Fierce Creatures (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  24 January 1997 (USA)
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Zookeepers struggle to deal with the policies of changing directors.

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Don't pet them.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual innuendo and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Fish II  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,759,480 (USA) (24 January 1997)


ITL 856,578,000 (Italy) (28 March 1997)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Palin's gregarious character in this film was intended to make up for his character in A Fish Called Wanda (1988), who had a severe stutter and could barely speak. See more »


The spade that falls from the wall when Vince enters the shed replaces itself. See more »


Neville: Mate, Beijing called. We've got the television rights to their public executions.
Rod McCain: Worldwide?
Neville: Five guys a week, guaranteed.
Rod McCain: Beauty.
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Crazy Credits

No animals were injured during the making of this movie, only humans. See more »


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Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
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Farcical, entertaining comedy with some genuinely funny moments.
14 February 2003 | by (Dungarvan Ireland) – See all my reviews

This isn't a very important film so I'll be brief in what I have to say. Fierce Creatures is a generally amusing and quite enjoyable comedy. It stars the same four leads as did the 1988 hit, `A Fish Called Wanda' and even contains some in-jokes on that same film.

While never groundbreaking or thought provoking, Fierce Creatures does what it says it should do. The concept is quite imaginative, the four leads perform their roles superiorly and there is an impeccable comic timing.

Those with low expectations will come out very satisfied, and while it's easy to nit-pick and find faults, Fierce Creatures is a very good film that's not to be taken very seriously. 6.9 out of 10.

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