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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A massive corporate conglomerate, Octopus Inc., run by a shrewd and cruel tycoon named Rod McCain, purchases a UK-based leisure company, and also the failing London Marwood Zoo. To bring more business to the zoo, Octopus hires a new manager, Rollo Lee, who promptly comes up with a way to increase profits-do away with all the animals except for the ferocious ones. This new Fierce Creatures Policy shocks the Marwood zookeepers, led by the unendingly talkative Adrian "Bugsy" Malone. Eventually, Rod McCain's son Vince, along with the up-and-coming business executive Willa Weston, take control of the zoo and revoke the Fierce Creatures Policy. Vince instead comes up with many under-handed and vicious schemes to attract customers-unauthorized celebrity endorsements, shoddy, overpriced zoo merchandise, and using robotic animals instead of real ones. However, Vince is also stealing from the zoo's funds, and when his father finds out, he rears to turn the zoo into a Japanese-owned golf course.... Written by Josh Martin <>

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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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Apart from featuring many of the same cast and crew, the official movie poster from 'Fierce Creatures' carefully mirrors the one from A Fish Called Wanda (1988): Michael Palin stands on the left, Kevin Kline on the right with his legs slightly spread; John Cleese is standing at the back, with Jamie Lee Curtis sitting on a chair in the middle with her right leg over the left, while holding an animal. The four actors are even credited in the same order. See more »


The foam in Vince's champagne glass when he pours it and drinks it. 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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No animals were injured during the making of this movie, only humans. See more »


Hungry Heart
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
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One of the funniest movies of all time
28 November 2004 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

...WAY funnier than "A Fish Called Wanda".

I enjoy "Wanda", but "Fierce Creatures" should get the acclaim that earlier film does. It has a few weak moments of sentimentality, but they're quickly forgotten; nearly every scene is packed to bursting with witheringly literate putdowns and rejoinders, performances given just the right amount of push over the edge, and someone's best-laid schemes unraveling in hilariously improbable fashion. Kevin Kline oozes handsome, clueless yuppie smarm from every pore; John Cleese plays a take-charge-but-eventually-beleaguered Basil Fawlty variation with his usual timing mastery.

A should-be comedy classic that doesn't get the praise it's due.

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