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The Relic (1997)

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A homicide detective and an anthropologist try to destroy a South American lizard-like god, who's on a people eating rampage in a Chicago museum.

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Dr. Ann Cuthbert
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Det. Hollingsworth
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John Whitney
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Storyline

A researcher at Chicago's Natural History Museum returns from South America with some crates containing his findings. When the crates arrive at the museum without the owner there appears to be very little inside. However, police discover gruesome murders on the cargo ship that brought the crates to the US and then another murder in the museum itself. Investigating the murders is Lt. Vincent D'Agosta who enlists the help of Dr. Margo Green at the museum - she has taken an interest in the contents of her colleague's crates. Unknown to both there is a large creature roaming the museum which is gearing itself up for a benefit reception which the city's mayor is to attend. Written by Rob Hartill

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for monster violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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10 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 1,954,921,000 (Italy) (2 May 1997)

Gross:

ITL 3,016,379,000 (Italy) (6 June 1997)
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Trivia

The film was originally set to open in August 1996 but special effects work delayed its release till the end of the year/early 1997. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Whitney's crates containing the rare leaves are being shipped from Brazil, and the ship on which the kothoga journeys is "registered out of Brazil." Yet in the scene where Dr. Whitney races to try to keep the crates from shipping out, the captain and the dockworkers and crew are speaking Spanish rather than Portuguese. See more »

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Dr. Albert Frock: The Kai tribe, Lieutenant, believe that headaches were caused by sorcery. So, the family of the headache victim would identify the sorcerer, and then go out and murder him. Of course, the kinfolk of the sorcerer would feel they had to avenge his death, so they would then go out and kill the headache victim, and I'm sure you can guess how it all turned out.
Lt. Vincent D'Agosta: What's that?
Dr. Albert Frock: Well, it's a medical miracle: everybody stopped having headaches.
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SUNRISE
STRING QUARTET IN B FLAT MAJOR
Written by Joseph Haydn (as F.J. Haydn)
Performed by Kodaly Quartet
Courtesy of Naxos of America
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Plausible behavior makes this an attractive sci fi
16 June 2001 | by (San Francisco USA) – See all my reviews

Overall I liked this movie until I read half the reviews--done before, simplistic, not realistic, etc. It is not a GREAT sci fi movie, but it is not as ridiculous as most of the genre. Best feature is that none of the major characters behave idiotically to further the plot. One never feels compelled to yell "Turn around, stupid!" or "No. Don't go into the basement alone!" or "Please turn on the lights!" or (to the heroine) "Don't you remember it's invulnerable to bullets?" The heroine is afraid throughout the movie (shouldn't she be?), but is she irrational at any time? The curmudgeonly, wheelchair-bound senior researcher is trapped on an upper floor, but does he emerge at the end from his place of hiding behind the computer console? The detective is disbelieving at first, but does he obstruct and endanger in the end? The science may be unbelievable (it's like finding a mummy curse) and that prevents this from being a great sci fi, but the behavior of the characters seems authentic (researchers who know their environment) and that is this movie's major strength.


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