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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Ann Cuthbert
Det. Hollingsworth
Dr. Greg Lee
Tom Parkinson
Robert Lesser ...
Mayor Robert Owen
The Mayor's Wife
Lewis Van Bergen ...
John Whitney
Mrs. Blaisedale
Mr. Blaisedale
Dr. Zwiezic


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

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Release Date:

10 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Relic  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,064,143 (USA) (10 January 1997)


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

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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 »


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 »


Police Officer: His wife got custody of his son?
Det. Hollingsworth: No. His dog.
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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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A very original movie!
9 July 2001 | by (Florence,SC) – See all my reviews

This movie was really good. It happens to be my favorite horror movie! I read the book when the movie was in theatres. I loved the is my favorite book. But unfortunately.....I didn't get to see the movie. I waited years for this movie. I finally rented it this year and watched it. After 4 years, I wasn't disappointed. But the same night I saw this movie, it debuted on tv for the first time. Sucky coincidence, huh? All I'm asking is that you watch the movie and make your own decision about the movie.

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