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The Relic (1997)

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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Det. Hollingsworth
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Mayor Robert Owen
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John Whitney
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Dr. Zwiezic
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McNally
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Bailey
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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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There are secrets better left unknown, and treasures better left undiscovered. In 1995, a scientific expedition found something that turns myths into nightmares...something that gives shape to fear, and form to evil...something as powerful as it is deadly. They should never have sought it. They should never have touched it. And then, they did the unthinkable...THEY BROUGHT IT BACK. See more »


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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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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$33,927,476 (USA) (9 May 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 »

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During the autopsy scene, the ties on the medical examiner's mask change between going over the microphone headset and going underneath. See more »

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[Dr. Whitney sits around the fire with the Zenzera tribe, who then hand Dr. Whitney a drink from the boiling pot over the fire]
John Whitney: [Dr. Whitney takes a drink before coughing, when one of the tribe members crawls towards him wearing some sort of beastly outfit] Oh, my God! The Kothoga.
[Dr. Whitney moans in fear, then begins uncontrollably screaming when the tribe member crawls up to him and hisses]
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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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the best horror movie i've ever seen
4 February 1999 | by (ashland oregon) – See all my reviews

Don't take my one line summary as a huge compliment to this movie, because i've only seen a handful of horror films. However this is the horror movie I was most entertained by and the one I like to watch numerous times. The characters are interesting, it's pretty scary, and it at least tries to sound intelligent. The first half is a tad slow moving but the second half will no doubt keep your interest. My only big complaint is the incredibly dark atmosphere which will make you turn the brightness on your televisoion all the way to the max amount. It's very violent and bloody but it didn't offend me in the least. If you feel like renting a quality horror film I would recommend this one.


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