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The Relic (1997)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  10 January 1997 (USA)
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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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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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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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ITL 3,016,379,000 (Italy) (6 June 1997)
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Peter Hyams:  [Spota]  a character named Spota. 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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Not bad for its type
1 December 1999 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

I am not a big fan of these types of movies, but I have to say I was reasonably entertained for the most part(Admittedly, I watched this on TV, which could increase my tolerance level, but then again I saw JADE on TV as well). It sets things up nicely before the chase, it doesn't throw in a romantic angle just for the sake of throwing it in, the two leads, Penelope Ann Miller(remember when she was in big movies?) and Tom Sizemore, are both good, and once the chase starts, it's gripping. Admittedly, there are some flaws; having read the novel first, I knew how the creature came to be, which robbed some suspense(and while I appreciate that they had to take a shortcut to explain things, this was a little TOO short), while the photography needed to be dark, it was too dark at times, and Miller's colleague Greg(I forget the actor's name) veered uncomfortably close to stereotype. Still, this was an entertaining time-waster.


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