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Immortality (1998)

The Wisdom of Crocodiles (original title)
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Vampire in London is searching for the ideal woman to redeem him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Levels
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Hitler Wong ...
Noodles Chan
Maria Vaughan
Car Crash Mechanic
Car Crash Mechanic
Anastasia Hille ...
Nicholas Lamont ...
Toll Bridge Attendant (as Nick Lamont)
Joseph O'Conor ...
Mr. Nancarrow
Gang Leader
Gang Member
Hon Ping Tang ...
Gang Member


Steven is multi-talented, handsome, and a expert seducer of women. He craves intimacy with women, literally cannot live without it, and is in search of the perfect woman. All of his relationships, however, end tragically. Eventually, he meets Anne, a strong woman who is different, better than the others. However, soon it becomes clear that this is a relationship that only one of them will survive. The title refers to a quote from Francis Bacon, who wrote about crocodiles, who shed tears when they devour their prey. Written by <clazsis@aol.com>

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Handsome. Seductive. Deadly.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence and gore, language, and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Immortality  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,281 (USA) (14 July 2000)


$21,404 (USA) (21 July 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anthony Minghella's wife produced the film and used to watched the dailies at home each evening. Minghella would watch over her shoulder and was so impressed with Jude Law's performance he would cast him the following year as Dickie Greenleaf in "The Talented Mr Ripley" (1999) See more »


When Steven is standing in the police lineup he has a bruise on the corner of his mouth. During his interrogation in the next scene, the bruise is gone. See more »


Anna Labels: And are you sorry?
Steven Grlscz: Whatever my faults, malice isn't one of them.
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A dark and brooding thriller
19 December 2004 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

The Wisdom of Crocodiles is one of a new breed of vampire movies. Probably started by Abel Ferrera's "The Addiction", vampirism has turned into a sort of curse that turns it's afflicted into brooding philosophers. Gone are the vampire bats, wooden stakes and crucifixes that once were the staples of the genre, and the vampire genre has been changed into a commentary on disease. However, I'm all for innovation, even if it's not always advisable innovation, and The Wisdom of Crocodiles is one of the better 'new wave' vampire films. It actually seems to be taking more influence from George Romero's excellent 'Martin' than 'The Addiction' anyway. The Wisdom of Crocodiles (great name, by the way) stars Jude Law, in a tight performance, as a man afflicted with some sort of curse that forces him to suck the blood of women while in the act of lovemaking. To say any more than that would mean spoiling it, so I'll leave it there.

The Wisdom of Crocodiles has gained itself something of a cult following, and the channel I saw it on even introduced it as a 'cult classic'. I think this is an incorrect description of the film, as although it's not bad and certainly has it's moments; it hardly has the same qualities as true cult masterpieces, such as the aforementioned 'Martin'. The film benefits from a brooding atmosphere that is created by a brooding musical score that plays through almost the entire running time. This never gets annoying however, as the music is good and almost always adds to the images seen on screen. The film is slowly plotted, which might annoy some people and it's littered with philosophical ideas that Jude Law utters for a lot of the running time. This will probably irritate people that tuned in expecting a vampire movie, especially as there's little bloodletting, but some of the ideas put forward are fairly interesting, and keep the film alive.

This film shouldn't really be in with the classic vampire films at all, as it's a completely different animal (I suppose they couldn't really put it in with 'brooding cursed people', though). Vampire fans should take note of this, but even without the classic vampire thrills; there is much to like about this British chiller.

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