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A news team is sent to Burundi to capture and bring home a legendary 25-foot crocodile. Their difficult task turns potentially deadly when a warlord targets them for death.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Collins
Gabriel Malema ...
Linda Mpondo ...
Gold Tooth
Lehlohonolo Makoko ...
Dumisani Mbebe ...
Eddy 'Big Eddy' Bekombo ...
Chris April ...
Ernest Ndlovu ...
Shaman (as Ernest Ndhlovu)
Erica Wessels ...
Dr. Cathy Andrews
Vivian Moodley ...
Indian UN Officer
Rachel (as Lika van den Bergh)


TV show star reporter Tim Manfrey and his cameraman Steven Johnson travel to Burundi to get sensational footage of a giant crococilian monster which attacked a UN identification team and the Tutsi-Hutu tribal civil war carnage mass grave corpses it was digging up in a Great Lakes marsh area. But it turns out danger also lurks in the armed form of a local war lord. Written by KGF Vissers

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Inspired by the true story of the most prolific serial killer in history. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, brutality, terror and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gustave  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,792,318 (USA) (12 January 2007)


$10,596,100 (USA) (2 March 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In real life, as seen in this film, an attempt to bait the crocodile failed. The team used a live goat as bait one night, and the team continued this for days. One day the goat disappeared. The camera failed the night before due to a storm, and then political issues in the area forced the team out of the country. Leaving them unable to know what happened that night. See more »


Errors in crocodile biology: Crocodiles don't roar, they have no vocal cords (although they do hiss). They also can't see from underwater at night, nor can they swallow underwater. See more »


Steven Johnson: [to Jojo] If I have to shove you up my ass to get you through customs, you are going to America.
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References Pimp My Ride (2004) See more »


Written and Performed by Moussa Doumbia
Courtesy of Luaka Bop
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User Reviews

OK, if there is a cover of a crocodile, I'm expecting the crocodile to make more than a 5 minute appearance
11 July 2007 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I have no idea why, but from the cover and short summary in back, I thought that Primevil might have been an entertaining horror film. I'm not really into crocodile stories, they usually don't work, but for some reason this one looked very promising. When I started watching it, I kept checking the cover just to make sure I was on track, but the story just seemed to get lost somewhere. Now I don't mind different stories, but the cover promised something else and I wasn't even really that entertained or moved by the story.

Basically there is a killer crocodile in Africa, apparently he is a big one to be very frightened of. So an American crew of reporters wish to capture the beast or get him on film so they can help these villages and become famous more so. But there is another major problem that takes the story to a completely different place, where there is a huge war going on and starts to terrorize these reporters and one by one they are killed off before the crocodile gets to them.

Primevil would have had good potential for a horror movie, but it just went in an intense turn where you had no idea where the film would take you. The script was also in some ways done in poor taste and wasn't well thought out, like I'm not offended easily usually when it comes to racial jokes, but Orlando going on about slavery in Africa went a little too far and was ridiculous. The acting is so so, not the worst I've seen, but the effects are not that impressive, a warning in advance. But if you would like to check out this film, please feel free, but I wouldn't really recommend it.


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