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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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Matt Collins
Gabriel Malema ...
Jojo
Linda Mpondo ...
Gold Tooth
Lehlohonolo Makoko ...
Beanpole
Dumisani Mbebe ...
Harry
Eddy 'Big Eddy' Bekombo ...
Ato
Chris April ...
Captain
Ernest Ndhlovu ...
Shaman
Erica Wessels ...
Dr. Cathy Andrews
Vivian Moodley ...
Indian UN Officer
Lika Berning ...
Rachel (as Lika van den Bergh)
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Storyline

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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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)

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Steven Johnson: You know what? This crocodile's like O.J. Simpson. He messed up when he killed that white woman.
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Connections

References Capturing the Killer Croc (2004) See more »

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Ni Wakati
Written and Performed by Kalamashaka
Courtesy of Kalamashaka and World Music Network
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Misleading advertisement: Actually an action-adventure thriller worth giving a shot
14 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought that this movie was very well done, but like many other people have said the advertisements were extremely misleading. My mom and I are big fans of horror movies and went expecting to see a slasher film, but once the movie started we quickly realized that it was an action adventure thriller. However, despite the fact that the movie was not what we were expecting, we both ended up really enjoying it (probably because we are fans of both genres).

Now on to the movie: The script was extremely well written, managing to bring the broader issues of genocide and civil war to light while at the same time delivering plenty of action and scare sequences, as well as humor to lighten the mood between the thrill sequences.

In addition to the writing, the actors only further contribute to the high quality of the script by consistently hitting their marks and clearly conveying the intended humor, horror, or whatever else is called for during the different scenes.

I was also impressed by the directing and cinematography. The combination of the two resulted in creating a movie that manages to involve the audience and provide footage that matches whatever mood is needed at the time; whether it be awe at the beauty of Africa or the fear when the characters are facing a dangerous situation.

To be fair, I must admit that the movie did not have very good graphics and audiences will be able to easily tell that the crocodile is done through CGI. However, between a little imagination and the actors believable performances, this does not detract from the thrills of the movie.

Ultimately if you are a fan of action-adventure and enjoy a good thrill I would highly recommend this movie, but if you are looking for a slasher film don't bother.


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