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Frogs (1972)

A group of helpless victims celebrate a birthday on an island estate crawling with killer amphibians, birds, insects, and reptiles.

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George McCowan

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Robert Hutchison (screenplay), Robert Blees (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Jason Crockett
Sam Elliott ... Pickett Smith
Joan Van Ark ... Karen Crockett
Adam Roarke ... Clint Crockett
Judy Pace ... Bella Garrington
Lynn Borden ... Jenny Crockett
Mae Mercer Mae Mercer ... Maybelle
David Gilliam ... Michael Martindale
Nicholas Cortland Nicholas Cortland ... Kenneth Martindale
George Skaff George Skaff ... Stuart Martindale
Lance Taylor Sr. Lance Taylor Sr. ... Charles
Hollis Irving ... Iris Martindale (as Holly Irving)
Dale Willingham Dale Willingham ... Tina Crockett
Hal Hodges Hal Hodges ... Jay Crockett
Carolyn Fitzsimmons Carolyn Fitzsimmons ... Lady in Car
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Storyline

Jason Crockett is an aging, grumpy, physically disabled millionaire who invites his family to his island estate for his birthday celebration. Pickett Smith is a freelance photographer who is doing a pollution layout for an ecology magazine. Jason Crockett hates nature, poisoning anything that crawls on his property. On the night of his birthday, the frogs and other members of nature begin to pay Crockett back. Written by Kelly W. <tsenhue@escape.ca>

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It's the day that NATURE strikes back! See more »


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Official Sites:

MGM Studios (us)

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Invasão das Rãs See more »

Filming Locations:

Historical Museum, Florida, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Scenes of Sam Elliot shirtless helped him land the starring role in Lifeguard (1976). See more »

Goofs

At the end, each stuffed animal head makes a sound. The mounted bass makes the sound of a dolphin. See more »

Quotes

Jason Crockett: Karen... and everyone else... this conversation has ended!
Pickett Smith: No, it hasn't, Mr. Crockett. Look, with Grover and Kenneth dead, I don't know what's going on around here... or if it is happening anywhere else... but we are a bunch of damn fools not to realize that we are in a hell of a lot of trouble! And we are gonna have to get together to fight it!
Maybelle: Stop talking Mr. Pickett, 'cause you are the only man around here who's saying anything!
Pickett Smith: First of all, we're gonna have to try to find Iris, Stuart ...
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, a cartoon frog hops out with a hand hanging out of its mouth which it slurps back. See more »

Alternate Versions

In pre-release prints, Iris (Holly Irving) died by being pulled into quicksand by a giant butterfly, rather than by snakebite. The cut scene can still be glimpsed in the trailer. See more »

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A minor thriller with major atmosphere
30 April 1999 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

The plot here is little more than: "Help! We're surrounded by hostile creatures!" Yet there's something about this movie that lodges in the memory and it's probably its heavy, humid atmosphere -- like a hot summer day where nothing's happening yet you know there must be a storm brewing just over the horizon. The eclectic cast is headed by Ray Milland but the star here is Sam Elliott who makes his first real impression in the movies. His let-me-strip-off-my-sweaty-shirt-and-display-my-hairy-chest scenes were SO impressive that they landed him the lead role in that piece of beefcake-nirvana called "Lifeguard."

(June 2009 update: Note how this movie finds echoes, seven years later, in another Sam Elliott movie: "The Legacy." In both movies Elliott plays a young man who, because of a transportation accident, winds up as a reluctant guest at a mansion located in an isolated spot in the country. The mansion is owned, in both cases, by a distinguished older gentleman who suffers from a physical disability. There are other guests at the mansion and during the course of Elliott's stay, these guests are killed off, one by one -- in a variety of bizarre fashions -- by a mysterious force. In both movies, Elliott performs "beefcake" scenes which have a gratuitous quality. In "Frogs," he appears twice without his shirt and in "The Legacy" he has a rear-view nude scene.)


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