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

Director:

George McCowan

Writers:

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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Millions of slimy bodies squirming everywhere! Millions of gaping mouths devouring... devouring... devouring... See more »


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Trivia

Because the film's poster art depicts a human hand hanging out of a huge frog's mouth, viewers often assume the film is about giant man-eating frogs, rather than swamp wildlife on the rampage. See more »

Goofs

The film, about evil frogs, shows toads. See more »

Quotes

Jason Crockett: I still believe man is master of the world.
Pickett Smith: Does that mean he can't live in harmony with the rest of it?
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, Sam Eliott's character is taking photographs in the swamp. Each time he supposedly takes a picture, the picture freezes and a credit appear on screen. Each new credit is accompanied by the sound of a clicking camera. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.74 (2009) See more »

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Nature against Mankind – The Payback
20 November 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The free-lance photographer Pickett Smith (Sam Elliott) is taking pictures of the pollution in a swamp in Florida for a magazine of ecology in his canoe. Out of the blue, he is hit by a motor boat piloted by Clint Crockett (Adam Roarke) and his sister Karen Crockett (Joan Van Ark) and capsizes.

Clint and Karen invite Pickett for the party in the private island of their grumpy grandfather Jason Crockett (Ray Milland), an old fashioned disabled patriarch that enjoys celebrating his birthday on the 4th July with his family.

Pickett realizes that the island is infested of frogs and reptiles and Jason has ordered his caretaker to poison his real estate to get rid of the amphibians and creepy crawlies. But soon Picket realizes that they are living the payback of nature against mankind.

The trash "Frogs" is probably one of the first movies to defend the ecology and absolutely ahead of the time. This is the first feature of Sam Elliot, who acts with the veteran Ray Milland. The story is funny and never scares but entertains. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "A Invasão das Rãs" ("The Frogs'Invasion")


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Official Sites:

MGM Studios (us)

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frogs See more »

Filming Locations:

Historical Museum, Florida, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$475,265
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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