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Piranha (1978)

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When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

Director:

Joe Dante

Writers:

Richard Robinson (story), John Sayles (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bradford Dillman ... Paul Grogan
Heather Menzies-Urich ... Maggie McKeown (as Heather Menzies)
Kevin McCarthy ... Dr. Robert Hoak
Keenan Wynn ... Jack
Dick Miller ... Buck Gardner
Barbara Steele ... Dr. Mengers
Belinda Balaski ... Betsy
Melody Thomas Scott ... Laura Dickinson (as Melody Thomas)
Bruce Gordon ... Colonel Waxman
Barry Brown ... Trooper
Paul Bartel ... Mr. Dumont
Shannon Collins Shannon Collins ... Suzie Grogan
Shawn Nelson Shawn Nelson ... Whitney
Richard Deacon ... Earl Lyon
Janie Squire Janie Squire ... Barbara Randolph
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When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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A hideous death lurked unseen in the river... See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

The novelization also fills in some trivia about Maggie. When her boyfriend walked out on her, she hired a private detective to find him. She got so hooked on the process she decided to become one herself. By the time she caught up with her ex, she wasn't interested anymore in why he left. See more »

Goofs

The water skier is doing his runs on the river. He is wearing a orange life jacket, but when he falls into the water the jacket is yellow. See more »

Quotes

Reporter: Terror, horror, death. Film at eleven.
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Crazy Credits

The title sinks into the pond water at the start, and turns it blood red. Over the end credits, we hear the sound of piranhas swimming in the ocean. The water turns red as well. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Charade (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
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Traditional camp song
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User Reviews

 
Better than expected
4 January 2015 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Better than expected.

Having seen the 2010 version of Piranha (and the 2012 sequel, which was even worse) I really didn't expect much from this, the 1978 original. Turns out it's not bad, and better than I expected.

Starts very well - setting the scene, developing the plot and characters. There is a genuine feeling of intrigue and engagement. You keep thinking "How are they going to stop this?".

From a point, however, it does degenerate into a B-grade creature feature, with action, body count and gore being the main drivers. It also feels like a bad ripoff of Jaws.

However, for the most part it is reasonably enjoyable and worth the watch.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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