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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Grogan
... Maggie McKeown (as Heather Menzies)
... Dr. Robert Hoak
... Jack
... Buck Gardner
... Dr. Mengers
... Betsy
... Laura Dickinson (as Melody Thomas)
... Colonel Waxman
... Trooper
... Mr. Dumont
Shannon Collins ... Suzie Grogan
Shawn Nelson ... Whitney
... Earl Lyon
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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3 August 1978 (USA)  »

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Piraña  »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,000,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Executive producer Roger Corman called this film "my homage to Jaws (1975)." See more »

Goofs

At the climax, when Maggie is counting to a hundred before pulling Paul out of the water, her countdown is way off. She's either way behind or far ahead of the allotted time. See more »

Quotes

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

The FBI warning at the end of the credits ends with the phrase "So There." Producer Jon Davison used the same joke for the FBI warning in his later picture "Airplane." See more »

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Remade as Piranha 3D (2010) See more »

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This Movie Rocks!!!!
8 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

This movie rocks! One of the very best B movies of the 70's. OK I did see this movie on TV when I was a small child and yes I was scared for very good reasons. It wasn't safe to swim in the ocean and now rivers weren't safe. What next pools? This horror classic is fun to watch with friends just for laughs. OK you can see the strings on the piranhas, and yes the fins don't move? It is a little unbelievable. Or is it??? Unfortunately this movie is a hard to find which I find very disappointing. I would love to carry this title on DVD and purchase this as a great gag gifts for a few of my friends whom also love classic B movies! I myself highly recommend this movie especially if you enjoy B movies such as Day of the Animals, SSSSSS, and Alligator. I promise you a good time… Just beware of fresh water!


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