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Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)

Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (original title)
A scuba diving instructor, her biochemist boyfriend, and her police chief ex-husband try to link a series of bizarre deaths to a mutant strain of piranha fish whose lair is a sunken freighter ship off a Caribbean island resort.


James Cameron, Ovidio G. Assonitis (uncredited) | 1 more credit »


Charles H. Eglee (screenplay by) (as H.A. Milton), James Cameron (screenplay) (as H.A. Milton)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tricia O'Neil ... Anne Kimbrough
Steve Marachuk ... Tyler Sherman
Lance Henriksen ... Police Chief Steve Kimbrough (as Lance Henricksen)
Ricky Paull Goldin ... Chris Kimbrough (as Ricky G. Paull)
Ted Richert Ted Richert ... Raoul, Hotel Manager
Leslie Graves ... Allison Dumont
Carole Davis ... Jai
Connie Lynn Hadden Connie Lynn Hadden ... Loretta
Arnie Ross Arnie Ross ... Mal the Cook
Tracey Berg ... Beverly (as Tracy Berg)
Albert Sanders Albert Sanders ... Leo Bell, D.D.S.
Anne Pollack Anne Pollack ... Mrs. Wilson
Hildy Magnasun Hildy Magnasun ... Myrna Benotti
Phil Colby ... Ralph Benotti
Lee Krug Lee Krug ... Ron 'Ronny', the Lifeguard


A sunken US supply ship off a Caribbean island resort is the focus for a series of mysterious piranha attacks. Investigating the death of one of her son's companions after a scuba-diving trip, Anne Kimbrough breaks into the morgue with holidaymaker Tyler Sherman, only to discover that the fish have wings and can fly. But the hotel manager refuses to call off the annual fish fry on the beach, with inevitable consequences... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The razor-jawed PIRANHA have arrived to feed... See more »


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"I was replaced after two-and-a-half weeks by the Italian producer. He just fired me and took over, which is what he wanted to do when he hired me. It wasn't until much later that I even figured out what had happened. It was like, "Oh, man, I thought I was doing a good job." But when I saw what they were cutting together, it was horrible. And then the producer wouldn't take my name off the picture because [contractually] they couldn't deliver it with an Italian name. So they left me on, no matter what I did. I had no legal power to influence him from Pomona, California, where I was sleeping on a friend's couch. I didn't even know an attorney. In actual fact, I did some directing on the film, but I don't feel it was my first movie."
  • James Cameron on "directing" Piranha II: The Spawning.
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When Tyler and Anne are exploring outside the clinic, Tyler's voice is different than from the rest of the film (he's dubbed by Ted Rusoff for just this scene). See more »


[last lines]
Anne Kimbrough: Kimbrough! Kimbrough!
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Alternate Versions

The video version is missing the scene that introduces the two female boaters Jai and Loretta who are sunbathing topless on their boat. Also in the video version, the scene of the teen couple Chris and Allison making out in the waterfall is much darker obscuring Allison's nudity. See more »


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Horrible sequel...
16 September 2011 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Sitting down to watch this movie in 2011, I was quite surprised to see James Cameron was involved in this movie, and I was also surprised to find Lance Henriksen on the cast list.

I have seen the first part of these movies and it wasn't too bad. Then this movie came along, and it all fell apart. The piranha themselves, weren't' too badly made, considering this is back from 1981. But the fact that they suddenly had wings and were flying about? Come on, seriously? That was just too much, and it totally made the movie turn from horror to comedy in a bad, bad way.

The movie also suffered from horrendous acting and really dull dialogue. The only one worth watching in the movie, in my opinion, was Lance Henriksen. There were just too many performances where you didn't buy into the performance for a second.

"Piranha 2: The Spawning" is a terrible sequel and is not really worth the time, unless you are desperately in need of finding something to watch and can't find anything else. I managed to sit through the entire movie, and I can honestly say that I will never pop this back into the DVD player again.

And also, I was sitting with a gnawing sensation that this entire movie was just a spin off of the "Jaws" movies, only with the lead "bad fish" changed from a shark to large, flying piranha. It took place on an island. There was a police officer (Lance Henriksen). Gee, didn't we see this in "Jaws" already?

All in all, "Piranha 2" is boring and uneventful. I wish it would just grow wings like the fish did and then fly away.

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Release Date:

5 November 1982 (USA) See more »

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Rome, Italy See more »


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$145,786 (estimated)
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