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Razorback (1984)

A vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback. The first victim is a small child who is killed. The child's granddad is brought to trial for killing the child but acquitted. The ... See full summary »

Director:

Russell Mulcahy

Writers:

Peter Brennan (novel), Everett De Roche
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Harrison ... Carl Winters
Arkie Whiteley Arkie Whiteley ... Sarah Cameron
Bill Kerr ... Jake Cullen
Chris Haywood ... Benny Baker
David Argue ... Dicko Baker
Judy Morris ... Beth Winters
John Howard ... Danny
John Ewart ... Turner
Don Smith Don Smith ... Wallace
Mervyn Drake Mervyn Drake ... Andy
Redmond Phillips ... Magistrate
Alan Becher Alan Becher ... Counsel (as Alan Beecher)
Peter Schwarz Peter Schwarz ... Lawyer (as Peter Schwartz)
Beth Child Beth Child ... Louise Cullen
Rick Kennedy Rick Kennedy ... Farmer
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Storyline

A vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback. The first victim is a small child who is killed. The child's granddad is brought to trial for killing the child but acquitted. The next victim is an American TV-journalist. Her husband Carl gets there and starts to search for the truth. The local inhabitants won't really help him, but he is joined by a hunter and a female farmer to find the beast. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

A new breed of terror See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dödens käftar See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,331, 18 November 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$150,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Beth Winters listens to the Duran Duran song "New Moon on Monday" on her car radio just before being attacked. Director Russell Mulcahy made music videos for the hit new wave band before landing his first motion picture job: Razorback. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jake Cullen: [to Scotty] Come on, off to bed. There, there, Scotty. Now, now, now, boy, it's alright.
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Alternate Versions

The uncut footage features a slightly longer version of Beth Winter's death. Jake Cullen has his face bitten off by the Razorback and is later seen with worms feeding off his rotting corpse. Dicko's death is much longer with more graphic shots of his leg in the Razorback's mouth and him spitting blood as he gets dragged away. The Razorback spits blood onto Carl Winter's face four times instead of two. See more »

Connections

Featured in Jaws on Trotters: The Making of 'Razorback' (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Eyes
Written and Composed by Elton John and Gary Osborne
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I love this movie!
13 December 2002 | by GafkeSee all my reviews

Okay, the plot sounds ludicrous, doesn't it? A giant killer pig? Despite the apparent ridiculousness of the plot, this movie is better than one might expect.

Beth Winters, a Canadian reporter, has come to the small Australian Outback town of Gamulla to shoot a story about the local dog food packing plant, which uses the meat of poached kangaroos in its product. When Beth disappears one night, her husband Carl arrives to find out what happened. Beth apparently ran afoul of the psychotic Baker brothers, who work in the plant. But crusty old Jake Cullen soon learns that Beth was a victim of a giant razorback, the same one that carried off his grandson years before and which he has been hunting ever since.

The Australian Outback becomes an almost alien world - desolate, strange and scary where any form of undiscovered life might exist. You don't get to see much of the giant pig, admittedly, but then they didn't have CGI back in the early 80's. The real menace of this movie lies with the kangaroo poachers, two brothers who reek of malevolence and filth all the way through the film. They were truly terrifying, and the insane laughter of David Argue (playing younger and more dangerous brother Dicko) still haunts me to this day.

Worth watching at least once.


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