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Razorback (1984)

As a vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback, the husband of one of the victims is joined by a hunter and a farmer in a search for the beast.

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:

AUD5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,331, 18 November 1984

Gross USA:

$150,140

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,140
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jake Cullen's primary firearm is a, Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE), a No. 1 Mk III*, "sporterised" (with fore-end cut down and a telescopic sight fitted to suit sporting use). This was a popular and inexpensive, choice in Australia, where surplus SMLEs, were sold off cheaply in the post WWII period. 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 »

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fantastic piggy fun
4 October 2003 | by macduff50See all my reviews

Judging by the external reviews, quite a few people appear to hate this film. I can see why, but I think they're coming at it from the wrong angle.

I see it as - intentionally - trying to send up the whole genre of vengeful animals horror flicks. In truth, neither sharks nor grizzlies, and certainly not razorback hogs, are smart enough to conceptualize, let alone carry out, acts of vengeance on humankind. The film simply takes the "rules" of this particular genre and applies them to a ludicrously unfit vehicle: a giant pig. And there are some pretty funny scenes, notably one where the monster eats a nasty watchdog that's chained to the side of a house; naturally, the corner of the house to which the chain is attached comes off and Joe Couch Potato is left sitting in a wall-less abode, staring quizzically as his television disappears into the outback.

Treat it as comedy, and the film makes a lot more sense.


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