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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Effects man Bob McCarron designed a total of six boars for the film, one of them designed to ram vehicles. 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 original Australian version of the film was edited down to secure a more commercial M rating (known as the "theatrical version") by removing 4 scenes of graphic violence. The cut scenes included footage of explicit gore and blood-spurts in the death of 3 of the characters plus the final killing of the razorback itself. The UK Anchor Bay and Australian Umbrella releases contain the theatrical version, though the 4 deleted scenes are available as extras on the Australian DVD. See more »

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Decent creature feature
30 March 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Razorback marks one of Australia's only successful forays into the horror genre, but it's certainly not without it's critics. It's negative reaction isn't unfounded, as Razorback is badly acted, has a trite script, utilises any number of clichés and has an overall 'deja vu' sort of feeling; but in spite of this, it still succeeds in being a fine piece of entertainment. A wild boar isn't the first animal you would think of to star in it's very own creature feature; but the idea actually works quite well, and it makes a nice change from the usual barrage of sharks, crocodiles and whatnot. This feature is also notable for it's special effects, which certainly aren't groundbreaking - but it ain't half bad either. In films such as this, it's usually shabby effects that end up letting it down; but the creature in this movie is surprisingly realistic! The plot is a familiar one, and it basically follows a gigantic wild boar that's on the loose somewhere in Australia. It's not exactly intelligent stuff, but it's a lovely premise for a fun ride.

The film is directed by Russell Mulcahy, and it was made a year before he would have his big hit with Highlander. His direction is solid enough, and it's notable for the way that he captures the locations within the Australian outback. Some of the shots are truly breathtaking, especially the atmosphere ones that are filled with smoke. One thing you will notice about the plotting of this movie is the way that it swaps through different characters for it's main protagonist on numerous occasions. This is both a help and a hindrance to the movie as, on one hand, it ensures that the film stays lively and exciting; it also restricts the viewer from placing their confidence in the character as we don't get to spend a lot of time with them, which hinders it when it comes to the tension building sequences. This also makes the plotting of the movie inconsistent, which certainly isn't a good thing. One thing I love about Australian cinema is the way that it captures the accents and dialect, and this film is no exception to that trend. It's a lovely tongue to listen to, and that helps to make this movie more of a pleasure. On the whole, this film won't win any awards; but there's worse ways to spend ninety minutes of your life.


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