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Crocodile Dundee (1986)

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An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City.

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Peter Faiman

Writers:

Ken Shadie (screenplay), John Cornell (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Hogan ... Michael J. 'Crocodile' Dundee
Linda Kozlowski ... Sue Charlton
John Meillon ... Walter Reilly
David Gulpilil ... Neville Bell
Ritchie Singer ... Con
Maggie Blinco Maggie Blinco ... Ida
Steve Rackman ... Donk
Gerry Skilton Gerry Skilton ... Nugget
Terry Gill Terry Gill ... Duffy
Peter Turnbull Peter Turnbull ... Trevor
Khristina Totos Khristina Totos ... Rosita (as Christine Totos)
Graham 'Grace' Walker Graham 'Grace' Walker ... Angelo
David Bracks ... Burt (Roo Shooter)
Brett Hogan Brett Hogan ... Peter (Roo Shooter)
Mark Blum ... Richard Mason
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Storyline

Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee is an Australian crocodile hunter who lives in the Australian outback and runs a safari business with his trusted friend and mentor Walter Reilly. After surviving a crocodile attack, a New York journalist named Sue arrives to interview Mick about how he survived and learns more about the crocodile hunter. After saving Sue from a crocodile, Sue invites Mick to visit New York City, since Mick has never been to a city. Mick finds the culture and life in New York City a lot different than his home and he finds himself falling in love with Sue. Written by Daniel Williamson

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There's a little of him in all of us. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

'Crocodile' Dundee See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

AUD 1,412,494 (Australia), 1 May 1986

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,038,855, 28 September 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$174,635,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$360,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rimfire Films See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Cornell was credited for the screenplay in the international version but only as a script editor in the original Australian release. See more »

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In the opening credits it shows the cockpit of the helicopter. The pilot is wearing a ball cap that says Hiller Helicopters. The helicopter is actually a Bell Helicopter Model 47-G. Hiller did make a similar helicopter. Hiller Model 360. The Model 360 was designated by the company as the UH-12. See more »

Quotes

Dorothy Wainwright: So what do you think of New York, Mr. Dundee?
Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee: Oh, bit of a lunatic asylum, if you ask me. But that's what I like about it, 'cuz I FIT RIGHT IN!
[grins impishly]
Dorothy Wainwright: [gulps genteely, then turns to her husband] What a strange unusual fellow.
Sue Charlton: [in a smiling but somewhat embarrassed low tone, so that only Mick can hear] Dorothy's fine now, but she used to be REALLY uptight.
Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee: [in naive curiosity] What happened?
Sue Charlton: She found a wonderful shrink.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The cinema (theatrical) version included a scene where Mick was in the kitchen at a party and saw a guy snorting cocaine. He takes it and puts it into a bowl of hot water, thinking that the guy has a cold or flu. This scene is missing in some TV and video editions. These editions also remove a scene where a girl smokes Dundee's roll up cigarette, mistaking it for a joint, and describes it as 'good shit'. See more »

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Soundtracks

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Performed by INXS
Written by Andrew Farriss (as A. Farriss) and Michael Hutchence (as M. Hutchence)
Produced by Andrew Farriss (as A. Farriss)
Engineered by D. Nicholas
Copyright 1986 Tol Muziek
Administered worldwide by MCA Music, Inc.
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Croc Out of the Water...One of the Best of its Kind...
3 April 2003 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Crocodile Dundee - 4/5 stars

A Film Review by John Ulmer

"Crocodile Dundee" is one of those Fish Out of the Water tales; the innocent outsider thrown into the frustrations of modern life. Or is it the Croc out of the Water? Whatever it is, it's one of the best of its genre.

"Crocodile Dundee" is about a newspaper journalist (Linda Kozlowski) who travels out to the Outback, where she meets with Mick Dundee, better known as "Crocodile" Dundee. After wandering around in the Outback for a few days with Mick, writing her little story about surviving in the Outback, she decides that it would be interesting for her (or her newspaper?) to bring Mick back to New York City, where she lives. Mick reluctantly agrees, and travels to New York City clad in his croc-skin vest and Australian hat. Now Mick will have to adjust to modern life if he wishes to survive in New York.

"Crocodile Dundee" is, in a way, very typical of its kind. For example: Mick walks off the plane to NYC and steps onto an escalator, dressed in his Australian attire. Now, no matter how innocent and inexperienced a guy is, you can't tell me he's not going to realize he looks a bit odd in his clothes. The first thing I'd do is try to change to fit in better. But, you see, this is half the fun of this films, and all Fish Out of the Water films for that matter. If the main character did adapt straight away to his new surroundings, not only would it make for an awfully boring tale, but it would not be a proper Fish Out of the Water film.

Not only is Paul Hogan completely convincing in his role as Mick Dundee, he is utterly likable from the start. He's a nice, innocent Outback man who learns what the fast life is like, yet sticks to his old ways. As we can see from the less-successful sequels, Mick never really adapts to his surroundings. He learns how to survive, but he never buys fancy clothes or such: he sticks with his croc-vest and hat.

While "Crocodile Dundee" isn't exactly a great comedy, it's one of those that can be remembered for being very funny, and it is easy to watch. It has a certain charm to it, like many of those eighties' comedies. It makes it hard to hate them. Just yesterday I wrote a review for "Opportunity Knocks" with Dana Carvey. That movie wasn't great, but it's hard to dislike it. While "Crocodile Dundee" is about ten times greater than "Opportunity Knocks," it still isn't an excellent comedy. But because of its likable charm and great sense of humor, it's definitely one to see and watch many, many times.

There have been a lot of these kinds of films: "Blast From the Past," "Bubble Boy," to name a few recent of the genre. But "Crocodile Dundee" ranks as one of the best of its kind.

4/5 stars -

John Ulmer


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