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Dark Age (1987)

In the Australian outback, a park ranger and two local guides set out to track down a giant crocodile that has been killing and eating the local populace. During the hunt, one of the guides... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Jarratt ... Steve Harris
Nikki Coghill ... Cathy Pope
Max Phipps ... John Besser
Burnham Burnham ... Oondabund
David Gulpilil ... Adjaral
Ray Meagher ... Rex Garret
Jeff Ashby Jeff Ashby ... Mac Wilson
Paul Bertram Paul Bertram ... Jackson
Ron Blanchard Ron Blanchard ... Bluey Noakes
Gerry Duggan Gerry Duggan ... Joe Blunt
Ken Radley Ken Radley ... Reynolds
Janet Kingsbury Janet Kingsbury ... Ann Wilson
James Fitzgerald James Fitzgerald ... Smithy
Hank Mosby Hank Mosby ... Hitchens
James Mann James Mann ... Hitching


In the Australian outback, a park ranger and two local guides set out to track down a giant crocodile that has been killing and eating the local populace. During the hunt, one of the guides discovers that he has an ESP connection to the giant creature. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

29 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A krokodilvadász See more »


Box Office


AUD 4,800,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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John Jarratt got to take the hat used in We Of The Never Never and he wears it again in this film. See more »


Rex Garret: Now you give me one good reason why crocodiles should be protected. Just one!
Rex GarretSteve Harris: One good reason? For 200 million years there's been a croc-like-animal... they were here at the time of the dinosaurs. For 200 million years! And we've taken them to the brink of extinction in 20.
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Highly Entertaining Killer Croc Movie
29 December 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Dark Age (1987)

*** (out of 4)

The setting is the Australian outback where a twenty-five foot crocodile begins attacking and killing people. Steve Harris (John Jarratt) is a park ranger who has been trying to get people involved in a protection plan for the crocs but now with the help of two guides he must try and track down the large creature.

Where has DARK AGE been all of my life? I love the various creature features that followed the success of JAWS and there have been several that had crocodiles running loose killing people. This one here is certainly one of the better ones and in all honesty I'm a little shocked that the film isn't better known. After going through some of the extras on the disc I learned that the film never got a theatrical release and it pretty much sunk onto video shelves and never made much of an impact.

That's really too bad because this works perfectly as a killer crocodile movie but also as an Ozploitation picture. The Australian outback makes for a terrific location and we get some beautiful views of the wetlands. I thought the film really played the location up nicely and it was great getting to see the characters go through these various areas. It just adds a level of suspense to the picture when you feel and believe the setting your watching (aka not being shot in a studio soundstage).

What makes the film so entertaining is that the director was willing to have anything happen. That means you've got attacks on countless adults and even children are at risk! The movie really didn't play any games as this was a killing machine and the attack sequences were quite good. It was clear that they were dealing with a fake crocodile in several scenes but this didn't take away from the entertainment value. I'd also argue that Jarratt was very good in the lead role and helped carry the film.

Some of the non-croc stuff isn't quite as entertaining but if you're a fan of these types of movies then DARK AGE is certainly a must see.

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