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Leprechaun (1993)

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An evil, sadistic Leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold.

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Mark Jones

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Mark Jones
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warwick Davis ... Leprechaun
Jennifer Aniston ... Tory Reding
Ken Olandt ... Nathan Murphy
Mark Holton ... Ozzie
Robert Hy Gorman ... Alex (as Robert Gorman)
Shay Duffin ... Dan O'Grady
John Sanderford ... J.D. Reding
John Voldstad John Voldstad ... Shop Owner
Pamela Mant ... Mrs. O'Grady
William Newman ... Sheriff Cronin
David Permenter ... Deputy Tripet
Raymond C. Turner Raymond C. Turner ... Dispatcher (as Raymond Turner)
Heather Kennedy Heather Kennedy ... Waitress
Tim Garrick Tim Garrick ... Customer (as Timothy Garrick)
Alexandra Sachs ... Little Girl's Voice (voice)
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Storyline

When Dan O'Grady returns to the U.S. after stealing some Irish leprechaun's pot of gold, he thinks he can settle down and enjoy his newfound wealth. He thought wrong. The leprechaun followed him and O'Grady barely gets away with his life, having locked the little monster in his basement. Ten years later, J.D. and his spoiled daughter Tory move in. By accident, the leprechaun is released and almost immediately the annoying creature starts to look for his gold, not displaying any respect for human life. Written by Peter Zweers <peterz@pi.net>

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Her luck just ran out [DVD] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leprechaun See more »

Filming Locations:

Saugus, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,493,020, 10 January 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,556,940
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Trimark Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

George Lucas received a "special thanks" credit because Warwick Davis was under contract to him, and he gave Davis permission to appear in the movie. See more »

Goofs

After J.D. is bitten by what he thinks is a cat, the shot of the leprechaun in the hole is obviously an image superimposed over the hole, with daylight shining behind him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Leprechaun: [the Leprechaun talks to himself while sitting over his pot of gold] Ah! Try as they will, and try as they might, who steals me gold won't live through the night.
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Soundtracks

FOUR LEAF CLOVER
Written by Andrew Keresztes
Produced by Kevin Kiner and Andrew Keresztes
Publisher: KAY & EM MUSIC/BMI
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The Beginning Of A Cult Phenomenon
29 March 2007 | by canucks_88See all my reviews

Alright "phenomenon" may be a stretch, but "cult" definitely describes the Leprechaun film franchise. Writer/Director Mark Jones really took some chances with this movie in the early 90's, a time when the Horror genre appeared to be washed up. The end result was a moderately successful B movie that developed a small, but enthusiastic fan base. The idea of a leprechaun in a slasher flick may seem like a ridiculous concept at first. Let's face it, in most folk tales leprechauns are portrayed as adorable little Irish elves; not as hideous, conniving, murderous creatures. Mark Jones could have tried to make this a dark film, and if he had done that it likely would have failed miserably. By throwing some humour into the mix, the concept of the film begins to make sense and the movie becomes rather enjoyable to watch. Leprechaun was well-cast. Jennifer Aniston got her first big break, and she did a tremendous job. Watching her for the first time, it was obvious that she was going to move on to bigger and better things. Warwick Davis is another talented actor and was the perfect choice to play the Leprechaun. This franchise would likely have never become so popular if it weren't for him. The rest of the cast is made up mostly of character actors such as Ken Olandt, Mark Holton, and Robert Gorman. While their performances aren't Oscar worthy, they all do their part to keep the film moving along smoothly. The story is nothing too complex. It is what one would expect for a horror film with a Leprechaun. A Leprechaun has his pot of gold stolen and will stop at nothing to retrieve it and murder anyone who gets in his way. The only way he can be stopped is by using a four-leaf clover. The effects were decent for a low budget movie. The Leprechaun's make-up was very well done. It really enhanced the idea that this is supposed to be an evil Leprechaun. Overall if you are expecting to get a good scare from this movie, you will be disappointed. However, if you are simply looking for a simple, enjoyable movie with some light humour and a decent amount of gore, then this would definitely be worthwhile.


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