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Piranha (1995)

The private investigator Maggie McNamara from Lyon Investigation is hired by the wealthy J.R. Randolph to find his niece that has disappeared with her boyfriend. Maggie seeks out the lonely... See full summary »

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Scott P. Levy

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Richard Robinson (story), John Sayles (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Katt ... Paul Grogan
Alexandra Paul ... Maggie McNamara
Monte Markham ... J.R. Randolph
Darleen Carr ... Dr. Leticia Baines
Mila Kunis ... Susie Grogan
Soleil Moon Frye ... Laura
Kehli O'Byrne ... Gina Green
James Karen ... Governor
Drancy Jackson Drancy Jackson ... Jimmy
Billie Worley Billie Worley ... Whitney
Shannon Farrara ... Darlene
Kaz Garas ... Sheriff Carl
Richard Israel Richard Israel ... Dave
Lorissa McComas Lorissa McComas ... Barbara
Leland Orser ... Terry Wechsler
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The private investigator Maggie McNamara from Lyon Investigation is hired by the wealthy J.R. Randolph to find his niece that has disappeared with her boyfriend. Maggie seeks out the lonely environmentalist Paul Grogan to help her to look for the teenager. They head to an abandoned army facility and Maggie decides to drain the pools to see whether the body of the girl is there. They are assaulted by a woman with a crowbar but they subdue her. However she escapes and soon they learn that the woman is Dr. Leticia Baines, who is researching a hybrid species of piranha that is capable to survive in fresh and sea waters for military purpose. Further, Maggie has release the piranhas on the river and they are heading to the Lost River Lake Resort. Maggie and Paul inform the corrupt local Sheriff but Randolph tells him to lock them up since he does not want to jeopardize the party he has promoted to his resort. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Lost River Lake was a thriving resort... Until they discovered...

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roger Corman Presents Piranha See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Even though special effects had made considerable progress since 1978, stock-footage from Joe Dante's version was used for close-ups of the killing fish of that film. See more »

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When William Kat jumps into the water near the end of the movie..you can clearly see the markings on the swimming pool wall that they filmed the jump into. See more »

Quotes

Whitney: They're eating the guests, sir.
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Connections

References Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) See more »

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Killer Mutant Piranha
Written by David Teague
Performed by Uncle Dog Food
Published by Roger's Little Shop of Music (BMI)
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Killer mutant piranha...
18 February 2011 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Despite being old, this remake of the classic "Piranha" movie is actually not all that shabby. And I would say that it is actually better than the 2010 remake (aside from the effects in the 2010 version).

The story doesn't get any easier to follow than it is presented in the movie. The government have been experimenting on piranha fish for insertion into Russia and the East. Yeah, seems plausible enough, right? Haha... Then the project was shut down, but the experiments continued. Now, years later, the piranha are accidentally released out into the nearby river. Wait, it gets better, this new strain of piranha can live in both salt and fresh water, as well as warm and cold water. And the piranha are hungry... There, story summarized.

"Piranha" actually manages to keep you entertained throughout the entire feature length, and you want to see what happens next.

As for the cast in "Piranha", then there were some pretty good names, such as William Katt (playing Paul Grogan) and a very young Mila Kunis (playing Susie Grogan). There are some other familiar faces on the roster as well, and of course an always welcomed face on the screen, James Karen (playing the governor).

"Piranha" is worth checking out if you like cheesy horror movies. If for nothing else, then watch it for the hilarious song that plays when the end credits are rolling over the screen; killer mutant piranha...

Oh, and notice how the film makers used the same footage of the swimming piranha school over and over again, and sometimes would just zoom in, but still use the same shot. That was wonderful. And also, take notice of the eagle-like cry the piranha emits when they attack, that had me laughing out loud. Priceless entertainment right there.

You should check out this 1995 version of "Piranha" if you have watched the original or the 2010 remake. Trust me...


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