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Fierce Creatures (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 24 January 1997 (USA)
Zookeepers struggle to deal with the policies of changing directors.

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A duke dies and leaves the title and wealth to his adult son. But who's the real son: the found baby raised in USA or the abandoned baby raised by a Hindi family in London? Comedy follows.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cleese ... Rollo Lee
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Willa Weston
Kevin Kline ... Vince McCain / Rod McCain
Michael Palin ... Bugsy Malone
Ronnie Corbett ... Reggie Sealions
Carey Lowell ... Cub Felines
Robert Lindsay ... Sydney Small Mammals
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... Neville Coltrane
Derek Griffiths Derek Griffiths ... Gerry Ungulates
Cynthia Cleese ... Pip Small Mammals
Richard Ridings ... Hugh Primates
Maria Aitken ... Di Admin
Michael Percival Michael Percival ... Ant Keeper
Fred Evans Fred Evans ... Flamingo Keeper
Lisa Hogan Lisa Hogan ... Sealion Keeper
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Storyline

A massive corporate conglomerate, Octopus Inc., run by a shrewd and cruel tycoon named Rod McCain, purchases a UK-based leisure company, and also the failing London Marwood Zoo. To bring more business to the zoo, Octopus hires a new manager, Rollo Lee, who promptly comes up with a way to increase profits-do away with all the animals except for the ferocious ones. This new Fierce Creatures Policy shocks the Marwood zookeepers, led by the unendingly talkative Adrian "Bugsy" Malone. Eventually, Rod McCain's son Vince, along with the up-and-coming business executive Willa Weston, take control of the zoo and revoke the Fierce Creatures Policy. Vince instead comes up with many under-handed and vicious schemes to attract customers-unauthorized celebrity endorsements, shoddy, overpriced zoo merchandise, and using robotic animals instead of real ones. However, Vince is also stealing from the zoo's funds, and when his father finds out, he rears to turn the zoo into a Japanese-owned golf course.... Written by Josh Martin <jmartin@netarrant.net>

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Taglines:

Don't pet them.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual innuendo and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Fish II See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,759,480, 26 January 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,381,260

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,381,260
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR | DTS-Stereo | Dolby Digital (5.1 surround) (DVD version)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Preview audiences disliked the original ending, and a decision was made to reshoot it. Unfortunately, Michael Palin had already embarked on an eight-month voyage around the Pacific Ocean for the BBC documentary Full Circle with Michael Palin (1997), and director Robert Young had begun his next film. Fred Schepisi, who was already talking to John Cleese about a film based on Don Quixote, was chosen to reshoot the ending when Palin returned from his trip. See more »

Goofs

When Willa tells Vince she had an extraordinary experience with the gorilla, we hear her say "yesterday", but she is obviously saying "this morning". See more »

Quotes

Vince McCain: [Disguised as Rod] I'm going to the shed. Mother always said, when you're naughty, you go to the shed. And I've been naughty. God, I'm depressed.
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Crazy Credits

No animals were injured during the making of this movie, only humans. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The John Cleese Interview (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungry Heart
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
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One of the funniest movies of all time
28 November 2004 | by jamminecSee all my reviews

...WAY funnier than "A Fish Called Wanda".

I enjoy "Wanda", but "Fierce Creatures" should get the acclaim that earlier film does. It has a few weak moments of sentimentality, but they're quickly forgotten; nearly every scene is packed to bursting with witheringly literate putdowns and rejoinders, performances given just the right amount of push over the edge, and someone's best-laid schemes unraveling in hilariously improbable fashion. Kevin Kline oozes handsome, clueless yuppie smarm from every pore; John Cleese plays a take-charge-but-eventually-beleaguered Basil Fawlty variation with his usual timing mastery.

A should-be comedy classic that doesn't get the praise it's due.


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