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The Relic (1997)

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A homicide detective and an anthropologist try to destroy a South American lizard-like god, who's on a people eating rampage in a Chicago museum.

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Peter Hyams

Writers:

Douglas Preston (novel), Lincoln Child (novel) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penelope Ann Miller ... Dr. Margo Green
Tom Sizemore ... Lt. Vincent D'Agosta
Linda Hunt ... Dr. Ann Cuthbert
James Whitmore ... Dr. Albert Frock
Clayton Rohner ... Det. Hollingsworth
Chi Muoi Lo ... Dr. Greg Lee
Thomas Ryan Thomas Ryan ... Tom Parkinson
Robert Lesser ... Mayor Robert Owen
Diane Robin ... The Mayor's Wife
Lewis Van Bergen ... John Whitney
Constance Towers ... Mrs. Blaisedale
Francis X. McCarthy ... Mr. Blaisedale
Audra Lindley ... Dr. Zwiezic
John Kapelos ... McNally
Tico Wells Tico Wells ... Bailey
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Storyline

A researcher at Chicago's Natural History Museum sends two crates from South America containing his findings, and when the crates arrive at the museum there appears to be very little inside. However, police discover gruesome murders on the cargo ship that supposedly brought the crates to the U.S. A murder soon takes place in the museum, and while investigating the murder, Lt. Vincent D'Agosta enlists the help of Dr. Margo Green, a researcher, at the museum. She has taken an interest in the contents of her colleague's crates. Unknown to both there is a large creature roaming the museum which is gearing itself up for a benefit reception which the city's mayor is to attend. Written by Rob Hartill

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The Next Evolution In Terror. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for monster violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | Japan | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Relic See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,064,143, 12 January 1997

Gross USA:

$33,956,608

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,956,608
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The disappearance of the Blaisedales explained: When the Kothoga attacks the 5 people left behind in the museum after the blackout, the Blaisedales embrace each other and scream. Then the screen shot changes a couple times, and that's the last you see of them. In the original cut, the Blaisedales run through the lab, and are attacked by the Kothoga. They are then partially consumed by the bone stripping museum beetles.

When Margo is later chased through all the closed doors by the Kothoga, she falls over them and screams when she sees their bloody corpses. This scene was most likely cut out of the film because it was deemed too gruesome for audiences. See more »

Goofs

The tank into which Margo falls only contains hot water, used to loosen skin from a carcass. At the time she enters this tank, it is switched off and the water is cold. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Dr. Whitney sits around the fire with the Zenzera tribe, who then hand Dr. Whitney a drink from the boiling pot over the fire]
John Whitney: [Dr. Whitney takes a drink before coughing, when one of the tribe members crawls towards him wearing some sort of beastly outfit] Oh, my God! The Kothoga.
[Dr. Whitney moans in fear, then begins uncontrollably screaming when the tribe member crawls up to him and hisses]
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SUNRISE
STRING QUARTET IN B FLAT MAJOR
Written by Franz Joseph Haydn (as F.J. Haydn)
Performed by Kodaly Quartet
Courtesy of Naxos of America
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Old stuff but not so bad...
20 July 2008 | by ininotoresSee all my reviews

I was expecting to switch off the movie within minutes of watching it... as it looked like an old 80s horror flick. Yes it *is* a horror flick of more than a decade ago. The special effects are dated and no doubt unimpressive by today's standards. The main actors, I barely know. However the movie isn't that crap. I didn't turn it off and instead it kept me watching all the way till the end. What this movie has are some good (though sometimes cheesy) lines, plot development, and very importantly, pace. It is fast-paced, and things don't take forever to happen. They just happen so fast! For what the special effects technology lacked in those days, the actual murder scenes showing the remains of dead persons (and there aren't that many in this movie) are not realistic or scary. Instead, most of the murders are shown as "suggestions" of what gruesome stuff might have happened to the victims - loads of blood splattering about, the look of terror on their faces before they met their maker, the frantic but failed attempts to escape, etc. - those scenes were what made the movie more realistic and gory. Also I stayed on to the end because the main characters were interesting to watch - they all had like very distinct, strong personalities - not always likable or pleasant people, but a bit eccentric, quirky, rude, irritating at times. And there is a bit of mystery about what that horrible "thing" really is and what caused it to be that way... and you'll know if you watch till the end. Anyways, not too bad a film for a late night staying in.I wouldn't recommend purchasing it though, but if you can watch it for free, its not too bad.


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