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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.

Director:

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 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 returns from South America with some crates containing his findings. When the crates arrive at the museum without the owner there appears to be very little inside. However, police discover gruesome murders on the cargo ship that brought the crates to the US and then another murder in the museum itself. Investigating the murders is Lt. Vincent D'Agosta who enlists the help of Dr. Margo Green 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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There are secrets better left unknown, and treasures better left undiscovered. In 1995, a scientific expedition found something that turns myths into nightmares...something that gives shape to fear, and form to evil...something as powerful as it is deadly. They should never have sought it. They should never have touched it. And then, they did the unthinkable...THEY BROUGHT IT BACK. 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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Country:

UK | Germany | Japan | New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,956,608
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The preparation of the fictional elixir given to John Whitney by the Amazon tribesmen, and the ceremony surrounding it, strongly parallels the real-life consumption of ayahuasca, a psychoactive tea used religiously by numerous Amazon tribes. See more »

Goofs

In the book by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, the monster has been in the museum's subbasement for around seven years, making the lair filled with either partially or fully decomposed skeletons completely plausible. However, in the movie they change the duration to only six weeks. The lair they find in the movie with tons of skeletons doesn't connect with the time it took for them to become that decomposed. 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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Soundtracks

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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Harsh Reviews for a great film!
2 May 1999 | by dal-11See all my reviews

The Relic has had some harsh reviews from a number of people. But I must say what a good film it was. The film takes horror movies back to the way they are best. It left film fans with a sense of what a horror film is all about. The cast of Penelope Ann Miller and Tom Sizemore carry the film to a point that you are on the edge of your seat. The effects are some of the best I have seen in a long time. When I came out of the film, I was hoping they will do the next book but it does not look like it. If you do like to see a horror film that makes you look over your shoulder when you go in the basement when see this.


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