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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

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

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Hyams: [Spota] a character named Spota. See more »

Goofs

When the dead body of a cop falls from the ceiling during the gala night, the wire from which it is suspended can be seen briefly. 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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An action adventure turned horror movie.
2 January 2003 | by Jack the Ripper1888See all my reviews

When I got this movie, I was under the impression that it was a typical action adventure where there are some strange deaths and people assume it is some killer creature. Well, I was right on that part. But this movie is actually pretty scary, choking up some genuine chills especially when you are not expecting them. Tom Sizemore and Penelope Ann Miller are great together in THE RELIC, a must-see for all fans of horror and action adventures.

Linda Hunt and James Whitmore are also good as supporting cast members. This movie is one of the better horror films of the last five years as it is very original, taking a traditional plot and giving it a new touch.

You may find these kinds of movies stupid, so stay away, this movie is one of the better films of the genre, that is for sure. There are some seriously good death sequences in this movie and some very notable special effects from the Jim Henson Creature Shop. Director Peter Hyams (the guy behind END OF DAYS) has done well, creating a masterpiece of modern horror that is liable to stay within your memory long after you are done watching it.

THE RELIC: 5/5.


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