The Crocodile Hunter mistakes some CIA agents for poachers and sets out to stop them from capturing a wily croc which, unbeknownst to him, has swallowed a tracking drone.

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John Stainton

Writers:

John Stainton (story), Holly Goldberg Sloan (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Irwin ... Steve Irwin
Terri Irwin ... Terri Irwin
Magda Szubanski ... Brozzie Drewitt
David Wenham ... Sam Flynn
Lachy Hulme ... Robert Wheeler
Aden Young ... Ron Buckwhiler
Kenneth Ransom ... Vaughan Archer
Kate Beahan ... Jo Buckley
Steve Bastoni ... Deputy Director Reynolds
Steven Vidler ... Deputy Director Ansell (as Steve Vidler)
Alyson Standen Alyson Standen ... Anne Milking
Alex Ruiz Alex Ruiz ... CIA Agent
David Franklin ... CIA Agent
Robert Coleby ... Dr. Weinberger
Kevin Hides Kevin Hides ... Dr. Krug
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Storyline

Aussie adventurer Steve Irwin aka The Crocodile Hunter has avoided the death-roll and nabbed another feisty croc, hoping to save it from poachers. What Steve doesn't know is that the crocodile has innocently swallowed a top secret US satellite beacon, and the poachers are actually American special agents sent to retrieve it. Crikey! In the Outback and through the bush with his wife Terri's ever-present commentary ringing out over the countryside ("That was a close one, Steve!"), the Crocodile Hunter is out to save the gorgeous croc and relocate him. It won't be easy, but if he can handle bird-eating spiders and venomous snakes without getting bitten, gun-wielding agents shouldn't be too much of a problem. Written by Press kit

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Rated PG for action violence/peril and mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Brozzie's husband in her wedding photo on the mantle and other pictures in her house is Wes Mannion, Steve Irwin's best friend and Director of Australia Zoo. See more »

Goofs

When the CIA Agent is being dragged by Steve Irwin and Terri Irwin's truck during one shot you can see the edge of the hidden board upon which the stunt man is actually riding on. See more »

Quotes

President George Walker Bush: [on the phone] You mean that guy in the Khaki Shorts? That dude from the Discovery Channel?
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Crazy Credits

There is a statement in the closing credits: "Aside from Steve Irwin and Terri Irwin, any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual entities, is purely coincidental." See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK version is cut by 5 seconds to remove two uses of the word 'wanker', in order to secure a a PG certificate. (The trailer was cut by 1 second, removing a shot of a crocodile leaping at the camera with its jaws apart, and thus securing a U certificate. An uncut PG certificate was available to the distributor.) See more »

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Edited into Terror Nullius (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Crocodile Rock (Film Version)
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin (as Bernard Taupin)
Performed by Baha Men (as BAHA Men)
Produced by Triangle
Courtesy of S Curve Records
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Does just what his TV show does with a rubbish plot to justify the film – kids and fans will like it but other than that I didn't really see the point of this existing
2 April 2006 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When a secret US satellite strays out of orbit it automatically self-destructs. A top-secret beacon is ejected with the explosion and ends up somewhere in Australia where, unbeknownst to the authorities, it is swallowed by a big mean crocodile. While the US mobilises a small team of men to recover the beacon at any costs, on the ground in Australia is Steve Irwin and his good lady wife are in the outback looking at the less loved outback animals. When they get a call about a crocodile terrorising an area they go in to capture it and move it to a less populated river system. However what they don't know is that the crocodile has this secret cargo that will put the Irwin's on a collision course with the US agents.

I've seen bits of Irwin's TV show once or twice but have never really watched more than that or cared to but the sheer silliness of this film made me think it was worth a look. Needless to say I was wrong because all I found here was the same sort of stuff that I've not been bothered enough to watch when it has been on regularly on TV. The plot is very basic and was not even used that well, suffice to say that it is the weakest frame I've ever seen and for the first half of the film it bares no relation to the Irwin's and only makes up the odd sort scene here and there. Instead what we get is lots of Steve Irwin messing around with snakes, lizards etc which is hardly enough to be worth going to the cinema for but, if you like the TV show then you'll find more of the same here. I quite enjoyed these parts of it (albeit I could have easily had the film be 60 minutes long rather than 90) mainly because of Steve.

I know that some people find him annoying and I couldn't watch him do the same stuff every week but he does have a certain charm even if he is silly and hammy with all his lines. His handling of animals is impressive and the film does produce a hatful of scenes that do nothing for the narrative but are still riveting. Terri is less impressive and more wooden but then she fits in with the rest of the support cast in that vein as folk like Wenham, Szubanski, Hulme, Young and others could all easily have been replaced by blocks of wood without the film suffering that much (although Beahen was cute).

Overall this is a solid enough film for kids with a nice message about conservation that is delivered without the usual smugness that such things have. Beyond kids I suppose it will do for fans of Irwin because it captures his "act" and his charm really well but you do have to wonder why anyone would pay to see this film when it is essentially what you can see on his TV show for free. I quite enjoyed it although to be honest I'd rather have just watched the short version on his show than this film.


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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,537,123, 14 July 2002

Gross USA:

$28,442,574

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,082,548
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