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Piranha 3D (2010)

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Airs Wed. Oct. 17, 1:01 AM on AMC

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After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.

Director:

Alexandre Aja

Writers:

Pete Goldfinger (as Peter Goldfinger), Josh Stolberg
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2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Matt Boyd
Ving Rhames ... Deputy Fallon
Elisabeth Shue ... Julie Forester
Christopher Lloyd ... Mr. Carl Goodman
Eli Roth ... Wet T-Shirt Host
Jerry O'Connell ... Derrick Jones
Steven R. McQueen ... Jake Forester
Jessica Szohr ... Kelly
Kelly Brook ... Danni
Riley Steele ... Crystal
Adam Scott ... Novak
Ricardo Chavira ... Sam
Dina Meyer ... Paula
Paul Scheer ... Andrew
Brooklynn Proulx ... Laura Forester
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Storyline

Lake Victoria's annual Spring party by 50,000 young revelers is about to turn into a feeding frenzy with prehistoric hunger-pains. With knee-trembler's above the waves and tremors below, released from their dormant sleep, thousands upon thousands of flesh-eating nippers are released into the lake with whetted appetites and razor-sharp teeth. With a motley crew of strangers thrown together to defend these shores, it is now up to them to prevent the largest eat-out in human, and piranha, history. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Two million years of evolution. One perfect killer. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of strong bloody horror violence and gore, graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Piranha 3-D See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Havasu, Arizona, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,106,872, 22 August 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,003,155

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$83,188,165, 14 June 2011
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in forty-two days. See more »

Goofs

When Jake goes to rescue Kelly he opens the valves on 2 propane tanks releasing the gas in an attempt to ignite them. Propane tanks have an internal check valve that prevents this type of action and this could only be performed if the proper hose was connected, which was not. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Matt Boyd: Oh boy, that's a fast fish.
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Crazy Credits

The Dimension Films logo is shown to be just below the surface of water See more »

Connections

Featured in Natholdet - med Anders Breinholt: Martin Brygmann (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Come and Get It
Written by Eli 'Paperboy' Reed (as Eli Samuel Husock), Ryan Spraker, Michael Montgomery & Herschel Dwellingham
Arranged by Herschel Dwellingham
Performed by Eli 'Paperboy' Reed
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Delightfully gruesome and fun film!
20 August 2010 | by sorrowSee all my reviews

I really loved Piranha 3D and had a blast at my midnight screening.

There was never a dull moment for me. The first half while relatively quiet compared to the second half is funny and filled with bountiful shots of spring-break revelry and aesthetically pleasing nudity that's all in good fun. The set up for the characters was competently done and even though no one is going to win an award for best acting here, there was no example of distracting bad acting and the cast sold their two dimensional characters. We get enough development of our main characters that they aren't just generic nothings when the carnage starts.

Once the second half kicks in, Aja takes the film into overdrive and throws one jaw dropping gruesome set piece after another at the viewer.

My audience was roaring with laughter and clapping at gag after gag whether it was the "ballet" sequence with its beautiful eye candy (worth the ticket price alone) or some of the nasty goodness that Aja sends our way during the gory chaos of the film's second half. Despite the overall humorous nature of the material, there were still some tense moments and a few places where you find yourself in the curious position of both laughing at and feeling unsettled by what you're seeing on screen.

Aja perfectly captures the tone when he says it is "Gremlins for adults".

I expected skillful direction from Aja, and he delivered. He uses his skill at building tension that he put to frightening good use in Haute Tension in a different way here. Often, he will build anticipation for an over-the-top gag by telegraphing and then delaying as you ask yourself whether he's really about to go where it looks like he's headed and then "Bam!" he really does go there.

In addition to delivering the goods and delivering them well, the film also gives us several pleasing nods at other genre films and fun cameos from Richard Dreyfus and Christopher Lloyd.

This film knows how to have a guilty good time!


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