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An American journalist on assignment in the Australian outback encounters a man-eating crocodile while trapped on a rapidly flooding mud island.

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Greg McLean

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Greg McLean
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Cast

Cast overview:
Radha Mitchell ... Kate Ryan
Michael Vartan ... Pete McKell
Sam Worthington ... Neil Kelly
Caroline Brazier ... Mary Ellen
Stephen Curry ... Simon
Celia Ireland Celia Ireland ... Gwen
John Jarratt ... Russell
Heather Mitchell Heather Mitchell ... Elizabeth
Geoff Morrell ... Allen
Damien Richardson ... Collin
Robert Taylor ... Everett
Mia Wasikowska ... Sherry
Barry Otto ... Merv
Shaun Longham Shaun Longham ... Barfly
Patch 'The Wonder' Dog Patch 'The Wonder' Dog ... Kevin
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Storyline

A handful of tourists looking for adventure get more than they bargained for when they cross paths with a massive man-eating beast in this thriller. Pete McKell (Michael Vartan) is a writer for an American travel magazine who has been assigned to write a story about vacationing in rugged Northern Australia. Pete signs up for a cruise along a river that's home to a large crocodile population, with tough but pretty Kate Ryan (Radha Mitchell) serving as guide. Pete soon finds he's roughing it in the Aussie wilds with an eclectic variety of travelers, including Russell (John Jarratt), who is dealing with the death of his wife; Simon (Stephen Curry), a tactless amateur photographer; and Allen (Geoff Morrell), a member of the British upper crust making the trip with his ailing spouse (Heather Mitchell) and their rambunctious daughter (Mia Wasikowska). While Kate's former husband, who also works on the river, makes a pest of himself in the early stages of the voyage, the travelers soon find ...

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Rated R for language and some creature violence | See all certifications »

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Australia | USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2007 (Australia) See more »

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Budget:

AUD 26,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

AUD 667,194 (Australia), 11 November 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,711, 27 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,452, 1 May 2008
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| (R-rated cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was inspired by the true story of Sweetheart-a giant 5.1 Metre saltwater crocodile responsible for a series of attacks between 1974- 1979, Sweetheart attacked outboard motors,dinghies,and fishing boats but never killed anyone- in July 1979 Sweetheart was finally caught alive by a team from the Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission, but drowned while being transported when he became tangled with a log, his mounted body is on permanent display at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. See more »

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When they get on the tour boat, the boat reverses out then turns to what is actually down stream, if they continued in this direction they would be heading away from the Gorge towards rocks. See more »

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References The African Queen (1951) See more »

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(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock
Written by Max Freedman and James E. Myers (as Jimmy De Knight)
Performed by Bill Haley and the Comets (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
Under license from Geffen Records
License courtesy of Universal Music Australia
© Myers Music Inc. Used by permission of Southern Music
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Finally A Top Notch Crocodile Film
1 June 2008 | by davek22See all my reviews

I thought this would be a real cheesy B movie but was in for a great surprise.

Starting with the cinematography and the initial town scenes I figured this may be half decent. Things picked up even more with the scenes on the boat introducing the characters. Small touches like the guy letting his loved ones ashes into the water and the photographer having a sly chow down on a hidden sandwich were really cool touches. Bigger budget films should take note! It got better from there, not showing too much of the croc and building suspense with good pacing and realistic reactions from the cast. The cinematography and editing on the river journey were great. After seeing this I almost want to go to the Northern Territories. Almost, but not after the Croc finally shows its face.

This is one primal beast. The film does a good job of keeping it under wraps for the early portion of the film but when it finally shows its face its a great moment. The visual fx are faultless and the croc acts in a very realistic manner.

In the second act the filmmakers do a great job at ratcheting up suspense, using a great set up involving the river. I wont spoil it here but its so simple but very effective.

I am a jaded monster film fan and this one had me wanting to see it for a second time straight away.

Crocs and Alligators seem to be the whipping boys of the film industry with so many comedy or low budget appearances. To finally to see one with real teeth and to give it a go with a good story and great fx is fantastic. I would recommend this to anyone after a monster night out.


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