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A news team is sent to Burundi to capture and bring home a legendary 25-foot crocodile. Their difficult task turns potentially deadly when a warlord targets them for death.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic Purcell ... Tim Manfrey
Brooke Langton ... Aviva Masters
Orlando Jones ... Steven Johnson
Jürgen Prochnow ... Jacob Krieg
Gideon Emery ... Matt Collins
Gabriel Malema Gabriel Malema ... Jojo
Linda Mpondo Linda Mpondo ... Gold Tooth
Lehlohonolo Makoko Lehlohonolo Makoko ... Beanpole
Dumisani Mbebe Dumisani Mbebe ... Harry
Eddy 'Big Eddy' Bekombo Eddy 'Big Eddy' Bekombo ... Ato
Chris April Chris April ... Captain
Ernest Ndlovu Ernest Ndlovu ... Shaman (as Ernest Ndhlovu)
Erica Wessels ... Dr. Cathy Andrews
Vivian Moodley Vivian Moodley ... Indian UN Officer
Lika Berning Lika Berning ... Rachel (as Lika van den Bergh)
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Storyline

TV show star reporter Tim Manfrey and his cameraman Steven Johnson travel to Burundi to get sensational footage of a giant crococilian monster which attacked a UN identification team and the Tutsi-Hutu tribal civil war carnage mass grave corpses it was digging up in a Great Lakes marsh area. But it turns out danger also lurks in the armed form of a local war lord. Written by KGF Vissers

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The hunt begins soon See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, brutality, terror and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site | Space [Canada] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swahili | Kirundi | French

Release Date:

12 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gustave See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,048,315, 14 January 2007

Gross USA:

$10,597,734

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,291,277
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2.35 : 1
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Description Since Gustave has not been captured, his exact length and weight is unknown, but in 2002 it was stated that he could be "easily more than 18 feet (5.5 m)" long, and weigh more than 2,000 pounds (910 kg). He was estimated to be around 100 years old in order to achieve such outstanding size; however, further more careful observation of Gustave revealed a complete set of teeth when he opened his mouth. Since a 100-year-old crocodile "should be nearly toothless" (according to the documentary), he was estimated to be "probably no older than 60, and likely, still growing". Gustave is also known for the three bullet scars on his body. His right shoulder blade was also found to be deeply wounded. Circumstances surrounding the four scars are unknown. Scientists and herpetologists who have studied Gustave claim that his uncommon size and weight impede his ability to hunt the species' usual, agile prey such as fish, antelope and zebra, forcing him to attack larger animals such as hippopotamus, large wildebeest and, to some extent, humans. According to a popular local warning, he is said to hunt and leave his victims' corpses uneaten. The documentary film also stated that since crocodiles can go several months without eating, Gustave could afford to select his prey carefully. In 2009 the croc had reappeared in Ruzizi River near Lake Tanganyika. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 4 mins) During the chasing scene in the swamps you can hear squealing tires although there is only sand and grass. See more »

Quotes

Steven Johnson: You know what? This crocodile's like O.J. Simpson. He messed up when he killed that white woman.
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Connections

References When Animals Attack! (1996) See more »

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Allah Wakbarr
Written by L. Ifediorama, T. Sotade, P. Kamson
Performed by Ofo & The Black Company
Courtesy of Luaka Bop
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OK, if there is a cover of a crocodile, I'm expecting the crocodile to make more than a 5 minute appearance
11 July 2007 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

I have no idea why, but from the cover and short summary in back, I thought that Primevil might have been an entertaining horror film. I'm not really into crocodile stories, they usually don't work, but for some reason this one looked very promising. When I started watching it, I kept checking the cover just to make sure I was on track, but the story just seemed to get lost somewhere. Now I don't mind different stories, but the cover promised something else and I wasn't even really that entertained or moved by the story.

Basically there is a killer crocodile in Africa, apparently he is a big one to be very frightened of. So an American crew of reporters wish to capture the beast or get him on film so they can help these villages and become famous more so. But there is another major problem that takes the story to a completely different place, where there is a huge war going on and starts to terrorize these reporters and one by one they are killed off before the crocodile gets to them.

Primevil would have had good potential for a horror movie, but it just went in an intense turn where you had no idea where the film would take you. The script was also in some ways done in poor taste and wasn't well thought out, like I'm not offended easily usually when it comes to racial jokes, but Orlando going on about slavery in Africa went a little too far and was ridiculous. The acting is so so, not the worst I've seen, but the effects are not that impressive, a warning in advance. But if you would like to check out this film, please feel free, but I wouldn't really recommend it.

3/10


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