Piranha (1978)

Piranha (1978) Movie


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5.8/10 (9157 Votes)

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Release Date
(USA) - 3 August 1978
(Colombia) - 11 October 1978
(Sweden) - 23 October 1978
(West Germany) - 26 October 1978
(Denmark) - 10 November 1978

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Running Time
94 USA:106 (TV version)

They came downriver in their thousands. Their teeth could strip a living man to the bone in seconds. A hideous death lurked unseen in the river... Lost River Lake was a thriving resort - until they discovered... They're here...Hungry for flesh! Who can stop them? There's something in the water at Lost River Lake. Something you can't see...something you can't feel...until it's too late! Then... you were shocked by the great white shark - Now... you are at the mercy of 1000 jaws!

alcohol, animal-attack, animal-in-title, bare-breasts, bitten-by-a-fish, black-comedy, blood, cabin, canoe, creature-feature, cult-film, dam, diver, dog, escape, eugenics, experiment, female-nudity, fish, fish-in-title, full-frontal-nudity, funeral-march-by-chopin, genetic-engineering, grindhouse, horror-movie-remade


Pictures of Piranha

Piranha Pictures

Cast of Piranha

  1. Barbour, Bruce Paul as (as Bruce Barbour) [Man in Boat] <24>
  2. Bartel, Paul (I) as [Mr. Dumont] <11>
  3. Braeden, Eric (I) as (uncredited) [Dr. Robert Hoak (swimming double)]
  4. Brown, Barry (I) as [Trooper] <10>
  5. Cardwell, Jack as [Brandy] <27>
  6. Dante, Joe (I) as (uncredited) [Scuba Diver #2]
  7. Deacon, Richard (I) as [Earl Lyon] <14>
  8. Dillman, Bradford as [Paul Grogan] <1>
  9. Farnsworth, Diamond as (as Hill Farnsworth) [Water-skier] <23>
  10. Gordon, Bruce (II) as [Colonel Waxman] <9>
  11. Henshaw, Eric (II) as [Father in Canoe] <20>
  12. Koock, Guich as [TV Pitchman] <18>
  13. La Marca, Andrew G. as (uncredited) [Scuba Diver #1]
  14. McCarthy, Kevin (I) as [Dr. Robert Hoak] <3>
  15. Miller, Dick (I) as [Buck Gardner] <5>
  16. Nelson, Shawn (I) as [Whitney] <13>
  17. Pauleson, Jack as [Boy in Canoe] <19>
  18. Richman, Roger (I) as [David] <16>
  19. Sayles, John (I) as (uncredited) [Army Sentry]
  20. Smillie, Bill as [Jailer] <17>
  21. Sullivan, Mike (IV) as [Dam Guard] <26>
  22. Tippett, Phil as (uncredited) [Scuba Diver #3 (victim)]
  23. Vinson, Robert (I) as [Soldier] <21>
  24. Wynn, Keenan as [Jack] <4>
  25. Balaski, Belinda as [Betsy] <7>
  26. Bondi, Sally as (uncredited) [Swimming Deb]
  27. Collins, Shannon (I) as [Suzie Grogan] <12>
  28. Dunnam, Virginia as [Girl] <22>
  29. Holden Jones, Amy as (uncredited) [Hertz Clerk]
  30. Menzies-Urich, Heather as (as Heather Menzies) [Maggie McKeown] <2>

  31. All Cast

Genres in Piranha

  1. Comedy
  2. Horror
  3. Sci-Fi

Plot of Piranha

When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.
Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

Two self-righteous idiots Full Plot >>

Business of Piranha

AD: 89,669 (Sweden) BT: USD 600,000 CP: COPYRIGHT 1978 PIRANHA PRODUCTIONS GR: SEK 1,585,673 (Sweden) SD: 15 March 1978 - 5 April 1978

Certificate of Piranha

(Banned) (Finland)(1978) (uncut)
K-16 (Finland)(1984) (cut)
VM14 (Italy)
L (Iceland)
16 (Argentina)(re-rating)
X (Argentina)(original rating)
16 (Netherlands)
K-15 (Finland)(2010) (uncut)
13+ (Canada)(Quebec)
18 (UK)(video rating) (1987)
M (Australia)
-12 (France)
R13 (New Zealand)
16 (Norway)
15 (Sweden)
15 (UK)(video re-rating) (2002)
X (UK)(original rating)
16 (West Germany)

Composers of music of Piranha

  1. Donaggio, Pino

Cinematographers of Piranha

  1. Anderson, Jamie (I) (director of photography)

Distributors of Piranha

Another World Entertainment [dk] - (2010) (Denmark) (DVD)
Audio Visual Enterprises [gr] - (1988) (Greece) (VHS)
Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE) [us] - (2006) (USA) (DVD)
Chapel Distribution [au] - (1997) (Australia) (theatrical) (35mm print)
Fazer Musiikki Oy/Fazer Video [fi] - (1984) (Finland) (video)
Future Film [fi] - (2010) (Finland) (DVD)
National Broadcasting Company (NBC) [us] - (1980) (USA) (TV) (broadcast premiere)
New Concorde [us] - (1999) (USA) (DVD)
New Horizons [us] - (video)
New World Pictures [us] - (1978) (USA) (theatrical)
Shout! Factory [us] - (2010) (USA) (DVD) (special edition)
Shout! Factory [us] - (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Stormovie [it] - (2005) (Italy) (DVD)
Studio S [se] - (2010) (Sweden) (DVD)
United Artists [fr] - (1978) (France) (theatrical)
Warner Home Video [fi] - (????) (Finland) (video)
Warner Home Video [us] - (1983) (USA) (VHS)

Misc of Piranha

  1. Arnold, Susan (I) (adr voice) (uncredited)
  2. Boni, Jim (production assistant)
  3. Brown, Robert (XIV) (production assistant)
  4. Decker, William (II) (dog wrangler)
  5. Hoffman, Jeffrey M. (production assistant) (as Jeff Hoffman)
  6. Jacoby, Nava (location auditor)
  7. Kayler, David (coordinator: Los Angeles)
  8. Martin, Michael (I) (production assistant)
  9. Reynolds, Sharron (production secretary)
  10. Rosales, Taira (script supervisor) (uncredited)
  11. Rosenberg, Jeanne (script supervisor)
  12. Smead, John (I) (scuba instructor)
  13. Stieglitz, Ashley (production secretary)
  14. Tarbutton, Ed (production assistant)
  15. Wowchuk, Harry (location manager)

Quotes of Piranha

Whitney: The piranhas...
Buck Gardner: What about the goddamn piranhas?
Whitney: They're eating the guests, sir.

Dumont: People eat fish, Grogan. Fish don't eat people.

Reporter: Terror, horror, death. Film at eleven.

Maggie McKeown: Are there any other shacks around here?
Paul Grogan: Cabins! This is a cabin!
Maggie McKeown: Well, are there any more of them? Any place they might be hold up in?
Paul Grogan: There's an old fella named Jack who has a place downriver, but he woundn't treat any hospitality towards them. Oh, and there was some kind of Army test site way up on top of the mountain. But that closed down five, six years ago.
Maggie McKeown: C'mon, let's go.
Paul Grogan: To where?
Maggie McKeown: You're taking me up there.
Paul Grogan: Oh NO I'm not!

Maggie McKeown: Mr. Grogan, I'm looking for two teenagers that disappeared a few weeks ago. Some friends of theirs said they went camping around here.
Paul Grogan: Well, I haven't seen them. You talk to the sheriff's people?
Maggie McKeown: I did. They told me that it's a pretty big mountain area.
Paul Grogan: It is.
Maggie McKeown: So... I was wondering if there are any places around here they might be or Full Quotes >>

Other Titles of Piranha

  1. Piranha (1978) (ENG)
    (Italy) (imdb display title)

  2. Piranhas (1978) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  3. Pirana (1978) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations of Piranha

  1. Burbank, California, USA
  2. Griffith Park - 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA
  3. Los Angeles, California, USA
  4. San Marcos, Texas, USA
  5. Seguin, Texas, USA
  6. Wimberley, Texas, USA

Trivia of Piranha

- 'Eric Braeden (I)' (qv) was originally cast as Paul Grogan, but he pulled out to pursue another project. He had already shot some underwater swimming footage which is used in the film.

- A waitress from the Holiday Inn where the director and crew were staying stood in for Heather Menzies during the topless shots because Menzies was concerned that her husband might not approve of the nude scene.

- This film was reported to have been shot in 30 days for $660,000.

- 'Bradford Dillman' (qv) was originally unhappy with his character's 2D nature, and asked writer 'John Sayles (I)' (qv) why his character was so thin. Sayles responded that 'Roger Corman' (qv) regularly did not use good actors in his film, so he deliberately didn't elaborate on characters. But since Dillman was a "real" actor, he was more than happy to enhance his character's depth.

- This movie was one of the firsts efforts for effects and makeup artists 'Rob Bottin' (qv) and 'Phil Tippett' (qv).

- Universal Studios attempted to sue New World for spoofing _Jaws (1975)_ (qv). However, 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) saw the movie in advance and loved it. After that, Universal dropped the lawsuit.

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