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Piranha (1995)

The private investigator Maggie McNamara from Lyon Investigation is hired by the wealthy J.R. Randolph to find his niece that has disappeared with her boyfriend. Maggie seeks out the lonely... See full summary »

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Scott P. Levy

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Richard Robinson (story), John Sayles (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Katt ... Paul Grogan
Alexandra Paul ... Maggie McNamara
Monte Markham ... J.R. Randolph
Darleen Carr ... Dr. Leticia Baines
Mila Kunis ... Susie Grogan
Soleil Moon Frye ... Laura
Kehli O'Byrne ... Gina Green
James Karen ... Governor
Drancy Jackson Drancy Jackson ... Jimmy
Billie Worley Billie Worley ... Whitney
Shannon Farrara ... Darlene
Kaz Garas ... Sheriff Carl
Richard Israel Richard Israel ... Dave
Lorissa McComas Lorissa McComas ... Barbara
Leland Orser ... Terry Wechsler
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The private investigator Maggie McNamara from Lyon Investigation is hired by the wealthy J.R. Randolph to find his niece that has disappeared with her boyfriend. Maggie seeks out the lonely environmentalist Paul Grogan to help her to look for the teenager. They head to an abandoned army facility and Maggie decides to drain the pools to see whether the body of the girl is there. They are assaulted by a woman with a crowbar but they subdue her. However she escapes and soon they learn that the woman is Dr. Leticia Baines, who is researching a hybrid species of piranha that is capable to survive in fresh and sea waters for military purpose. Further, Maggie has release the piranhas on the river and they are heading to the Lost River Lake Resort. Maggie and Paul inform the corrupt local Sheriff but Randolph tells him to lock them up since he does not want to jeopardize the party he has promoted to his resort. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Lost River Lake was a thriving resort... Until they discovered...

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for violence/gore and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roger Corman Presents Piranha See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Mila Kunis's film debut. See more »

Goofs

Despite being described as 'freezing', the pool that the piranhas were originally in had steam rising from it, indication that it was, in fact, heated. See more »

Quotes

Paul Grogan: The fish were bred for intelligence and endurance and God knows what else.
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Spoofed in Chihuanhas See more »

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Killer Mutant Piranha
Written by David Teague
Performed by Uncle Dog Food
Published by Roger's Little Shop of Music (BMI)
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Disappointing even by very low expectations
29 September 2003 | by Laserdome-AMHSee all my reviews

Detective Maggie McNamara investigates a case of a missing young couple as she runs into Paul Grogan, who lives as far away as possible from the city because he doesnÕt want to meet anybody. Together, they unwillingly unleash a plague of killer piranhas created by the military. The Piranhas attack an opening ceremony for some holiday resorts, where lots of guests are in the water - including GroganÕs little daughter...

A Roger Corman-produced TV Remake to a Roger Corman-produced (and Joe Dante-directed) original. Sounds bad enough to be a warning? ItÕs almost the same movie as the original, and nothing has improved since, in fact, this has to be one of the most unnecessary remakes in the long history of unnecessary remakes. As for the special effects, almost every single shot is lifted from the original which makes this hard to defend for even the most jaded fan. Not only the special effects in this 1995 movie are from the seventies, thereÕs also still no one around to provide a cell phone when you need one. If only the very likeable William Katt were in the original...


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