Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

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Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Simon Wincer
Produced by Paul Hogan
Lance Hool
Written by Eric Abrams
Matthew Berry
Paul Hogan (characters)
Starring Paul Hogan
Linda Kozlowski
Jere Burns
Jonathan Banks
Aida Turturro
Paul Rodriguez
Music by Basil Poledouris
Cinematography David Burr
Ted Chu
Edited by Tyler Hartford
Production
company
Silver Lion Films
Distributed by Paramount Pictures (USA)
Universal Studios (select international countries)
Release dates
Australia
12 April 2001
United States
18 April 2001
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Australia
Language English
Budget $21.15 million[1]
Box office $39,438,674[2]

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (also known as Crocodile Dundee 3) is a 2001 Australian-American comedy film, directed by Simon Wincer and starring Paul Hogan. It is the sequel to the 1988 film "Crocodile" Dundee II and the 1986 film "Crocodile" Dundee and the third and final film of the trilogy. Hogan and Linda Kozlowski reprise their roles as Michael "Crocodile" Dundee and Sue Charlton, respectively. The film was shot on location in Los Angeles and in Queensland. Actor Paul Hogan reported that the inspiration for the storyline came during a tour of Litomyšl, Czech Republic in 1993.

Plot[edit]

At the beginning of the film, protagonist Michael "Crocodile" Dundee (Paul Hogan) is living in the Australian Outback with Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski) and their young son Mikey (Serge Cockburn). Because crocodile hunting has been made illegal, Mick is reduced to wrestling crocodiles for the entertainment of tourists, having as his rival in the business another Outback survivalist named Jacko (Alec Wilson). When an opportunity arises for Sue to become the Los Angeles bureau chief of a newspaper owned by her father, Mick and his family cross the Pacific to California.

In the United States, Mick and his son's encounters with the locals cause cross-cultural mishaps. Mick becomes an undercover amateur sleuth helping to probe the mysterious death of his wife's predecessor at the newspaper, while Mikey attends a local school, where he quickly impresses his classmates and teacher with his outback survival skills. Because the case takes up so much of their time, Mick and Sue eventually call in Jacko to babysit their son; gradually, Jacko and Mikey's teacher become interested in each other.

It is revealed that the dead reporter had been investigating a film studio, which is about to make a sequel to the action film Lethal Agent, despite the title's commercial failure. Mick becomes suspicious when several paintings from Southern Europe are brought onto the set; although at first he suspects drug smuggling, the pictures themselves are revealed to be missing art from a museum in former Yugoslavia thought lost in the recent civil wars. They are to appear in the movie as mere props, to be publicly 'destroyed' in a scene in which they are set on fire, at which point they will have been exchanged for copies.

Attempting to secure one of the paintings as evidence, Mick, Sue, and Jacko run afoul of the studio director and his thugs. Using the studio's props and three lions used in filming to defeat the gangsters, Mick and Sue solve the case and return to Australia, where they are officially married.

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Reception[edit]

This film was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Remake or Sequel but lost to Planet of the Apes.[3] It received negative reviews from critics. According to Rotten Tomatoes only 11% of 79 critics rated the movie favorably.[4]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed $7,759,103 at the box office in Australia.[5] The movie debuted in 4th place at the US box office behind Bridget Jones's Diary (which was #1 in its second weekend), Spy Kids and Along Came a Spider.[6] It grossed only $39 million worldwide, well below the total gross of the previous two films.

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