Crocodile Dundee (film series)

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Crocodile Dundee
Crocodile Dundee film logo.jpg
Official film series logo
Based onCharacters
by Paul Hogan
StarringPaul Hogan
Linda Kozlowski
(See list below)
Release date
1986–2001
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$47,800,000[1]
Box office$607,202,827

The Crocodile Dundee film series are centered around a crocodile hunter named Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee. The movies star Paul Hogan in the titular role, over the course of three feature films centered around his adventures. Hogan refused several proposals for more Crocodile Dundee films.

Films[edit]

Film U.S.
release date
Director Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s)
Crocodile Dundee September 26, 1986 (1986-09-26) Peter Faiman Paul Hogan, Ken Shadie & John Cornell Paul Hogan John Cornell
Crocodile Dundee II May 25, 1988 (1988-05-25) John Cornell Paul Hogan & Brett Hogan John Cornell and Jane Scott
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles April 18, 2001 (2001-04-18) Simon Wincer Eric Abrams & Matthew Berry Paul Hogan and Lance Hool

Crocodile Dundee (1986)[edit]

A New York reporter named Sue Charlton heads to Australia to interview the living legend, known as "Crocodile" Dundee. When she finally finds him in the vast Australian terrain, she is so enthralled with him that she brings him back with her to New York City. In New York, Dundee is amazed by the many wonders of the city life and the interesting people there. It's a whole new way of life for the crocodile hunting adventurer.

Crocodile Dundee II (1988)[edit]

Mick "Crocodile" Dundee is just settling into his new way of life, in a home in Manhattan, when a South American drug dealer abducts his girlfriend, Sue. The drug dealer believes that images of his criminal activities, taken by her photographer ex-husband, are now being held by her. The crime boss takes her to Columbia under threatening pretenses, hoping that she'll give up the evidence. The legendary intrepid Dundee is soon on the criminal's trail, and as an expert hunter and adventurer he aims to rescue his hostage girlfriend.

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001)[edit]

Dundee an expert adventurer in the truest sense: a crocodile hunter who lives in the wilds of the Australian Outback, and survived the dangers of New York City. The titular character must move to the colorful netherworld of the United States - Los Angeles, California - when his wife, Sue receives a new job as bureau chief of a newspaper. "Mick" becomes an amateur undercover investigator when a conspiracy arises surrounding a Hollywood studio and their next big film release.

Super Bowl commercial[edit]

Hogan refused several proposals for more Crocodile Dundee films.[2] In January 2018, two trailers were released online for what was marketed as another film in the series, titled Dundee, with the tagline The son of a legend returns home. The film was said to star Danny McBride as Brian Dundee, the son of the original Michael "Crocodile" Dundee. The trailers also feature cameo appearances by Australian actors Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Margot Robbie, Isla Fisher, and Ruby Rose.[3] Various aspects of the campaign made some publications believe that the film was an elaborate hoax.[4] It was later reported that these ads were actually part of a lead up to a Super Bowl commercial for Tourism Australia.[4] McBride and Hemsworth starred in the final commercial, which included Hogan in a cameo.[2][5]

Following the positive response to the fake trailers from the campaign, Chris Hemsworth discussed production on the short clips and confirmed the possibility of creating a film, stating: "While shooting, Danny McBride and I spoke about if it could be a movie. We started to get worried that if this commercial is as good as we hoped it's going to be, people are going to be disappointed, we're going to have to make a movie. But I had so much fun making this commercial, I'd definitely be open to discussions about it."[6]

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Film
Crocodile Dundee Crocodile Dundee II Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
Michael "Crocodile" Dundee Paul Hogan
Sue Charlton Dundee Linda Kozlowski
Walter Riley John Meillon
Luis Rico Hechter Ubarry
Miguel Juan Fernández de Alarcon
Arnan Rothman Jere Burns
Miloš Drubnik Jonathan Banks

Additional crew & production details[edit]

Film Composer Cinematographer Editor Production
companies
Distributing
companies
Running time
Crocodile Dundee Peter Best Russell Boyd David Stiven Rimfire Films Hoyts Distribution
Paramount Pictures
20th Century Fox
1hr 44min
Crocodile Dundee II Rimfire Films
Paramount Pictures
1hr 52min
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles Basil Poledouris David Burr Terry Blythe Silver Lion Films
Bungalow Productions
Vision View Entertainment
Paramount Pictures
Universal Pictures
1hr 28min

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget
Ref(s)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
worldwide
Crocodile Dundee September 26, 1986 $174,803,506 $153,400,000 $328,203,506 #253 #371 $8.8 million [7]
Crocodile Dundee II May 25, 1988 $109,306,210 $130,300,000 $239,606,210 #587 #570 $14 million [8]
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles April 18, 2001 $25,635,682 $13,802,992 $39,438,674 #2,859 $21.15 million [9]

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Crocodile Dundee 87% (30 reviews)[10] 62 (13 reviews)[11] B+[12]
Crocodile Dundee II 11% (28 reviews)[13] 41 (12 reviews)[14] B+[12]
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles 11% (79 reviews)[15] 37 (23 reviews)[16] B-[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Klara, Michael (2018-02-04). "That Crocodile Dundee Reboot: Here's the Whole Story Behind the Movie That Wasn't". Adweek. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  3. ^ Garcia, Arturo. "Is a 'Crocodile Dundee' Sequel Being Released in 2018?". Snopes. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b Moran, Rob. "Crocodile Dundee reboot outed as advertising campaign for Tourism Australia". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Crocodile Dundee 'reboot' ads revealed as tourism campaign at Super Bowl". The Guardian. 4 February 2018.
  6. ^ https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2307951/chris-hemsworth-would-be-open-to-joining-a-real-crocodile-dundee-reboot
  7. ^ "Crocodile Dundee". Box Office Mojo.
  8. ^ "Crocodile Dundee II". Box Office Mojo.
  9. ^ "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles". Box Office Mojo.
  10. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/crocodile_dundee/
  11. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/movie/crocodile-dundee
  12. ^ a b c https://www.cinemascore.com/publicsearch/index/title/
  13. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/crocodile_dundee_2
  14. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/movie/crocodile-dundee-ii
  15. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/crocodile_dundee_in_los_angeles
  16. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/movie/crocodile-dundee-in-los-angeles