Movie: Crocodile Dundee
Director: Peter Faiman
Critic rating: 3
Ostensibly the reason that America fell in love with Australian culture, there's a lot of things that'd be different nowadays if it weren't for Crocodile Dundee. Would there be Outback Steak Houses? Would we all know what's "Austrailian for beer?" Is it possibly there'd never have been a career for Steve Irwin? All are most assuredly due to the folksy and charismatic portrayal of Aussie hunter Mick Dundee by excellent Paul Hogan, who for a time was the face for the tourism bureau of Australia inviting American's to "slip another shrimp on the barbe."
It's lingo such as this, combined with a likeable rough-and-tumble exterior and a clever screenplay that is essentially two fish-out-of-water stories, which made Crocodile Dundee not only an 80's phenomenon, but also a movie audiences can still appreciate today. A simple, old-fashioned tale of a blossoming love affair between Mick Dundee, an Aussie bush man who supposedly fought of a crocodile attack, and Sue Charlton, a New York City reporter, (played by the fetching Linda Kozlowski) the movie draws upon the characters' strengths in their respective settings to provide some nice laughs when both are displaced into the other's environment.
If you haven't seen it in a while, do be sure to consider it the next time your looking for something innocuous and fun to kill a couple of hours.
- Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Studio: Paramount
- DVD Release Date: September 18, 2001
- Run Time: 98 minutes