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CROCODILE DUNDEE (1986)

When New York news reporter, Sue, travels to Australia to meet and interview her top story, crocodile hunter Michael J. 'Crocodile' Dundee, she finds herself unexpectedly immersed in the midst of safari madness, including near-death run-ins with crocodiles, poachers, etc. With nothing but her survival skills and a hunky 'Mick' to save her, Sue somehow makes it out alive and invites the 'Crocodile' man back to New York for a little taste of the urban jungle.

The cast includes: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon, David Gulpilil, Mark Blum, Michael Lombard, and Irving Metzman.

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Promotional Lines: "There's a little of him in all of us."
"He's survived the most hostile and primitive land known to man.
Now all he's got to do is make it through a week in New York."

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The basic story involves an Australian man of adventure, Michael Crocodile Dundee (Paul Hogan) who meets a pretty American reporter, Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), in the Australian outback, who comes to interview him about how he had survived a crocodile attack. While taking her on a tour of the outback, showing her where he was attacked, and what life is like there, he saves her life, by rescuing her from a hungry crocodile. She invites him to come with her back to New York. When he travels with her to New York, humorous complications ensue, romantic and otherwise, as he encounters a completely different world, full of things and customs he has never experienced. Also, Sue has a serious boyfriend, who is about to pop the question, but things are complicated by Dundee's presence. Sue will have to make up her mind.

This nice, old fashioned, romantic screenplay, a collaboration effort by John Cornell and Paul Hogan is simple, yet very charming and hilarious in parts, and moves well, bringing the audience with it, wanting more.

Hogan and Kozlowski have great on screen chemistry. I guess they had pretty good chemistry off screen as well, for the two eventually married.

My favorite scene takes place on the tough streets of New York. Toughs approach Hogan, brandishing a knife. Hogan, in response, says "Is that a knife?" He then shows them his huge blade, remarking, "Now that's a knife." The hoods flee.

Paul Hogan, after a LONG apprenticeship on Australian TV, exploded on the screen with CROCODILE DUNDEE. Hogan, with his tanned handsome face, Australian drawl, and easy going manner, won over millions of film goers.

Some of Crocodile Dundee's success has to do with its timing. By the mid '80's, things Australian, including Mel Gibson, beer, and clothing, had become quite popular. Then along came "Crocodile Dundee," fitting in perfectly with America's love affair with Australia.

The film's best scenes take place in New York. Hunky Australian Hogan makes a fun fish out of water, and the film gets great mileage out of the foreigner's responses to New York life, and its response to him.

If you enjoyed CROCODILE DUNDEE you may like CROCODILE DUNDEE II, ALMOST AN ANGEL, LIGHTNING JACK, CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES, THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY, and THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY 2.