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|Directed by:||Joe Dante|
|Written by:||Richard Robinson|
|Produced by:||Roger Corman|
Chako van Leeuwen
|Music by:||Pino Donaggio|
|Edited by:||Joe Dante|
|Distributed by:||New World Pictures|
|Released:||August 3rd, 1978|
|Running time:||94 min.|
|Next:||Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)|
Piranha was a 1978 comedy/horror film directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling). The film was intended as a spoof on the 1975 Steven Spielberg blockbuster hit Jaws. The film was released theatrically in the United States on August 3rd, 1978. Piranha is succeeded by a 1981 sequel, Piranha II: The Spawning as well as a 1995 made-for-television remake. A second remake, filmed in 3-D, was released theatrically in 2010.
Cast[edit | edit source]
|Bradford Dillman||Paul Grogan|
|Heather Menzies||Maggie McKeown|
|Kevin McCarthy||Robert Hoak|
|Dick Miller||Buck Gardner|
|Barbara Steele||Doctor Mengers|
|Melody Thomas||Laura Dickinson|
|Paul Bartel||Mister Dumont|
|Shannon Collins||Suzie Grogan|
|Richard Deacon||Earl Lyon|
|Janie Squire||Barbara Randolph|
|Bruce Gordon||Colonel Waxman|
|Guich Koock||TV pitchman|
|Jack Pauleson||Boy in canoe|
|Eric Henshaw||Father in canoe|
|Bruce Paul Barbour||Man in boat|
|Robyn Ray||Screaming woman|
|Mike Sullivan||Dam guard|
|Sally Bondi||Swimming Deb|
|Eric Braeden||Robert Hoak (double)|
|Joe Dante||Scuba Diver #2|
|Amy Holden Jones||Hertz clerk|
|Andrew G. La Marca||Scuba Diver #1|
|John Sayles||Army sentry|
|Phil Tippett||Scuba Diver #3|
Plot[edit | edit source]
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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The tagline for this film is, "They're here...Hungry for flesh! Who can stop them?"
- Production on Piranha began on March 15th, 1978. Principal photography concluded on April 5th, 1978. 
- Actor Barry Brown, who plays a trooper in this film, committed suicide with a handgun in Silver Lake, California two months after principal shooting was completed.
- First horror film work for camera operator Christopher Tufty. Tufty would go on to become the director of photography for A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge.
- When Maggie McKeown is first introduced, she is seen playing a Jaws video game.
- Director Joe Dante likes inserting clips from classic films into his movies. In this one, he provides a clip from the 1957 b-movie The Monster That Challenged the World.
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