FROM THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK TO NEW YORK CITY, MICHAEL J. “CROCODILE” DUNDEE IS ABOUT TO SURVIVE IN A DIFFERENT KIND OF JUNGLE.
American reporter Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski) heads out into the Northern Territory of Australia to meet a legendary man, “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), but he isn’t quite what she expected… Hogan came up with the idea for this comedy, loosely inspired by the buffalo hunter Rod Ansell. An attempt to make an Australian movie with a broader appeal, it became a massive international hit and made Hogan a romantic star. The story cleverly allows both him and Kozlowski to play a “fish out of water”, first in the Australian wilderness, then in the “wilderness” of New York City. Silly, but romantic and very entertaining, with appealing leads and a memorable music theme.
1986-Australia. 97 min. Color. Produced by John Cornell. Directed by Peter Faiman. Screenplay: Paul Hogan, John Cornell, Ken Shadie. Mu: Peter Best. Cast: Paul Hogan (Mick “Crocodile” Dundee), Linda Kozlowski (Sue Charlton), John Meillon (Walter Reilly), David Gulpilil, Mark Blum, Michael Lombard.
Trivia: Followed by two sequels, starting with “Crocodile” Dundee II (1988).
Golden Globe: Best Actor (Hogan).
Last word: “I came [to the U.S.] with a movie we made in Australia, and it was a big success there and we brought it over here for distribution. We went to Paramount and they said, ‘it’s not a good idea to call it ‘Crocodile Dundee’. We’ve come up with a few titles.’ They had ‘From Down Under to Up Over’ or ‘From Over There to Here’. They had all these awful titles. I said, ‘don’t be stupid… it’s ‘Crocodile Dundee’. What’s wrong with that?’ And they said, ‘Well, it doesn’t usually work to have the lead character’s name in the title.’ Their number one movie that was out at the moment was ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’. I said, ‘oh, you mean like ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’? Or like ‘Rambo’ or ‘Rocky’? Is that what you mean?’ So they went and had another marketing conference and they came back and said, ‘we’ll put the quotations around ‘Crocodile’ and then people will know it’s a nickname and it’s not all about crocodiles.’ We sort of went, ‘OK… whatever makes you happy.'” (Hogan, Combustible Celluloid)