Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course

Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course

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Director: John Stainton

Cast: John Stainton, Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, Magda Szubanski

     
 

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Crikey! Following a brief cameo in Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), hyperactive, high-energy cable television star and native Australian naturalist Steve Irwin parlays his success as a confronter of all things scaly, fanged, and venomous into this feature-film adventure. Irwin and his wife Terri Irwin play themselves as animal activists who rescue an endangered crocodileSee more details below

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Crikey! Following a brief cameo in Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), hyperactive, high-energy cable television star and native Australian naturalist Steve Irwin parlays his success as a confronter of all things scaly, fanged, and venomous into this feature-film adventure. Irwin and his wife Terri Irwin play themselves as animal activists who rescue an endangered crocodile, not realizing that the critter has swallowed a downed top-secret satellite beacon that's the subject of an intense search by CIA personnel. Believing that the spies are poachers out to steal the animal's precious hide, the Irwins evade their pursuers while attempting to get the crocodile to safety in a remote area of the Outback, adopting an orphaned joey (a baby kangaroo), and grappling with bird-eating spiders and poisonous snakes along the way. In the meantime, the secret agents mistakenly believe the Irwins are enemy operatives trying to steal their highly valuable technology. The real-life Irwins donated all of their fees from The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002) to wildlife conservation efforts.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Peter Marchand
For every Mission: Impossible there are at least ten TV show–based films that land on the screen with a thud. But with hyperkinetic Australian eccentric Steve Irwin at the helm, The Crocodile Hunter's big-screen premiere would be hard-pressed not to entertain. For his foray into filmdom, Animal Planet's Irwin plays it close to the khaki vest, and the result is surprisingly engaging -- if you think nature's pretty cool and get a bit of giddy delight each time he shouts "Crikey!" The plot follows Steve and his wife-cum-adventure partner, Terri, as they traverse the Outback, interacting with animals and preaching conservationism. Unbeknownst to the Irwins, part of a U.S. government satellite has crashed to earth, where it was swallowed by an ornery 12-foot croc. When covert agencies come looking for it, Steve thinks they are poachers and outmaneuvers them at every turn in order to keep the croc out of their hands. Director John Stainton devotes most of the 89 minutes to letting Steve be Steve. Like a Tasmanian Devil on his fifth cup of Joe, Irwin whizzes through the movie, tangling with a venomous, bird-eating spider, rescuing a helpless kangaroo joey, and wrestling crocs with characteristic aplomb. If Collision Course often seems like little more than a long installment of his show, it is an especially good one. Irwin is no Mel Gibson. He’s not even a Paul Hogan. He is simply himself -- a uniquely fearless, affable adventurer on a mission to educate and amaze. The Special Edition DVD offers a making-of documentary, a featurette on working with wild beasts, and several deleted scenes with introductions by director John Stainton.
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The contagious gusto of nutty bloke Steve Irwin has given pause to many a restless channel surfer, who stop on his Animal Planet show to witness the one time he recoils from a springing crocodile a smidgeon too late. It turns out his mixture of clowning and teaching is enough to carry a children's movie, and that this movie maintains that fascination factor necessary to keep older viewers from squirming -- not unlike Irwin's poisonous snakes, which he handles as though emboldened by a pact with the devil. The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course works because writer-producer-director John Stainton doesn't try to make actors of Irwin and his wife Terri, letting them play themselves rather than Indiana Jones or Crocodile Dundee-style adventurers, as well as talk to deadly wildlife instead of human actors. Stainton splits the narrative between the familiar pursuits of the Irwins and the kooky CIA retrieval mission, even changing the aspect ratio from the rectangular cinema format to the square TV format to distinguish them. When the plots do finally collide near the end, it's clever and humorous: As he grapples with one of the suits atop a moving SUV, Irwin continues to address the camera as though he were simply encountering a nastier species of predator. These fun moments come at the cost of a B-movie production design and an anonymous cast of bland performers, but there's one notable exception: the rotund, cartoonish Magda Szubanski, offering an irascible variation on her Mrs. Hoggett character from Babe. Crocodile Hunter does have its moments -- but it would be just as well to wait and accidentally discover it while channel surfing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/17/2002
UPC:
0027616880550
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Irwin The Crocodile Hunter
Terri Irwin Herself
Magda Szubanski Brozzie Drewitt
David Wenham Sam Flynn
Lachy Hulme Robert Wheeler
Aden Young Ron Buckwhiler
Kenneth Ransom Vaughan Archer
Kate Beahan Jo Buckley
Steven Vidler Deputy Director Ansell
Steve Bastoni Deputy Director Reynolds
Alyson Standen Anne Milking
Alex Ruiz CIA Agent
David Franklin CIA Agent
Robert Coleby Dr. Weinberger
Kevin Hides Dr. Krug
Christopher Morris Canberra Space Technician
Todd Levi Canberra Space Technician
Christopher Gordon Conductor

Technical Credits
John Stainton Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Ray Anthony Stunts
Daniel Ardilley Cinematographer
Suresh Ayyar Editor
Judi Bailey Producer
Jason Ballantine Special Effects
Alison Barrett Casting
Bob Blasadall Editor
Renee Bowen Stunts
Paul "Salty" Brincat Sound/Sound Designer
Craig Brown Animator
Greg Burgmann Sound/Sound Designer
David Burr Cinematographer
Claudine Clark Set Decoration/Design
Michelle Comerford Stunts
Marney Commens Stunts
Mick Corrigan Stunts
Mitch Deans Stunts
Chris Debney Animator
Jon Dowding Production Designer
Craig Dunn Stunts
Luke Eccleston Stunts
Neil Fanning Stunts
Chrissy Feld Set Decoration/Design
Steve Irwin Stunts
Sue Kelly-Tait Makeup
Serge Kovalenko Animator
Alex McCleod Animator
Mark McDuff Score Composer
Annie McEvoy Production Manager
Wayne Pashley Sound/Sound Designer
Greg Petchkovsky Animator
Garry Phillips Cinematographer
Henry Pierce Camera Operator
Anthony Politis Camera Operator
Arnold Rifkin Producer
Steven Robinson Stunts
Alex Scollay Animator
Holly Goldberg Sloan Screenwriter
Matthew Smith Animator
John Stokes Cinematographer
Scott Tansley Animator
Zelie Thompson Stunts
Jean Turnbull Costumes/Costume Designer
Darko Tuscan Stunts
Harry Ward Special Effects
Chris Webb Asst. Director
Clinton White Asst. Director
Bruce Willis Producer

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