Crocodile Dundee (1986 - 2001)
Directed By: Peter Faiman, John Cornell, Simon Wincer Starring: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon, David Gulpilil, Reginald VelJohnson, Hechter Ubarry, Juan Fernández, Charles S. Dutton, Jere Burns, Jonathan Banks
Certificate: 15 Running Time: Approx 298 minutes
Fish out of water films are usually quite a reliable source of mirth and one of the most famous ones when I was growing up was Crocodile Dundee. Apparently born of star Paul Hogan's desire to establish an Australian folk hero and inspired by real life 'bushman' Rodney Ansell, Mick 'Crocodile' Dundee was a beer swilling, bar fighting, croc wrestling master bushman and survivalist and all round man's man. Apparently raised by Aborigines and now hailing from the tiny, remote Australian bush town of Walkabout Creek, he has somehow managed to catch the attention of a New York newspaper who want to do a story on him. Enter the reporter sent to get the low-down - Sue Chartlon (Kozlowski) - who just happens to be a blonde hottie ripe to be impressed by Dundee's manliness, obviously. It wasn't just her who fell for his charms though - the first film was a big hit, quickly earning its stars worldwide fame (and fortune, presumably).
The inevitable sequel was hot on its tail and that was also popular so it's strange that no more followed it. Not for some thirteen years anyway, when the creaky old codger was brought out of retirement for one last outing, and this remains the only film in the series I hadn't seen prior to this feature. Does it suffer from 'ill-advised belated sequel syndrome' or is it a fitting farewell for an appealing character? Time to rewatch the first two films for the first time in donkey's years before finding out...
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Crocodile Dundee 2 (1988)
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001)
Banish any lingering sadness at the splendid character's final appearance with these happier memories :)