The film "Crocodile Dundee" has become one of the most successful projects in the history of Australian cinema. At the box office, he was able to collect about $ 330 million. It’s hard to believe, but for the leading actors, Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski, this was the first serious film work. At the same time, Hogan was already 47 years old at that time and for many years he hosted the comic program "The Paul Hogan Show" on Australian television. Linda Kozlowski is almost twenty years younger than her partner, before "Crocodile Dundee" performed in Broadway performances and played several small roles in films.
12 Interesting Facts About Crocodile Dundee
- The money for the shooting of the film was collected, as they say, "all over the world." Almost 1, 500 investors were attracted. We managed to collect about 9 million Australian dollars. Moreover, 600 thousand of them were contributed by Paul Hogan himself. After a successful rental, investors received good dividends.
- The Dundee Crocodile is said to have had a real life prototype - Australian adventurer Rod Ansell. In 1977, a huge crocodile attacked his motor boat in northern Australia. The boat was badly damaged, and the nearest settlement was hundreds of kilometers away. Ansell managed to get to the people only after two months.
- Two years later, the documentary "Fighting the Wild" was released, making Rod Ansell famous throughout Australia. Having received a good fee, Ansell decided to become an honest landowner. But later he went broke and even spent some time in prison for stealing other people's cows. Having freed himself, he became addicted to drugs and in 1999 he died in a shootout with the police.
- Filmed "Crocodile Dundee" was filmed in two countries - Australia and the United States. In Australia, Kakadu National Park was used for filming. This has brought great publicity to the park, now those who wish can take a trip to the places of Dundee's adventures.
- The knife, with which the protagonist does not part throughout the film, is called the "Bowie knife". According to legend, it was developed by the American planter Reason Bowie, who then presented it to his brother James. Over time, this type of knife has become widespread throughout the world. The length of the knife blade used by Dundee-Crocodile is about 230 millimeters. After the release of the picture on the screens, many fans of edged weapons asked to make a copy of the Australian crocodile hunter's knife.
- The room in the New York Plaza Hotel, where the Australian guest is staying, is also very popular in New York. The pleasure costs visitors "only" a thousand dollars per day. True, the guests are surprised that there is no bidet in the room, it was mounted specifically for filming, and then removed.
- How many crocodiles were injured during the filming? It turns out not a single one, the "victims" of Dundee were scarecrows. In one of the most dramatic moments of the picture, Sue Charlton is attacked not by a living predator, but by a specially made mechanical mannequin. It cost the filmmakers $ 45, 000. Although, Paul Hogan has repeatedly expressed a desire to fight with a real crocodile.
- When filming was completed, the rental was offered to the famous Hollywood company 20th Century Fox. A representative from Hollywood arrived to meet with screenwriter and film producer John Cornell, but the film did not inspire him. About 20 minutes after the start of the session, he announced that the deal would not take place. The more forward-looking company was Paramount Pictures, to which the rights to the film were transferred.
- After filming the film together, Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski announced that they were officially getting married. The actors lived together for 23 years, from 1990 to 2013, after which they divorced. In 1998, they had a son, Chance Hogan.
- The film was translated into Russian in 1988 at the Gorky Film Studio and was successfully shown throughout the Soviet Union. It was the most popular Australian motion picture in our country. At this time, the era of video tape recorders began, and pirated copies of the film began to spread throughout the Soviet Union.
- The success of "Crocodile Dundee" made its filmmakers think it would be a good idea to release a sequel to the adventure of a crocodile hunter. In 1988, the filming of the film "Crocodile Dundee-2" was completed, and thirteen years later the premiere of the film "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles" took place. The lead roles continued to feature Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski. Viewers were surprised to note that Hogan has hardly changed over the years, although fifteen years have passed since the release of the first part
- There are very few films in the acting careers of Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski. But it was "Dundee, nicknamed Crocodile" that made them famous all over the world. In 1986, Hogan received the prestigious Golden Globe Film Award for Best Actor, which was generally his first major film role.