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The crocodile hunter: collision course

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Movie propaganda

Aussie adventurer Steve Irwin - aka The Crocodile Hunter - has avoided the death roll and nabbed another feisty croc, hoping to save it from poachers. What Steve doesn't know is that the crocodile has innocently swallowed a top secret USA satellite beacon and the poachers are actually American special agents sent to retrieve it. Crikey!

In the outback and through the bush with his wife Terri's ever-present commentary ringing out over the countryside ("That was a close one, Steve!"), The Crocodile Hunter is out to save the gorgeous croc and relocate him. It won't be easy, but if he can handle bird-eating spiders and venomous snakes without getting bitten, gun-wielding agents shouldn't be too much of a problem. It's a little beauty!

Persons of interest

  • Steve Irwin .... Himself
  • Terri Irwin .... Herself
  • Magda Szubanski .... Brozzie
  • Lachy Hulme .... Robert Wheeler
  • Kate Beahan .... Jo Buckley
  • Kenneth Ransom .... Vaughan Archer
  • David Wenham .... Sam Flynn
  • Steve Bastoni .... Deputy Director Reynolds
  • Steve Vidler .... Deputy Director Ansell
  • Aden Young .... Ron Buckwhiler
  • John Stainton .... Storywriter
  • Holly Goldberg Sloan .... Screenwriter
  • John Stainton .... Director

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Theatrical report

Strewth.

Despite my worst fears, The crocodile hunter: collision course is good. Trooly rooly. Steve Irwin is a kak, his unscripted dialogue bringing real life to the big screen. And the crocodile just goes off.

Unfortunately, the script and the acting is piss poor. Magda Szubanski gives the worst performance of her life as the bush widow. She is crap. Lachy Hulme looks like he would rather be anywhere else doing anything else. David Wenham is plain boring. It's as if everyone signed up for the money before they even looked at the script then sent in a cardboard cut-out to do the acting for them. It is unforgivable.

Fortunately, Steve is hilarious and his sections of the film are both interesting and educational. If you haven't seen the TV show then you will know what it is like: this.

Unfortunately, no-one doing an American accent does a good one.

Fortunately, Steve's enthusiasm for wildlife is infectious.

Unfortunately, John Stainton and Holly Goldberg Sloan created a script that a bunch of Year 8 home video enthusiasts would be ashamed to put their name to. No other film this year has had so much potential and so little realisation.

See The crocodile hunter: collision course for Steve but talk amongst yourselves during the other bits.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Behind-the-scenes
    • Featurettes:
      • Croc rules!
      • The Irwin family
      • The many faces of Steve

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Surveillance time

85 minutes (1:25 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 12 September 2002
DVD retail: 9 April 2003
VHS rental: 9 April 2003

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