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Fierce Creatures (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 24 January 1997 (USA)
Zookeepers struggle to deal with the policies of changing directors.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cleese ... Rollo Lee
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Willa Weston
Kevin Kline ... Vince McCain / Rod McCain
Michael Palin ... Bugsy Malone
Ronnie Corbett ... Reggie Sealions
Carey Lowell ... Cub Felines
Robert Lindsay ... Sydney Small Mammals
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... Neville Coltrane
Derek Griffiths Derek Griffiths ... Gerry Ungulates
Cynthia Cleese ... Pip Small Mammals
Richard Ridings ... Hugh Primates
Maria Aitken ... Di Admin
Michael Percival ... Ant Keeper
Fred Evans Fred Evans ... Flamingo Keeper
Lisa Hogan Lisa Hogan ... Sealion Keeper
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Storyline

A massive corporate conglomerate, Octopus Inc., run by a shrewd and cruel tycoon named Rod McCain, purchases a UK-based leisure company, and also the failing London Marwood Zoo. To bring more business to the zoo, Octopus hires a new manager, Rollo Lee, who promptly comes up with a way to increase profits-do away with all the animals except for the ferocious ones. This new Fierce Creatures Policy shocks the Marwood zookeepers, led by the unendingly talkative Adrian "Bugsy" Malone. Eventually, Rod McCain's son Vince, along with the up-and-coming business executive Willa Weston, take control of the zoo and revoke the Fierce Creatures Policy. Vince instead comes up with many under-handed and vicious schemes to attract customers-unauthorized celebrity endorsements, shoddy, overpriced zoo merchandise, and using robotic animals instead of real ones. However, Vince is also stealing from the zoo's funds, and when his father finds out, he rears to turn the zoo into a Japanese-owned golf course.... Written by Josh Martin <jmartin@netarrant.net>

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Taglines:

Don't pet them.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual innuendo and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Fish II See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,759,480, 26 January 1997

Gross USA:

$9,381,260

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,381,260
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DTS | Dolby SR | DTS-Stereo | Dolby Digital (5.1 surround) (DVD version)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The theatrical trailer opens with the statement 'The following preview has not been tested on animals'. The main cast is introduced as 'Oscar winner' Kevin Kline; John 'Absolutely no chance of an Oscar' Cleese, Jamie Lee 'My mom & dad almost got an Oscar' Curtis and Michael 'I know someone called Oscar' Palin. The trailer ends with a clip from the deleted ending in which Kline's character Vince McCain is hit in the groin by a charging rhino and send flying. See more »

Goofs

When Rollo is standing beside the lemur cage, he raises his left hand to wave, yet in the next shot his right hand is in the air. See more »

Quotes

Willa Weston: For one thing, he loves animals.
Vince: Oh, he doesn't just love 'em.
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Crazy Credits

No animals were injured during the making of this movie, only humans. See more »

Alternate Versions

To receive a PG certificate for UK cinemas one cut was made to remove Rollo's use of 'fucking hell'. Video and DVD releases were uncut and the rating increased to a 12. See more »

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Hungry Heart
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Insanely funny
19 August 2008 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Rollo is the director of a London zoo which is not making enough money for billionaire Rod McCain, who doesn't need the money but doesn't care. His idea is to get rid of all animals that are not "fierce creatures" because the less dangerous animals don't produce enough revenue. The zoo employees try in vain to persuade Rollo that some of the animals are in fact fierce, but it doesn't work. Rollo's solution turns out to be quite hilarious, and not as demented as it might seem.

But Rod is not happy with the job Rollo is doing, and he sends Vince and Willa to make improvements. With hilarious results. The zoo employees look like NASCAR drivers and every exhibit appears to have a sponsor.

Add to that a naughty sense of humor. For example, while Rollo is hiding some of the less desirable animals in his sleeping quarters, Willa (on the phone) thinks he has numerous women with him. Plenty of other evidence of Rollo's supposed womanizing gets him in even more trouble. And then there is the time the woman falls down steps and needs an ambulance. One has to forget the concern that might be felt for characters in pain in most movies or TV shows, and just enjoy the moment.

John Cleese and Jamie Lee Curtis both do fine jobs here. Cleese has an insane sense of humor, though his consideration for others lacks the outrageousness of Basil Fawlty. That's probably a good thing; Kevin Klines's two characters do enough of that sort of thing. Curtis does her best work when not even saying a word, making expert use of facial expressions. Plus she has a hot body and shows it off in tight and often revealing outfits.

I don't think I'd recommend this for children. But it might appeal to the Monty Python fans.


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