It’s been a full three decades since the first “Crocodile” Dundee film was released, and since then there has been two sequels.
The 1986 Australian comedy took Mike Dundee on an adventure of a lifetime.
The movie might have gone down in box office history, but we’ve got 28 facts that will shock the toothed hat right off of your head!
Check them out here.
Which version did you watch?
Did you know that there are actually two versions of the first “Crocodile” Dundee movie? That’s right, there was an Australian version and an international version – the two were differentiated by specific words being replaced by more universally-understood terms. Looks like some of us missed out on the Aussie slang.
Americans are too literal
Quotation marks were added around the word Crocodile in the film’s title, but only in North America. This was done on purpose to ensure that the audience did not assume Dundee was actually a crocodile.
The first movie only cost about $9 million to make – which is next to nothing in the movie industry. The small budget allowed a commercial Australian flick become popular within mainstream America.
Since the first movie was so successful on a small budget, the producers decided to repeat the process. The second movie only cost $4 million!
While the movies were made on a ridiculously low budget, the amount that they brought in is even more surprising. The first two films made about $300 million and $200 million, but the last movie bombed at $39 million.
Paul Hogan’s previous job
Before becoming the legend that we know and love, Hogan worked as maintenance on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can even spot this famous landmark in the beginning of the first “Crocodile” Dundee movie.
The man, the myth, the legend
Although Bushman Rob Ansell supposedly inspired the film, it wasn’t for the reasons that you might expect. It was actually because he chose to sleep on the floor of a fancy hotel room that sparked the idea for a movie – completely disregarding his incredible survival skills that arose after decapitating crocodiles, sleeping with snakes, capsizing a boat and even drinking cow blood.
Despite living a life that many of us could only dream of, Bushman Rob Ansell had his downfalls. Sadly, he suffered from mental illness and drug addiction, which led to him being shot and killed in one of the most insane police shootouts of all time.
Despite many people knowing about Busman Rob Ansell, Paul Hogan actually claimed to have made up the character all on his own. He stated these claims in an interview while promoting “Crocodile” Dundee in Los Angeles.
Hogan’s first ever Crocodile film is now the fifth most watched movie to be broadcast on British television. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, a staggering 22 million people tuned into BBC1 on Christmas Day in 1989. We bet he was pretty jolly that year!
Not everyone was a fan of the movie. Some Australian critics and viewers felt that it gave an unflattering portrayal of Australians and made them look like ‘redneck’ characters. Offending your home fans is never the way to go.
The film might have been made to appear light-hearted and funny, but some people considered it to be a masterpiece. So much so that the film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
Paul Hogan even won a Golden Globe award for his performance in 1986. It’s safe to say he threw a shrimp on the Barbie to celebrate!
Beverly Hills Dundee?
“Crocodile” Dundee and Beverly Hills Cop are both legendary movies, but you’d never expect to see them both on one screen, would you? The initial plan was to merge the two to create Beverly Hills Cop III – thank goodness that never happened.
Playboy bunnies and crocodiles don’t mix
Mike Tyson and other famous icons made cameos throughout the trilogy, but some celebrities that could have featured wouldn’t have worked so well. Playboy mansion owner and mogul Hugh Hefner was written into an early draft of “Crocodile” Dundee, but the script was later changed.
Perks of the job
Hogan’s newfound fame and fortune led him to become the spokesperson for Subaru and bagged himself an Outback to drive. We can see why, since Mick Dundee drove the same model in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.
Coming to terms with the end
A spin-off about Mickey Dundee was in the works until the final film tanked at the box office. Producers knew that there weren’t good things to come and so cancelled the spin-off and accepted that the momentum was over.
Second best – but still one of the greats
The first “Crocodile” Dundee has made movie history since it was released in 1986. It was the second highest grossing film in the USA and the second highest grossing film at the box office in the entire world in 1986.
It’s quite the knife
The famous knife line is actually misquoted on a regular basis – the script actually reads “You call that a knife? That is a knife!”
Romance on set
Hogan was married to Noelene Edwards from 1982-1989, but he couldn’t stop his feelings forming towards co-star Linda Kozlowski. The co-stars later married in 1990, just four years after the first film’s release. Sadly, the pair weren’t meant to be and they later split in 2014.
Creating a folk hero
Hogan was desperate to made Mick Dundee become an Aussie legend, and he believed “We’ve always been desperately short of folk heroes in this country. Ned Kelly is pathetic. So are the bushrangers.”
A slow start
Mick Dundee might be the main character and central focus of the film, but did you ever notice that you don’t actually see the eccentric Aussie until eight whole minutes in the movie?
A swing and a miss
Despite both the first and second movies doing well at the box office, “Crocodile” Dundee holds an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while “Crocodile” Dundee II only scores 11%.
Dundee, Crocodile Dundee
Hogan never anticipated that his character would become part of a trilogy, so much so that he didn’t want to produce a third flick. He explained that Dundee “…isn’t James Bond and he doesn’t go all over the world solving crimes.”
It might unclear exactly where the inspiration for the first movie came from, but the second was inspired by the Rambo films. It’s still unclear how an Australian with great survival skills was linked to an Australian drug cartel.
Becoming a folk hero
Hogan didn’t help the Australian critics when he stated that he thought the movie was become the ‘land down under’s first proper film. He actually said in an interview that “I don’t think we’ve had one yet—not a real, general public, successful, entertaining movie.”
Dreams to come true
Hogan was in character when he opened the 2000 Sydney Olympic games – he must have been so happy that his dreams of his character becoming a legend came true.
Breaking The Rules
Films certainly wouldn’t be shot in the same way today. The first film was shot in an old uranium mine, which couldn’t have had many health and safety regulations.