That’s Not a Knife

Crocodile Dundee is a quintessential Australian movie. G’day mates! Crocodile Dundee was purposefully created by writer & star Paul Hogan to give Australia a mainstream hit. The movie ended up exceeding expectations by being one of the highest grossing films of 1986 and even receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Which is rare for a comedy, let alone one with such a simple premise. Crocodile Dundee begins in Australia with the tough, but friendly Mick “Crocodile” Dundee. Mick is a likeable bushman who introduces his customs to traveling American reporter Sue Charlton.

They explore the Outback, save a couple of Kangaroos, interact with Aboriginals, and enjoy some wildlife on the barbie. Hogan and Linda Kozlowski’s chemistry is so genuine that they ended up falling in love in real life. Ironically, Australia isn’t the most memorable part of the movie apart from Sue being attacked by a crocodile while wearing a sexy one-piece. Crocodile Dundee really works as a “fish out of water” story. Sue takes Mick to New York where he experiences life in the big city. Although it’s strange to treat an Australian like some kind of alien, the best jokes are Dundee’s reactions to the harsh modern world.

He encounters crossdressers, prostitutes, and cocaine for the first time. Yet he remains friendly with every new mate he encounters. Like his black chauffeur played by Reginald VelJohnson. His most iconic moments include stopping a purse snatcher with a soup can, controlling animals with his fingers, and scaring a punk with his knife. Since it’s the 80’s, of course Sue has a fianceรฉ who’s clearly a jerk. A simple declaration of love is made even funnier when New Yorkers help them come together in a busy subway. Crocodile Dundee is a fresh take on a local Australian hero.

Crocodile Dundee

Mick “Crocodile” Dundee wrestles a crocodile

Followed by: Crocodile Dundee II

6 thoughts on “That’s Not a Knife

  1. Oh, damn, this takes me back, and now I feel old! Crocodile Dundee is one of those movies that were made to be fun, and we need more of those nowadays! ๐Ÿ™‚

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