Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Australian smash hit: Crocodile Dundee

Crocodile Dundee is a worldwide famous Australian comedy of love and adventure that was released in 1986. The two main roles are performed by Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski, who finally got married after the filming. The story is actually inspired by the exploits of the Australian Rodney Ansell who is well-known for having spent two months in the bush with limited resources. In the film, the central figure, Michael J. ‘Crocodile’ Dundee, is a crocodile hunter who is said to have survived a crocodile attack. This adventure makes him famous and he progressively becomes a myth. The rumour of Mick’s ordeal even reaches the USA, and a newspaper decides to send an journalist called Sue Charlton in order to interview him. Once there, she has to go on a trip in the bush with the famed adventurer, during which Mick protects her from every danger and even saves her life. Actually, the legendary exploits of the hunter turn out to be a bit overdone (if not a lot). After having spent three days together, they sympathize and Sue, who eventually has to go back, proposes him to follow her to discover New York. Mick, who has never left the Australian Outback, is confronted there with a total different way of life and feels like a fish out of water. After surviving to a new and unknown environment, the Australian hunter falls in love with the American reporter. However, he is disappointed because another man asks Sue to marry him, a proposal that she refuses. Verge on going back to Australia, Sue confesses him her love, she wants him to stay with her. The adventures of the couple carry on in two sequels, namely Crocodile Dundee II (1988) and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001).
Although this movie is regarded as an Australian emblem, it was not welcomed by the local population. Indeed, the comedy portrayes the Australian population as only living in rural and remote areas, whereas the majority of the inhabitants lives in cities and urban centres. The importation of the film in the United-States knew a huge success and Crocodile Dundee is still today an enjoyable entertainment for everyone.

Aurore and Amandine

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