Piranha (1978)

A hideous death lurked unseen in the river...

  • Genre: Horror, Comedy
  • Release Date: 1978-08-03
  • User Rating: 5.9/10 from 503 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 34min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: New World Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Joe Dante
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When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

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  • Bradford Dillman

    as Paul Grogan
  • Heather Menzies

    as Maggie McKeown
  • Kevin McCarthy

    as Dr. Robert Hoak
  • Keenan Wynn

    as Jack
  • Dick Miller

    as Buck Gardner
  • Barbara Steele

    as Dr. Mengers
  • Belinda Balaski

    as Betsy
  • Melody Thomas Scott

    as Laura Dickinson
  • Bruce Gordon

    as Colonel Waxman
  • Barry Brown

    as Trooper
  • Paul Bartel

    as Mr. Dumont
  • Shannon Collins

    as Suzie Grogan
  • Shawn Nelson

    as Whitney
  • Richard Deacon

    as Earl Lyon
  • Janie Squire

    as Barbara Randolph
  • Roger Richman

    as David
  • Bill Smillie

    as Jailer
  • Guich Koock

    as TV Pitchman
  • Jack Pauleson

    as Boy in Canoe
  • Eric Henshaw

    as Father in Canoe
  • Robert Vinson

    as Soldier
  • Virginia Dunnam

    as Girl
  • Diamond Farnsworth

    as Water-skier (as Hill Farnsworth)
  • Bruce Paul Barbour

    as Man in Boat (as Bruce Barbour)
  • Robyn Ray

    as Screaming Woman
  • Mike Sullivan

    as Dam Guard
  • Jack Cardwell

    as Brandy
  • Sally Bondi

    as Swimming Deb (uncredited)
  • Eric Braeden

    as Dr. Robert Hoak (swimming double) (uncredited)
  • Joe Dante

    as Scuba Diver #2 (uncredited)
  • Amy Holden Jones

    as Hertz Clerk (uncredited)
  • Andrew G. La Marca

    as Scuba Diver #1 (uncredited)
  • John Sayles

    as Army Sentry (uncredited)
  • Phil Tippett

    as Scuba Diver (uncredited)
Editing Mark Goldblatt Editor
Production Roger Corman Executive Producer
Directing Joe Dante Director
Editing Joe Dante Editor
Production Jon Davison Producer
Visual Effects Phil Tippett Visual Effects
Camera Jamie Anderson Director of Photography
Production Susan Arnold Casting
Sound Pino Donaggio Original Music Composer
Crew Vincent Prentice Makeup Effects
Visual Effects Chris Walas Visual Effects
Writing John Sayles Screenplay
Writing John Sayles Story
Crew Rob Bottin Makeup Effects
Production Hisako Tsukuba Co-Producer
Production Jeff Schechtman Executive Producer
Art Bill Mellin Art Direction
Art Kerry Mellin Art Direction
Art Jeff Ayers Set Decoration
Writing Richard Robinson Story