"Crocodile" Dundee II (1988)

PG | 110-111 mins | Adventure, Romantic comedy | 25 May 1988

Director:

John Cornell

Producers:

John Cornell, Jane Scott

Cinematographer:

Russell Boyd

Editor:

David Stiven

Production Designer:

Lawrence Eastwood

Production Company:

Rimfire Films, Ltd.
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HISTORY

       Three months after the U.S. release of the Australian film, Crocodile Dundee (1986), a 20 Dec 1986 LAHExam brief announced that a sequel to the picture was “definitely on the way.” The following year, an article in the 22 Apr 1987 HR reported producer-director John Cornell as stating that principal photography could begin as early as Sep 1987. While an item in the 6 May 1987 DV reported pre-production on Crocodile Dundee II was scheduled for Jul 1987 in Australia, a 26 Aug 1987 Var production chart stated principal photography began on 24 Aug 1987. The 23 Aug 1987 LAT and Var production charts noted that Ironbark Prods. was associated with the film. However, Ironbark Prods. is not credited onscreen. According to the Var production chart and production notes in AMPAS library files, filming took place on locations in New York City and Arnhem Land, a northern territory in Australia. A 7 Aug 1988 NYT article also stated that filming took place in Jersey City, NJ, and a brief in the 20 Apr 1988 HR reported re-shoots for the film were produced in Los Angeles, CA, in mid-Apr 1988.
       A 31 Mar 1988 Exhibitor Relations Co., Inc. press release in AMPAS library files listed that the film’s budget was approximately $15 million, more than doubling the $6.5 million budget of Crocodile Dundee, as reported by the 7 Aug 1987 DV.
       According to the 13 Dec 1987 LAT, the film was scheduled ... More Less

       Three months after the U.S. release of the Australian film, Crocodile Dundee (1986), a 20 Dec 1986 LAHExam brief announced that a sequel to the picture was “definitely on the way.” The following year, an article in the 22 Apr 1987 HR reported producer-director John Cornell as stating that principal photography could begin as early as Sep 1987. While an item in the 6 May 1987 DV reported pre-production on Crocodile Dundee II was scheduled for Jul 1987 in Australia, a 26 Aug 1987 Var production chart stated principal photography began on 24 Aug 1987. The 23 Aug 1987 LAT and Var production charts noted that Ironbark Prods. was associated with the film. However, Ironbark Prods. is not credited onscreen. According to the Var production chart and production notes in AMPAS library files, filming took place on locations in New York City and Arnhem Land, a northern territory in Australia. A 7 Aug 1988 NYT article also stated that filming took place in Jersey City, NJ, and a brief in the 20 Apr 1988 HR reported re-shoots for the film were produced in Los Angeles, CA, in mid-Apr 1988.
       A 31 Mar 1988 Exhibitor Relations Co., Inc. press release in AMPAS library files listed that the film’s budget was approximately $15 million, more than doubling the $6.5 million budget of Crocodile Dundee, as reported by the 7 Aug 1987 DV.
       According to the 13 Dec 1987 LAT, the film was scheduled for release on 25 May 1988, two days before the 1988 Memorial Day holiday weekend. A 6 May 1988 Paramount Pictures news release, in AMPAS library files, stated “Crocodile” Dundee II would be opening across the country on approximately 2,500 screens, “the largest number of screens that any movie has ever opened in the North American market,” beating the 2,326-screen opening of Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, see entry) the previous year.
       The 17 May 1988 HR reported that “Crocodile” Dundee II world premiere was planned for 19 May 1988 at two theatres at Hoyts Centre in Sydney, Australia, with one screening reserved for guests of actor-writer Paul Hogan, and the second as a benefit for the Australia Olympic Federation. Although the HR noted that the U.S. premiere was scheduled two days later, on 21 May 1988, in Los Angeles, CA, the 19 May 1988 Chicago Tribune reported the picture was to premiere on 22 May 1988.
       The picture was released as planned on 25 May 1988. The following week, a trade advertisement in the 1 Jun 1988 DV stated that the film took in $29,215,731 at the box-office after six days at 2,837 theaters. A month after release, the 22 Jun 1988 HR reported the film had grossed over $67 million, making it “the nation’s No. 1 film of 1988.” According to the 29 Jul 1988 DV, the picture reached a box-office gross of $100 million within sixty-five days of theatrical release.
       Articles in the 21 Oct 1987 Var and 21 Aug 1988 NYT reported that both actor-writer Paul Hogan and producer-director John Cornell stated there would be no additional films in the Crocodile Dundee series. However, Paul Hogan returned to produce and star in the 2001 sequel, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (see entry).
      End credits state: “With special thanks to QANTAS Airways Limited; The New York City Mayor’s Officer of Film Theatre & Broadcasting; New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television Development.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
19 May 1988
Tempo, p. 8.
Daily Variety
6 May 1987
p. 3.
Daily Variety
7 Aug 1987
p. 1, 26.
Daily Variety
1 Jun 1988
pp. 10-11.
Daily Variety
29 Jul 1988
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Apr 1987
p. 1, 7.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Apr 1988.
---
Hollywood Reporter
17 May 1988.
---
Hollywood Reporter
20 May 1988
p. 5, 40.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jun 1988.
---
LAHExam
20 Dec 1986.
---
Los Angeles Times
23 Aug 1987
Calendar, p. 36.
Los Angeles Times
13 Dec 1987
Calendar, p. 38.
Los Angeles Times
25 May 1988
Calendar, p. 1.
New York Times
25 May 1988
Section C, p. 15.
New York Times
7 Aug 1988
Section A, p. 1.
New York Times
21 Aug 1988
Section A, p. 11.
Variety
26 Aug 1987
p. 26.
Variety
21 Oct 1987
p. 13.
Variety
25 May 1988
p. 16.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Cast -- Australia
Cast -- Australia
Cast -- New York
Cast -- New York
Cast -- New York
Cast -- New York
Cast -- Australia:
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NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Cast -- Australia
Cast -- Australia
Cast -- New York
Cast -- New York
Cast -- New York
Cast -- New York
Cast -- Australia:
Cast -- New York:
+
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Paramount Pictures presents
A Rimfire Films Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr, Crew -- Australia
1st asst dir, Crew -- Australia
2d asst dir, Crew -- Australia
3d asst dir, Crew -- Australia
4th asst dir, Crew -- Australia
Prod mgr, Crew -- New York
2d asst dir, Crew -- New York
2d asst dir, Crew -- New York
2d 2d asst dir, Crew -- New York
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op, Crew -- Australia
Focus puller, Crew -- Australia
Panaglide op, Crew -- Australia
Clapper/Loader
Cam asst & maintenance, Crew -- Australia
Louma op, Crew -- Australia
Gaffer, Crew -- Australia
Best boy, Crew -- Australia
Elec, Crew -- Australia
Elec, Crew -- Australia
Generator op, Crew -- Australia
Key grip, Crew -- Australia
Best boy grip, Crew -- Australia
Grip, Crew -- Australia
Grip, Crew -- Australia
Grip, Crew -- Australia
2d unit cam, Crew -- Australia
2d unit cam asst, Crew -- Australia
2d unit grip, Crew -- Australia
Wildlife cam, Crew -- Australia
Cam asst, Crew -- Australia
Stills photog, Crew -- Australia
Unit generator op, Crew -- Australia
Addl cam op, Crew -- New York
1st asst cam, Crew -- New York
2d asst cam, Crew -- New York
Steadicam, Crew -- New York
Stills photog, Crew -- New York
Stills photog, Crew -- New York
N.Y. gaffer, Crew -- New York
Best boy, Crew -- New York
Elec, Crew -- New York
Elec, Crew -- New York
N.Y. key grip, Crew -- New York
Best boy, Crew -- New York
Grip, Crew -- New York
Grip, Crew -- New York
Grip, Crew -- New York
Grip, Crew -- New York
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir, Crew -- Australia
Asst art dir, Crew -- Australia
Art dept admin, Crew -- Australia
Art dept runner, Crew -- Australia
Storyboard artist, Crew -- Australia
Art dir, Crew -- New York
Asst art dir, Crew -- New York
Art dept coord, Crew -- New York
Art dept res, Crew -- New York
FILM EDITORS
Assembly ed, Crew -- Australia
Asst ed, Crew -- Australia
Asst ed, Crew -- Australia
Asst ed, Crew -- Australia
N.Y. assembly ed, Crew -- New York
1st asst ed, Crew -- New York
Apprentice ed, Crew -- New York
SET DECORATORS
Prop buyer (Loc), Crew -- Australia
Prop buyer (Studio), Crew -- Australia
Standby prop, Crew -- Australia
Draughtsperson/Model maker, Crew -- Australia
Const mgr, Crew -- Australia
Scenic artist, Crew -- Australia
Carpenter, Crew -- Australia
Carpenter, Crew -- Australia
Carpenter, Crew -- Australia
Carpenter, Crew -- Australia
Carpenter, Crew -- Australia
Const runner, Crew -- Australia
Painter, Crew -- Australia
Spec prop maker, Crew -- Australia
Spec prop maker, Crew -- Australia
Spec prop maker, Crew -- Australia
Spec prop maker, Crew -- Australia
Spec prop maker, Crew -- Australia
Armourer, Crew -- Australia
Set dec, Crew -- New York
Asst set dec, Crew -- New York
Head set dresser, Crew -- New York
Set dresser, Crew -- New York
Set dresser, Crew -- New York
Prop master, Crew -- New York
Asst prop, Crew -- New York
Chargeman, Crew -- New York
Stand-by scenic, Crew -- New York
Const coord, Crew -- New York
Const foreman, Crew -- New York
Const foreman, Crew -- New York
COSTUMES
Cost des
Standby ward, Crew -- Australia
2d standby ward, Crew -- Australia
Cost cutter, Crew -- Australia
Ward asst, Crew -- Australia
Asst to cost des, Crew -- New York
Ward supv, Crew -- New York
Ward asst, Crew -- New York
Ward P.A., Crew -- New York
MUSIC
Mus/Orch and Fairlight CMI programing
SOUND
Sd rec, Crew -- Australia
Boom op, Crew -- Australia
Sd rec, Crew -- Australia
Sd supv, Crew -- Australia
Asst sd ed, Crew -- Australia
Sd rec, Crew -- New York
Boom op, Crew -- New York
Sd P.A., Crew -- New York
Supv sd ed, Crew -- New York
Sd ed, Crew -- New York
Sd ed, Crew -- New York
Sd ed, Crew -- New York
Sd ed, Crew -- New York
Supv ADR ed, Crew -- New York
ADR ed, Crew -- New York
ADR ed, Crew -- New York
Supv foley ed, Crew -- New York
Foley ed, Crew -- New York
Sd asst, Crew -- New York
Sd asst, Crew -- New York
Re-rec mixer, Crew -- New York
Re-rec mixer, Crew -- New York
Re-rec mixer, Crew -- New York
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord, Crew -- Australia
Spec eff, Crew -- Australia
Spec eff, Crew -- Australia
Spec eff, Crew -- Australia
Titles, Crew -- Australia
Spec eff, Crew -- New York
Asst spec eff, Crew -- New York
Asst spec eff, Crew -- New York
Asst spec eff, Crew -- New York
Spec eff P.A., Crew -- New York
Background compositing by
MAKEUP
Make-up artist, Crew -- Australia
Hairdresser, Crew -- Australia
N.Y. make-up, Crew -- New York
N.Y. hair, Crew -- New York
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Post prod coord, Crew -- Australia
Prod coord, Crew -- Australia
Prod secy, Crew -- Australia
Prod secy, Crew -- Australia
Dir's asst, Crew -- Australia
Dir's secy, Crew -- Australia
Base office liaison, Crew -- Australia
Prod runner, Crew -- Australia
Prod office asst, Crew -- Australia
Financial controller, Crew -- Australia
Prod accountant, Crew -- Australia
Accounts asst, Crew -- Australia
Accounts asst, Crew -- Australia
Loc scout, Crew -- Australia
Cont, Crew -- Australia
Loc mgr, Crew -- Australia
Unit mgr, Crew -- Australia
Asst unit mgr, Crew -- Australia
Unit runner & loc asst, Crew -- Australia
Bat wrangler, Crew -- Australia
Bat wrangler, Crew -- Australia
Buffalo wrangler, Crew -- Australia
Buffalo wrangler, Crew -- Australia
Reptile wrangler, Crew -- Australia
Crocodile adv, Crew -- Australia
Crocodile adv, Crew -- Australia
Film school attachment, Crew -- Australia
Cutting room mgr, Crew -- Australia
Safety officer, Crew -- Australia
Nurse, Crew -- Australia
Extras coord, Crew -- Australia
Lead cast liaison, Crew -- Australia
Transport mgr, Crew -- Australia
N.T. Camp mgr, Crew -- Australia
Mgr's asst, Crew -- Australia
Mgr's asst, Crew -- Australia
Ja Ja Camp liaison, Crew -- Australia
Loc caterer, Crew -- Australia
Helicopter pilot, Crew -- Australia
Domestic & international freight, Crew -- Australi
Auditor, Crew -- Australia
Unit mgr, Crew -- New York
Asst prod coord, Crew -- New York
Asst prod coord, Crew -- New York
Prod secy, Crew -- New York
Casting asst, Crew -- New York
Office prod aide, Crew -- New York
Loc mgr, Crew -- New York
Asst loc mgr, Crew -- New York
Loc scout, Crew -- New York
Auditor, Crew -- New York
Asst auditor, Crew -- New York
Asst auditor, Crew -- New York
Extras casting, Crew -- New York
Key prod asst, Crew -- New York
Prod asst, Crew -- New York
Prod asst, Crew -- New York
Prod asst, Crew -- New York
Prod asst, Crew -- New York
Prod asst, Crew -- New York
Teamster capt, Crew -- New York
Parking coord, Crew -- New York
Craft services, Crew -- New York
2d unit op, Crew -- New York
2d unit op, Crew -- New York
2d unit asst, Crew -- New York
2d unit asst, Crew -- New York
Security, Crew -- New York
Security, Crew -- New York
Post prod facilities, Crew -- New York
Background compositing by, Crew -- New York
Attorney, Crew -- New York
STAND INS
Stunts, Cast -- Australia
Stunts, Cast -- Australia
Stand-in, Cast -- Australia
Stand-in, Cast -- Australia
Stand-in, Cast -- Australia
Stunts, Cast -- New York
Stunts, Cast -- New York
Stunts, Cast -- New York
Stunts, Cast -- New York
Stunts, Cast -- New York
Stand-in, Cast -- New York
Stand-in, Cast -- New York
Stunt coord, Crew -- Australia
Stunt coord, Crew -- New York
Stunt coord, Crew -- New York
Stunt rigger, Crew -- New York
Stunt rigger, Crew -- New York
Stunt rigger, Crew -- New York
Stunt rigger, Crew -- New York
COLOR PERSONNEL
Laboratory, Crew -- Australia
Laboratory, Crew -- New York
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Crocodile Dundee II
Release Date:
25 May 1988
Premiere Information:
Sydney, Australia world premiere: 19 May 1988
Los Angeles premiere: 21 or 22 May 1988
Production Date:
began 24 August 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Rimfire Films, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
23 June 1988
Copyright Number:
PA372018
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed in Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
110-111
MPAA Rating:
PG
Countries:
Australia, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29155
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In New York City, Mick “Crocodile” Dundee, former adventurer from the Northern Territory of Australia, lives with his girl friend, reporter Sue Charlton. While Sue is at work, Mick goes to his favorite bar and announces to the patrons that he is looking for a job. His friend, Leroy, tells Mick he may have work for him as a deliveryman. However, Al, the barkeep, warns Mick that Leroy’s business may not be legal. Outside, Leroy confesses he sells office supplies, but keeps it a secret to retain his tough-guy image, like the Jim Croce song, “Bad Bad Leroy Brown.” Elsewhere in Colombia, South America, Sue’s ex-husband, journalist Bob Tanner, takes photographs of drug cartel leader Luis Rico while on assignment for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). At Rico’s cocaine plant, Bob captures Rico on film executing a man. However, Rico’s henchmen see Bob and fire their guns at him. After escaping, Bob mails the film to Sue in a letter before returning to his hotel. Placing a telephone call to Inspector Brannigan at the DEA, Bob requests witness protection in exchange for the photographs. After hanging up, Bob places another call to Sue’s apartment, informing her about his letter. While he leaves a message on her answering machine, Miguel, Rico’s second-in-command, overhears that the film is going to New York. Afterward, he orders Rico’s henchman to murder Bob. In New York, Mick receives Bob’s letter for Sue from the postman. Meanwhile, Miguel kidnaps Sue and takes her to Rico’s Long Island mansion. Rico asks for the film, but Sue has not gotten the letter ... +


In New York City, Mick “Crocodile” Dundee, former adventurer from the Northern Territory of Australia, lives with his girl friend, reporter Sue Charlton. While Sue is at work, Mick goes to his favorite bar and announces to the patrons that he is looking for a job. His friend, Leroy, tells Mick he may have work for him as a deliveryman. However, Al, the barkeep, warns Mick that Leroy’s business may not be legal. Outside, Leroy confesses he sells office supplies, but keeps it a secret to retain his tough-guy image, like the Jim Croce song, “Bad Bad Leroy Brown.” Elsewhere in Colombia, South America, Sue’s ex-husband, journalist Bob Tanner, takes photographs of drug cartel leader Luis Rico while on assignment for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). At Rico’s cocaine plant, Bob captures Rico on film executing a man. However, Rico’s henchmen see Bob and fire their guns at him. After escaping, Bob mails the film to Sue in a letter before returning to his hotel. Placing a telephone call to Inspector Brannigan at the DEA, Bob requests witness protection in exchange for the photographs. After hanging up, Bob places another call to Sue’s apartment, informing her about his letter. While he leaves a message on her answering machine, Miguel, Rico’s second-in-command, overhears that the film is going to New York. Afterward, he orders Rico’s henchman to murder Bob. In New York, Mick receives Bob’s letter for Sue from the postman. Meanwhile, Miguel kidnaps Sue and takes her to Rico’s Long Island mansion. Rico asks for the film, but Sue has not gotten the letter from her ex-husband. Just then, Rico receives a telephone call from one of his hitmen informing him that the film is not in Sue’s apartment, and Mick is on his way home. Believing Mick has the film, Rico issues an order to bring Mick to the mansion, but learns DEA agents are around the building. When Mick arrives at the apartment, Rico telephones, instructing him to bring the film to the Hoyt Street subway station to be handed over to one of his men. Before hanging up, Rico warns Mick not to be followed. As he walks to the station, Mick notices a DEA agent. Cornering the agent in a restroom, Mick places a knife to his neck and asks why the agent is following him. He tells Mick he was ordered by Inspector Brannigan to obtain the film. Escaping the agent, Mick arrives at the station. One of Rico’s hitmen asks for the film, promising Sue will disembark from the incoming train. However, Sue is not on the train, and the hitman pulls his gun on Mick. A tour group arrives at the station. As the hitman is distracted, Mick knocks him out with help from two of the tourists. Returning to the apartment, Mick finds another hitman, but is able to beat him unconscious. When the hitman awakens, Mick has tied his feet together, and is dangling him from the roof. While Mick threatens to drop him, the hitman tells him Sue is at Rico’s mansion. Brannigan arrives, but Mick escapes by jumping off the roof and swinging onto a lower floor. Mick asks Leroy to help him save Sue, and Leroy suggests they get help from Rat, leader of a street gang. Mick tells the gang to create a distraction, while he breaks into the mansion. Rico’s bodyguards deal with Rat’s gang, and Mick sneaks inside, rescuing Sue. As they leave, the police arrive and arrest Rico. In the morning, Brannigan tells Mick and Sue that Rico escaped and has not been found. Suddenly, shots are fired into the apartment. Worried for Sue’s safety, Mick decides to take her to Australia until Rico is apprehended. Arriving at the Northern Territory’s Walkabout Creek Hotel, Mick is reunited with his friends, Walter Reilly, Donk, and Nugget. Mick drives Sue out to his property. Sue asks how much land he owns, and Mick responds that it is large enough to take a couple of days to walk across. He also mentions his gold mine as they hike to his mountainside shack. Meanwhile, Rico learns Mick and Sue are in Australia, and arrives with Miguel, bodyguards, Garcia and Jose. Miguel’s friend, Frank, and his associates, Denning and Erskine, greet them and assure Rico that Teddy, an Aboriginal tracker, will locate Mick. However, when Teddy learns that Rico is searching for “Crocodile” Dundee, he refuses and leaves. Erskine suggests they kidnap Walter Reilly and force him lead them to Mick and Sue. After abducting Walter, Rico and his crew fire their guns into the air, alerting Mick and Sue. Mick tells them he does not care about Walter, and shoots his rifle at Walter, grazing his temple. Sue is startled by Mick’s action, but he assures her that Rico will not kill Walter if he believes they are not friends. As Rico forces Walter to lead them through the outback, Mick signals for a group of nearby Aboriginals to assist him in saving Walter and capturing Rico. One by one, Mick and his cohorts apprehend Rico’s bodyguards and guides. While Sue guards the captured men, Mick gets word to Walter to take Rico and Miguel to Jaba Point. Walter wades into a river, as Rico and Miguel watch from shore. Suddenly, he disappears under the water. Believing that a crocodile ate their guide, Rico and Miguel continue on to Jaba Point. Mick and Walter resurface. Mick goes to Jaba Point, and Walter finds Sue. Grabbing her rifle, Sue sets out to rescue Mick from Rico. Not wanting her to go alone, Walter shows Sue the way back to Mick. When Rico and Miguel reach Jaba Point, Rico starts a brush fire to smoke Mick out into the open, as Miguel hides with his rifle ready. However, Mick sneaks up behind Rico with his knife. Ordering Rico to switch clothes, Mick, dressed as Rico, leads Rico out to trick Miguel into revealing his location. Sue and Walter arrive, and believing Rico has captured Mick, Walter shoots, hitting Mick. Just then, Miguel appears and shoots Rico, who falls to his death over a cliff. Sue fires and kills Miguel. Afterward, Mick appears, wounded, but alive. As Sue kisses him, Charlie arrives and tells Walter it is a good thing he has bad aim. Mick asks Sue if she is ready to return to New York, but she tells him they are already home. +

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