|The basic story involves an Australian
man of adventure, Michael Crocodile Dundee (Paul Hogan) who meets
a pretty American reporter, Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), in
the Australian outback, who comes to interview him about how he
had survived a crocodile attack. While taking her on a tour of
the outback, showing her where he was attacked, and what life
is like there, he saves her life, by rescuing her from a hungry
crocodile. She invites him to come with her back to New York.
When he travels with her to New York, humorous complications ensue,
romantic and otherwise, as he encounters a completely different
world, full of things and customs he has never experienced. Also,
Sue has a serious boyfriend, who is about to pop the question,
but things are complicated by Dundee's presence. Sue will have
to make up her mind.
This nice, old fashioned, romantic screenplay, a collaboration
effort by John Cornell and Paul Hogan is simple, yet very charming
and hilarious in parts, and moves well, bringing the audience
with it, wanting more.
Hogan and Kozlowski have great on screen chemistry.
I guess they had pretty good chemistry off screen as well, for
the two eventually married.
My favorite scene takes place on the tough streets of New York.
Toughs approach Hogan, brandishing a knife. Hogan, in response,
says "Is that a knife?" He then shows them his huge
blade, remarking, "Now that's a knife." The hoods
Paul Hogan, after a LONG apprenticeship on Australian TV, exploded
on the screen with CROCODILE DUNDEE. Hogan, with his tanned
handsome face, Australian drawl, and easy going manner, won
over millions of film goers.
Some of Crocodile Dundee's success has to do with its timing.
By the mid '80's, things Australian, including Mel Gibson, beer,
and clothing, had become quite popular. Then along came "Crocodile
Dundee," fitting in perfectly with America's love affair
The film's best scenes take place in New York. Hunky Australian
Hogan makes a fun fish out of water, and the film gets great
mileage out of the foreigner's responses to New York life, and
its response to him.