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Piranha 3D (2010)

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After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.


Alexandre Aja


Pete Goldfinger (as Peter Goldfinger), Josh Stolberg
2,293 ( 448)
2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Matt Boyd
Ving Rhames ... Deputy Fallon
Elisabeth Shue ... Julie Forester
Christopher Lloyd ... Mr. Carl Goodman
Eli Roth ... Wet T-Shirt Host
Jerry O'Connell ... Derrick Jones
Steven R. McQueen ... Jake Forester
Jessica Szohr ... Kelly
Kelly Brook ... Danni
Riley Steele ... Crystal
Adam Scott ... Novak
Ricardo Chavira ... Sam
Dina Meyer ... Paula
Paul Scheer ... Andrew
Brooklynn Proulx ... Laura Forester


After a sudden underwater earthquake, that releases thousands of prehistoric piranha just in time for spring break. As the spring breakers party at Lake Victoria the piranhas attack and local police, friends and family must work together to stop it. Written by Lachlan Reck

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sea, Sex and Blood [French Poster] See more »


Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of strong bloody horror violence and gore, graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

20 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Piranha 3-D See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Havasu, Arizona, USA


Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,106,872, 22 August 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$83,188,165, 14 June 2011
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film has a poster in the style of the Jaws film franchise, with the monster at the bottom of the sea, and the potential victim on the surface high above. See more »


When the paragliding girl is about to be attacked by the Piranhas there is a set of close up shots where you see her in the water up to the waist. To do this in paragliding, you need to boat to be moving. However in the shots you can clearly see that the actress is motionless. See more »


[first lines]
Matt Boyd: Oh boy, that's a fast fish.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits a severed partially skeletal head is shown sinking to the lake floor. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also released in a 2D version. See more »


Referenced in Slash (2013) See more »


Show Me The Way To Go Home
Written by Irving King and Hal Swain
Performed by Mitch Miller & The Gang
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Too much blood and T&A, no suspense or good action.
28 August 2010 | by fisherbee1-1See all my reviews

To start, I must say that some of the acting was good, as I expected it would be. Christopher Lloyd was, as always, fantastic, and Elisabeth Shue, Ving Rhames, and Jerry O'Connell were also good. The kids (Proulx and Ryan) were awesome. The performances by young McQueen and Szohr were far better than the script warranted. These actors, and some others, saved what could have been an abysmal failure. Most of the rest of the acting was mediocre at best.

The visuals could have been far better. Beautiful blue water, clear skies, and so forth, but instead we had to watch a virtual parade of topless coeds. Now, I am sure some young guys won't mind this, but what about the rest of us? I wanted a creature feature, not a soft porn film with some critters tossed in for interest. Some of what occurred had no place in a regular theater at all.

The story and direction started off fairly well, but soon deteriorated. Loved the Dreyfuss scene (and his character's choice in music), and the basic idea of how the fish got into the lake in the first place. However, beyond the basics, that was virtually ignored for the rest of the movie, which was spent on gratuitous nudity, gore, and overuse of the 3-D technology. I had hoped, since the 80's, we would have outgrown that sort of thing. Plus, many of the scenes looked far too familiar to any seasoned viewer of this sort of movie. Time that could have been spent building suspense was wasted on cheap thrills.

Overall, this could have been a LOT better. Sadly, the creators of this movie chose titillation over substance. When the movie relies too much on that, there is a problem. The worst part is that some viewers seem to like this, and even expect it. Such lowered standards mean we all get less quality in the movies. Give me Jaws, or Lake Placid, or the original Piranha, any day over this. As a long-time fan of creature features, I found this one a huge disappointment. First time in awhile I was strongly tempted to demand my money back.

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