Piranha (1978)

Piranha
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 34mins.
Genres Thriller, Horror
Keywords creature, disaster
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Paul Bartel Actor Dumont 1 1000001
Shannon Collins Actor Suzie Grogan 1 1000002
Shawn Nelson Actor Whitney 1 1000003
Richard Deacon Actor Earl Lyon 1 1000004
Janie Squire Actor Barbara 1 1000005
Roger Richman Actor David 1 1000006
Bill Smillie Actor Jailer 1 1000007
Guich Koock Actor Television Pitchman 1 1000008
Jack Pauleson Actor Canoe Boy 1 1000009
Eric Henshaw Actor Canoe Father 1 1000010
Robert Vinson Actor Soldier 1 1000011
Virginia Dunnam Actor Girl 1 1000012
Hill Farnsworth Actor Water Skier 1 1000013
Bruce Barbour Actor Boat Man 1 1000014
Robyn Ray Actor Screaming Woman 1 1000015
Mike Sullivan Actor Dam Guard 1 1000016
Jack Cardwell Actor Brandy 1 1000017
Belinda Balaski Actor Betsy 1 1000018
Melody Thomas Scott Actor Laura 1 1000019
Bruce Gordon Actor Colonel Waxman 1 1000020
Barry Brown Actor Trooper 1 1000021
Bradford Dillman Actor Paul Grogan 1 1000022
Heather Menzies Actor Maggie McKeown 1 1000023
Kevin McCarthy Actor Dr Robert Hoak 1 1000024
Keenan Wynn Actor Jack 1 1000025
Dick Miller Actor Buck Gardner 1 1000026
Barbara Steele Actor Dr Mengers 1 1000027
Joe Dante Director n/a 2 2000001
Dick Lowry Director 2nd unit director 2 2000002
Jon Davison Producer n/a 3 3000001
Chako Van Leeuwen Producer n/a 3 3000002
Roger Corman Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Jeff Schechtman Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
John Sayles Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
John Sayles From Story n/a 120870 4000002
Richard Robinson From Story n/a 120870 4000003
Tom Jacobson Production Manager n/a 305 5000001
Thomas Hammel Production Manager production manager 2nd unit 305 5000002
Charles Eglee Assistant Director n/a 163 5000003
Greg Gears Assistant Director n/a 163 5000004
Harry Wowchuk Location Manager n/a 193 5000005
David Kayler Production Coordinator (Los Angeles) 162 5000006
James Anderson Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Michael Henry Camera Operator camera operator 2nd unit 239 6000002
Mark Goldblatt Editor n/a 172 7000001
Joe Dante Editor n/a 172 7000002
Pino Donaggio Music n/a 120781 8000001
Natale Massara Music music director 120781 8000002
Jeff Ayers Set Decorator n/a 165 9000001
Bill Mellin Art Director art direction 183 9000002
Kerry Mellin Art Director art direction 183 9000003
John Smead Technical Advisor scuba instructor 537 12000001
Rob Bottin Makeup n/a 353 13000001
Vincent Prentice Makeup n/a 353 13000002
Joel Goldsmith Sound sound recording 120816 14000001
Kendrick Sweet Sound Editor n/a 229 14000002
Richard Anderson Sound Effects n/a 120868 14000003
David Yewdall Sound Effects n/a 120868 14000004
Teresa Eckton Sound Effects n/a 120868 14000005
Conrad Palmisano Stunt Coordinator n/a 120804 19000001
Roger Creed Stunts n/a 240 19000002
Nick Palmisano Stunts n/a 240 19000003
Bobby Sargent Stunts n/a 240 19000004
William Decker Wrangler dog wrangler 121018 20000001
Costa Mantis Visual Effects background design 419 23000001
Jon Berg Special Effects n/a 168 23000002
Phil Tippett Special Effects creature design 168 23000003
Peter Kuran Special Effects special photographic effects 168 23000004
Bill Hedge Special Effects special photographic effects 168 23000005
Rick Taylor Special Effects special photographic effects 168 23000006
Pat O'Neill Titles and Opticals special opticals 121075 23000007
Doug Barnett Mechanical Special Effects mechanical effects 121086 23000008
David Morton Mechanical Special Effects mechanical effects 121086 23000009
Phil Tippett Animator n/a 483 23000010
Adam Beckett Animator n/a 483 23000011
Jeff Hoffman Production Assistant n/a 275 25000001
Ed Tarburton Production Assistant n/a 275 25000002
Jim Boni Production Assistant n/a 275 25000003
Michael Martin Production Assistant n/a 275 25000004
Robert Brown Production Assistant n/a 275 25000005
Synopsis
When insurance investigator Maggie McKeown is sent to find two missing teenagers who were hiking near Lost River Lake, she hires a local man named Paul Grogan to be her guide in the area. The two come across an abandoned military facility whose only resident if Dr. Robert Hoak, who was formerly in charge of a secret project to breed piranha to be used in the Vietnam War. Although the project has been defunct for years, Hoak continued to raise the killer fish. When the doctor is knocked out, Maggie and Paul accidentally release the fish into a river that feeds into a lake which is used as a children's summer camp and a new tourist resort. Maggie and Paul try to warn the local citizens, and are met with skepticism until the piranha begin to attack.