September 26, 2016
“That’s not a knife. This is a knife!” Today’s retrospective is on 1986’s “Crocodile Dundee“.
Released at the height of 1980s American fascination with Australian culture, the movie presents a fun, likeable fish-out-of-water comedy. Starring Paul Hogan who really did say “G’Day” to New Yorkers on his first day in Manhattan, and who co-wrote the movie.
It may not be the funniest or most action-packed movie you’ve ever seen, but it’s pretty fun and has a happy ending. Good stuff. Two bowie knives up.
Despite assurances that “Crocodile” Dundee was an original character, it turns out that the character was based on one certain Rod Ansell. Unfortunately, Mr. Ansell was never able to capitalize on the popularity of “Crocodile” Dundee, and met misfortune later in his life. It’s a shame, because he really did have some bold adventures out in the “bush”.
The character Dundee himself is very likeable and is stereotypically Australian to the extreme. He seems to know his stuff as a country boy.