New York Times - 09/26/1986
"...CROCODILE DUNDEE deals with the stuff myths are made of -- Australian myths....Hogan is a delightful Crocodile..."
Variety - 04/23/1986
"...Lingeringly and lovingly photographed..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/25/1986
"...Charm and personality are most of what CROCODILE DUNDEE has to offer, and they're peddled with panache..."
Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a reporter for Newsday, travels Down Under to write a feature on Australia and its people. She gets a tip to visit a free-spirited bush ranger who was attacked by a crocodile, which he then killed with his bare hands. So Sue heads into the red sands and squalid swamps of Northern Territory outback to a tiny fly-blown burg called Walkabout Creek, where she is greeted by Wally (John Meillon) of Never-Never Safaris. Wally takes her to the pub to meet the infamous Michael J. "Crocodile" "Mick" Dundee (Paul Hogan), who charms her with his swagger and grit. He offers to lead her though the bush, as she's "just a Sheila," to where he was attacked. This comment raises her city-girl feminist hackles and she strikes out alone. But when Mick saves her from the grasp of a toothy reptile, she ducks under his wing and into his heart, and invites him to return with her to New York City. Here in the sophisticated urban jungles of Manhattan, the bushman has finally met his match, as he endures New York streets of the 1980s, filled with drug dealers, muggers, transvestites, and prostitutes. Sue finally gets more than just a story as the "wonder from down under" rocks the Big Apple to its core.
Hogan was an Australian TV star for over 10 years before he got his film premiere (he had a number of American commercial spots). He wrote this piece with his long-time television collaborator and fellow movie-novice Ken Shadie.
Film debut for director Peter Faiman, who previously also worked in Australian television.
The film grossed $175 million at the domestic box office and more than $325 million worldwide.
Co-star Linda Kozlowski, who had appeared with Dustin Hoffman in "Death of a Salesman," later married Hogan.