That Famous Lamp Post from Crocodile Dundee
This week otsoNY revisited the 80’s classics Crocodile Dundee 1 and 2, adding extra locations and higher quality screen grabs.
Starring Paul Hogan as the weathered Mick Dundee, and the films were inspired by the true life exploits of Rodney Ansell. The first film was made on a budget of under $10 million as a deliberate attempt to make a commercial Australian film that would appeal to a mainstream American audience, but proved to be a worldwide phenomenon. Released on 30 April 1986 in Australia, and on 26 September 1986 in the United States, it was the second-highest-grossing film in the United States in that year and went on to become the second-highest grossing film worldwide at the box office as well.
Six weeks of filming were spent working out of Jaja, an abandoned uranium mining camp in Kakadu National Park, with an additional week in Cloncurry. There was a further six weeks filming in New York City. Times Square, The Plaza Hotel and Vazac's Horseshoe Bar on the lower East Side were among the locations used. The actual lamp post which Mick Dundee climbs up during his first walk through the city is still on Fifth Avenue between the streets 52nd and 53rd.
The sequel was released two years later and actors Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski reprise their roles, this time caught up in a Colombian drug cartel. The film was once again shot on location in New York City, and cost $14 million to make.
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