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3rd August 1978
1h 34m
Joe Dante
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Piranha is a Comedy Horror film released on 3rd August 1978; Joe Dante directed the film which stars Heather Menzies, Bradford Dillman, and Kevin McCarthy. A sequel, Piranha II: The Spawning, was released in 1981. A sequel, Piranha II: The Spawning, was released in 1981. It was later remade/rebooted as Piranha 3D in 2010. The film was a box office success, earning a profit of $15,340,000 on its budget.


When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

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Cast (35)

Heather Menzies in Piranha (1978)
Heather Menzies
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 28
Bradford Dillman in Piranha (1978)
Bradford Dillman Paul Grogan
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 47
Kevin McCarthy in Piranha (1978)
Kevin McCarthy
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 63
Dick Miller in Piranha (1978)
Dick Miller
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 49
Paul Bartel in Piranha (1978)
Paul Bartel Mr. Dumont
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 39
Keenan Wynn in Piranha (1978)
Keenan Wynn
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 61
Barbara Steele in Piranha (1978)
Barbara Steele
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 40
Belinda Balaski's profile
Belinda Balaski
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 30
Richard Deacon in Piranha (1978)
Richard Deacon
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 56
Bill Smillie's profile
Bill Smillie
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 55
John Sayles's profile
John Sayles
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 27
Joe Dante's profile
Joe Dante
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 31
Guich Koock's profile
Guich Koock
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 33
Eric Braeden's profile
Eric Braeden
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 36
Melody Thomas Scott's profile
Melody Thomas Scott Laura Dickinson
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 21
Bruce Paul Barbour
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 28
Barry Brown's profile
Barry Brown
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 26
Phil Tippett's profile
Phil Tippett
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 26
Amy Holden Jones's profile
Amy Holden Jones
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 22
Andrew G. La Marca
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 23
Diamond Farnsworth
Age WhileAt Filming ≈ 28


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Piranha Stats

Cast Age

Estimated Ages At Time of Filming

26% 20-29
14% 30-39
9% 40-49
6% 50-59
6% 60-69
40% Unknown

Cast Genders

Who Is Most Represented

29% Female
71% Male

Good/Bad Characters

More Heroes of Villains?

100% Neutral/Unknown

Character Types

What Characters Feature

100% Unknown

Piranha FAQ

When was Piranha released?

Piranha was released 45 years ago, on Thursday August 3rd, 1978.

Who plays the lead role(s) in Piranha?

The lead role is played by Heather Menzies.

How much did Piranha cost to make?

The budget was $660,000.

How much money did Piranha make?

The worldwide revenue was $16,000,000.

Is Piranha on Netflix?

No, Piranha is not currently available on Netflix in the United States

Is Piranha on Amazon Prime?

No, Piranha is not currently available on Amazon Prime in the United States

Is Piranha on Disney Plus?

No, Piranha is not currently available on Disney+ in the United States