Crocodile Dundee is a 1986 action comedy film set between New York City and the Australian Outback. It stars Paul Hogan as the grizzled Mick Dundee and Linda Kozlowski as reporter Sue Charlton from the United States.  The film was created on a shoestring budget of around $10 million as a conscious attempt to make a commercial Australian picture that would appeal to a mainstream American audience, but it became a worldwide hit. It was inspired by the true-life exploits of Rod Ansell.
“Crocodile Dundee” made moreover $300 million at the box office on a budget of little over $7 million. Two years later, “Crocodile Dundee II” followed in the footsteps of its predecessor, grossing over $240 million.
It was Australia’s highest-grossing film of all time, the top-grossing Australian movie globally, the second-highest-grossing film in the United States in 1986, and the highest-grossing non-US film in the United States, That year’s second-highest earning picture globally. It was released in Australia on April 30, 1986, and in the United States on September 26, 1986. There are two versions of the film: an Australian version and an international version.
On September 26, 1986, “Crocodile Dundee” was released in theatres in the United States, and Paul Hogan became the face of Australia.
The film, about an Australian bushman who takes a New York journalist on a tour of the outback before returning to the city for the first time, gave viewers all over the globe a tale and a man who would come to define the continent.
The classic sequences of the “outback” in “Crocodile Dundee” were shot in Kakadu National Park, a former uranium mine outside of Darwin in the Northern Territory.
Today, visitors may go to those historic, magnificent landscapes through highways, but this was not the case in 1986. It took a lot of effort to bring a professional film team to the region. Craig Bolles was the individual who decided on Kakadu as the setting for “Crocodile Dundee.”
The film’s location was vital, and Bolles, who did all of the location scouting in Australia, thought that the national park location was ideal for the film because it depicts a side of Australia that has never been seen by outsiders, and thus will be the ideal location for Crocodile Dundee filming.
In the 1980s, Kakadu was quite different from what it is now. Only the main road was paved, and there were no hotel amenities at all. In reality, it didn’t appear like the team would have someplace to stay until Bolles—who had spent weeks making it physically viable for personnel and equipment to access areas like Jim Jim Falls and Gunlom Waterfall Creek—stumbled upon abandoned government housing for miners.
About the film ‘Crocodile Dundee’
“Crocodile Dundee” is a crocodile hunter who lives in Australia’s outback. With his loyal friend and mentor Walter Reilly, he operates a safari company there. Sue Charlton, a New York journalist, visits one day to question Mick about his life. Mick claims he’s never been to a metropolis, so she invites him to the Big Apple after he saves her from a crocodile. While Mick’s life in New York City is extremely different from his birthplace, falling in love is pretty much universal… He and Sue are living proof of this.
While in New York, Paul Hogan, the principal actor and one of the narrative writers, had the concept for the picture. He imagined what it would be like if a bushman from the Northern Territory arrived in town. Paul Hogan put it this way:
The film’s budget was increased thanks to Morgan Sharebrokers’ 10BA tax breaks. John Cornell, Peter Faiman, and Ken Shadie were among Paul Hogan’s regular TV collaborators. Actors’ Equity Australia protested at first but finally succumbed. Linda Kozlowski was recruited to portray the American reporter.
The initial shots were shot in the small Queensland town of McKinlay, where the hotel’s original warped and polished wooden flooring was a total of six weeks were spent filming in New York. The last day of filming was October 11th, 1985. When the movie was completed, Hogan predicted that it would gross millions of dollars throughout the world.