The Relic (1997)

 


 

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A researcher at Chicago\’s Natural History Museum returns from South America with some crates containing his findings. When the crates arrive at the museum without the owner there appears to be very little inside. However, police discover gruesome murders on the cargo ship that brought the crates to the US and then another murder in the museum itself. Investigating the murders is Lt. Vincent D\’Agosta who enlists the help of Dr. Margo Green at the museum – she has taken an interest in the contents of her colleague\’s crates. Unknown to both there is a large creature roaming the museum which is gearing itself up for a benefit reception which the city\’s mayor is to attend.

Written by
Rob Hartill

Genre: Horror,Thriller

The Relic (1997)
   
Release Date: 10 January 1997 (USA)
Country: USA , UK , Germany , Japan , New Zealand
Director: Peter Hyams
Cast:
  • Penelope Ann Miller
  • Tom Sizemore
  • Linda Hunt
  • James Whitmore
  • Clayton Rohner
  • Chi Muoi Lo
  • Thomas Ryan
  • Robert Lesser
  • Diane Robin
  • Lewis Van Bergen
  • Constance Towers
  • Francis X. McCarthy
  • Audra Lindley
  • John Kapelos
  • Tico Wells


33 Responses to The Relic (1997)

  1. Bladerunner•
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    What is your opinion as to why the tribe made Whitney the Kothoga?

    …nothing is left of me, each time I see her…" – Catullus

  2. TKgamer5000
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    Yea, I watched this film. And maybe it was the intention to heighten the fear of suspense of never seeing the monster. But dear god we couldn’t even see regular conversational scenes. The lighting in this film was virtually non-existent and I could not tell what the hell was going on.

  3. bigang22274
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    other than no pendegrast what are the diffrences between the book and movie?

  4. sandraccoon
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    Please correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t their some sceen in one of the books where Pendergast eats cake? I can’t seem to find it. I thought it was in relic but I’m not sure.

    Thanks!

    Lizabeth

    [i]"What we lack in brains, we make up for with good intentions."[i]

  5. cstapleton
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    For those of you that are fans of their work, you’ll be happy to know that it looks like a film version of "Riptide" is in the works. At the February 1 book signing of Lincoln Child’s "Deep Storm" Mr. Child intimated that, and I quote one of the members of the Preston / Child EZBoard:


    It’s looking like RIPTIDE is finally out of development hell and headed for the big screen. The guys know this because they’ve been lately getting the kind of big checks from the studio that signal a movie is about to actually be made.

    Let’s keep our fingers crossed that they do it up right this time.


    "Klaatu Barada AAArrrggh – to" – Ash

  6. hdancergirl
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    It would be great to see a Lincoln-Child novel actually featuring their main character come to the big screen. However, playing such a complex role would require an actor of considerable skill. Who do you think would be appropriate?

  7. ihateyoudiepart2
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    First off, I will say that I am like many others vexed that our fave FBI agent didn’t make it into this film…but consider how difficult it would have been for a studio to put such a character into a mainstream film aimed at the general idiotic public, based on a best selling novel…let’s face it Pendergast is an odd duck. Granted in the years since this film’s release we have had the joy of seeing some rather strange characters in some big films…in the late 90’s however, ehh not so much.

    Now on to my point. #1

    I am a huge fan of the P/C novels, i have been for years, and i like many would love to see the entire series make it to the screen. Lately i have been checking the message board here to see what people think as to the idea of casting and I must say that i am stunned.

    All anyone seems to come up with is Malcovich or Crispin Glover…

    In order to have a successful franchise you need to get butts in the seats AND it doesn’t hurt to have talent as well. So I wonder what you all will think of my casting of Pendergast…

    Johnny Depp…anyone want to kill me yet? my reasons are simple.

    1 talent…anyone who thinks he cant act is shackled to some misguided indie-film ideal that should be gotten over by at least your mid-twenties. look at his hunter, captain jack, dean corso, and libertine for evidence of talent(among other movies, of course)

    2 his name is big…people would show up just for him. plus, if he would take the role, there is more likely a chance that the films would attract actual good and talented directors and writers!!!!

    3 anyone who is good at photoshop…find a pic of him in a suit bleach him to an albino state, make his eyes grey-blue, and give him platinum blond/almost white hair and tell me he doesn’t look the part.

    4…if not JD ROBERT DOWNEY JR. same level of talent, another big name, and look at him with the ridiculous blue eyes and blond hair in TROPIC THUNDER…Eh?

    anyway…that’s it for now. i would have tried to make a more elaborate case…but i am drunk and very sleepy.

    PS Which book do y’all think would be a good starting point if they were to make it to film the right way? I think Still Life… easy stand alone story lot of action and a good setting.

    peace out

  8. Necrotard
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    Now the terrible CGI will look even worse.

    …This was a fun-enough monster movie, but I think the CG would be better viewed on an old, worn-out VHS…

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    Remember that time I ate your family?

  9. deedlebug32
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    I really liked this film..I thought it was really good..Very entertaining and interesting story. Why the low rating??? Sometimes i just don’t get IMDB. The monster effects were brilliant and alot of scenes were really intense! Really good movie!

  10. robotrix
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    I know this isn’t very PC to mention this but…

    I’ve always wondered about the escape through the water filled tunnel by the party-goers….

    That group included Linda Hunt’s character. The water was up to the armpits of the men.

    Linda Hunt is about that size or shorter (depending on the man).

    Did they find her a snorkel? You don’t see her swimming the whole way or anyone giving her a piggyback ride. Yet there she is coming out with the other survivors.

    Love her. Think she’s a wonderful actress. But didn’t it occur to anyone in the casting? ("Well, later in the movie it’s going to be hard to explain that…")

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    Last night, I was lying back looking at the stars and I thought…where the *beep* is my ceiling???

  11. CromTO
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    I ever quite knew but ALWAYS wanted to know, what the hell were the ingredients Margo puts together at the end? You know, the powder and liquid that she places into the jars in order to blow the creature up?

  12. A-Town8814
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    When you see other people get killed in the tunnel, they get sucked under.

    When Tom Sizemore and the other lead lady are in the tunnel, the monster instead pops up behind him and Tom Sizemore shoots at it. Why didn’t it kill him?

  13. themoviebuff2003
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    The creature in this was a dead ringer for the creature in the 2nd CONAN movie, which was also designed by Winston. And there are others it resembles as well.

  14. singingsam-1
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    Did you like DP and LC’s reference to the film in Cemetery Dance? I did.

  15. Anonymous
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  16. persephone_2000
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    I keep seeing good reviews and some of them by people who read the book. It’s mind-boggling.

    Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are brilliant writers who created an excellent story featuring some of the quirkiest characters ever. And how does Hollywood treat them? By raping and maiming the entire book. Here’s why the movie blew chunks..

    1. No Pendargast..nuff said on that.

    2. Unnecessary changing of the characters. Greg was Japanese in the book not Chinese like in the movie. Cuthbert was an arrogant, ugly, middle-aged man who was a curator,not a short,woman who was museum director. Margo was ONLY a Grad student in Botany/Paleobotany not a PH.D in Biology.

    3. Where the heck was Smithback? He was one of the reasons why Margo, D’Agosta,and Pendargast were able to discover who and what the monster was.

    4. The monster itself looked like some sort of huge bug/warthog not the reptillian ape like described in the book.

    5. The setting was New York City, why change it to Chicago?

    That’s just the tip of the iceberg. This movie should have never been made or else it should have been called something other then The Relic.

    Bah!

    "You can see your face if you have a mirror."—Dr.Phil

  17. Anonymous
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  18. havocp
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    im not to sure on how others who have seen this movie feel about it but this is a good movie. Something about a bunch of people trapped in a large building(a museum) in a panic trying to escape a giant beast who wants to rip their head off is great. Acting is not held as a priority in this movie but i thing everyone did their part and was convincing. the creature wasn’t just some murderous rager but he actually had a reason for his attacks, not like many other mindless characters who many have fallen in love with. the scientific aspect dealing with the origins of the creature and its function was intriguing. well made movie, needs more respect.

  19. BoxOfficePoison
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    . . . or did the smart-ass medical examiner steal the show?

  20. Anonymous
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  21. Anonymous
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  22. Shorty53077
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    the thing i laughed:

    when the the people are trying to flee the museum yes i know they are all scared and trying to save themselves but u have guys running into glass fixtures, into stands i mean a bit over the top so i was amused

    2 things im lost on:

    1. when the military guys arrive via helecopter and it bites the one in half why would it do that? it just wants the hypothalamus not the rest of the bod

    2. does anyone think the monster remembered the ppl it attacked? since he is basically still part human do u guys think he knew the ppl he was killing? fun revenge idea, the im a dumb scary killing monster i don’t know who im killing excuse lol

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  23. rameez3000
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    i ve watched this movie a million times, but i dun seem to understand the movie.. plz explain how the creature is created?

  24. iceman_2589
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    here’s a link to the original script:

    http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/the-relic_early.html

    As you can see, this original script was much more closer to the novel, than the actual film. Although, the only improvement the movie has over the original script here, is the creature’s insectoid/reptilian appearance, over the ape-like appearance in the script. Plus, the script also has Special Agent Pendergast as the main guy.


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  25. wphillips316
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    Preston & Child have quickly moved up my list of favorite authors. I read Brimstone earlier this year and embraced the special agent pendergrast character. I have since read Relic, still life with crows, riptide, and cabinet of curiosities. I picked up reliceary (spelling) tonight. These guys spin a crichton-like tale with characters you care about. It can also scare the bejesus out of you. This movie captures none of suspense of the book

  26. Cosmic-Monkey
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    I think the scene with the alsation hunched and looking scared whilst sitting still in the dark tunnel as we see a shadow of the monster creep past was a brilliant scene.

    I also think there may be a tribute to ‘Alien’ as I compare this to when the cat hisses when Brett falls prey of the alien. Even more so when D’Agosta finds the alsation he actually walks past chains dripping with water just like there are chains dripping with water in the afore mentioned ‘Alien’ scene.

    I also thought some parts of the score sounded similair to the Alien score.

    Did anyone else notice this? I have looked in the trivia section to see if the Director deliberately did this but couldn’t find anything.

    Even if no one agrees with the Alien connection, you have to agree that it was a great scene with the dog!

  27. motherroseisabitch
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    I think D Agosta was very dedicated and concerned for everybody’s safety. At one point (or several) thinking more about destroying the creature than his own life. Everybody in that museum would probably have died if GW Bush was in charge. If that were to have happened, the creature would be tearing everyone in the gala apart one by one, and GW would be tucked away somewhere in the building, with the utmost on his mind being finishing reading "The Pet Goat" while heads are being torn off.

  28. deanthebean91
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    I’ve been wanting to watch this movie for so long and i finally found it for 3 bucks at moviestop. so i waited until night to pop it in and watched it by myself in my room, in the dark, which made it all the more scary.

    But this movie actually made me jump and grip my chair in numerous scenes.

    The Bathroom scene. HOLY *beep* man.

    Penelope ann miller going in the exhibit by herself to check it out and the creature is in there with her and she franticly run out. I’d die of a heart attack right there.

    The 2 security guard scene when the power goes off and its red lights everywhere.

    When sizemore goes in the sewer water and it shows the monsters head half above the water. The way it looked was scary as *beep*!

    When the guy in the wheelchair was staring face to face with the creature. Like i said if i was in any of these situations i’d die of a heart attack or be to scarred and turn stiff.

    You have to admit this movie is pretty scary for a monster movie, which usually aren’t scary, and of course when i went to bed that night i heard the same wheezy sound that the creature makes when it breaths and i just lost it.

    call me a pussy if you want lol but hey, this is a well done horror movie.

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  29. m-perry-3
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    Is it just coincedence that the search dogs are called Castor and Pollux, the same as the brothers in Face/Off?

  30. Anonymous
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  31. hdancergirl
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    Okay, like many of you out there, I am an avid Pendergast fan. The fact the the movie version of the novel completely omits him from the story makes me more than a little mad. Pendergast plays such an incredibly important role in the novels. How could they expect to simply leave that out of the movie? What a waste…

  32. sandraccoon
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    About how old is Pendergast supposed to be in the books? I’ve always pictured him in my head as late 30’s early 40’s but alot of you seem to see him as much older. Is there anywhere in the books that mention his age and I just read over it?

    Lizabeth

    "Vanilla? Where’s the waitress? I only eat Rocky Road."

    Devil Brimstone

  33. FungiFromYuggoth
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    I’ve finished all of the Agent Pendergast books. And now I am so depressed. I don’t want to read anything else and this really blows because I’ve been meaning to read Egypt Before the Pharoas, Wicked, and Harry Potter 7. But whenever I start any of them, I stop dead. I just don’t feel like reading them.

    So what I am in need of are suggestions of similar Sci-Fi books. If anyone can help I’ll be grateful. Thanks.

    Ever danced with the Devil in the pale moonlight?

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