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The Wisdom of Crocodiles

DVD cover
Directed by Po-Chih Leong
Produced by Carolyn Choa
David Lascelles
Written by Paul Hoffman
Starring Jude Law
Elina Löwensohn
Timothy Spall
Jack Davenport
Colin Salmon
Music by Orlando Gough
John Lunn
Cinematography Oliver Curtis
Editing by Robin Sales
Distributed by Asmik Ace,
Entertainment Film Distributors (UK),
Miramax Films (USA)
Release date(s) November 27, 1998 (UK)
Running time 98 min.
Country UK
Language English
Preceded by Once Upon a Time in Shanghai
Followed by Cabin by the Lake (TV)

The Wisdom of Crocodiles (also released as Immortality) is a 1998 romantic thriller by Po-Chih Leong starring Jude Law.



Steven Grlscz (Jude Law) is a vampire living in London, living only for the seduction of his next victim and committed to no one, surviving off the life-giving properties of his conquests' blood. He then meets intelligent and beautiful Anne Levels (Elina Löwensohn), and he seems to have met his soul mate.

Grlscz is conflicted between his feelings for Anne and his vampiric bloodlust. A police inspector (Timothy Spall), whose life Grlscz once saved, is also investigating Steven's past, and may expose his secret.

The film won the 1999 Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film. Upon the film's US DVD release in 2000, it was renamed Immortality.[1]


Jude Law - Steven Grlscz
Elina Löwensohn - Anne Levels
Timothy Spall - Inspector Healey
Jack Davenport - Sergeant Roche
Colin Salmon - Martin
Hitler Wong - Noodles Chan
Kerry Fox - Maria Vaughan
Stuart Bowman - Car Crash Mechanic
C.J. December - Car Crash Mechanic
Anastasia Hille - Karen
Nicholas Lamont - Toll Bridge Attendant (as Nick Lamont)
Joseph O'Conor - Mr. Nancarrow
Ashley Artus - Gang Leader
Tom Wu - Gang Member
Hon Ping Tang - Gang Member
Antony Cotton - Gang Member
Richard Mylan - Gang Member
Carlton Headley - Gang Member
Neran Persaud - Gang Member
Julia Davies - Girl in Operating Theatre
Rupert Farley - Priest
Diane Howse - Mrs. Healey
Cliff Parisi - Labourer
Vincent Keane - Injured Workman
Carlton Jarvis - Physician (uncredited)


Rotten Tomatoes gave it a total score of 47%[2] and MetaCritic gave it 58/100.[3]

"... this cool, handsome thriller proceeds with an elliptical elegance.", Richard Corliss, (Time magazine) wrote.[4]


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