Alligator

Alligator

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Director: Lewis Teague

Cast: Lewis Teague, Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael Vincente Gazzo

     
 

Lewis Teague directed this sly horror-comedy from a script by John Sayles, which plays off the old urban legend about the dangers of flushing one's pet alligator down the toilet. One such unlucky reptile is "Ramon," who survives in the subterranean cesspool by feeding on the steroid-saturated carcasses of dogs dumped there by chemical company researchers and…  See more details below

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Lewis Teague directed this sly horror-comedy from a script by John Sayles, which plays off the old urban legend about the dangers of flushing one's pet alligator down the toilet. One such unlucky reptile is "Ramon," who survives in the subterranean cesspool by feeding on the steroid-saturated carcasses of dogs dumped there by chemical company researchers and eventually bulks up to the size of a Winnebago. When assorted sewage workers start disappearing into Ramon's massive maw, hard-boiled cop David Madison (Robert Forster), who has a history of unlucky partners, reveals a strong personal interest in the case. Deemed a jinx and a nutcase by his superiors, he's kicked off the force and must go underground (literally) to destroy the beast with the help of young reptile-expert Marion (Robin Riker). The witty screenplay is filled with clever references, eccentric characters and in-jokes aplenty (a style reflective of Joe Dante's Piranha and The Howling, both of which Sayles also scripted), which combines with decent effects and a good amount of suspense (particularly in the sewer scenes) to make this an entertaining romp overall. Highlights include Henry Silva's over-the-top performance as a misplaced big-game hunter who recruits urban "native guides" in his back-alley search for the elusive Ramon.

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Editorial Reviews

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This updated version of the giant-animal monster movies that dominated drive-ins during the 1950s modernizes their formula with style and charm. The slyly satirical script by future indie auteur John Sayles delivers plenty of suspense while working in some nifty in-jokes (example: a sewer worker victim of the title creature is named Ed Norton) and some surprising anti-corporate and animal rights messages. Despite the plentiful humor, Alligator still manages to pack a punch because director Lewis Teague takes the shock scenes seriously and crafts them with impressive skill. The most memorable moment is an intense, well-edited scene where the alligator wreaks havoc on an outdoor wedding party. Alligator also benefits from solid acting. Robert Forster anchors the film with his low-key, believable portrayal of an average-joe cop who has to deal with the title monster, and Robin Riker is quite likable as the eccentric scientist who becomes Forster's unlikely partner. There are also scene-stealing supporting performances from Henry Silva as an arrogant big game hunter and Dean Jagger as the shifty industrialist whose illegal waste disposal techniques spawned the alligator. The only truly misjudged element of Alligator is its patchy musical score, which awkwardly mixes synthesizer sounds with orchestral music library cuts. Otherwise, Alligator is a fun monster movie guaranteed to please cult movie fans who likes their exploitation films fast and witty.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
UPC:
0012236182061
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Newly recorded interview with writer John Sayles; Audio commentary with director Lewis Teague and actor Robert Foster; Remastered picture and audio; 16x9 widescreen; 5.1 Dolby Digital audio; Dolby monaural audio; English and Spanish subtitles; English closed captions

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Forster David Madison
Robin Riker Marisa Kendall
Michael Vincente Gazzo Police Chief Clark
Dean Jagger Slade, the Tycoon
Perry Lang Kelly
Henry Silva Col. Brock
Jack Carter Mayor
Bart Braverman Kemp, the reporter
Pat Petersen Actor
John Sayles Actor
Lewis Teague Actor
Sidney Lassick Gutchel
James Ingersoll Helms
John Lisbon Wood Mad Bomber
Robert Doyle Bill
Patti Jerome Madeline
Buckley Norris Bob
Royce D. Applegate Callan
Tom Kindle Announcer
Angel Tompkins Reporter
Sue Lyon ABC Reporter
Simmy Bow Seedy
Jim Boeke Shamsky
Stan Haze Meyer
James Arone Sloan
Peter Miller Sgt. Rice
Ed Brodow Ross
Larry Marko Stanley
John F. Goff Ashe
Richard Partlow Policeman 2
Dick Richards Gator Vendor 2
JoJo D'Amore Gator Vendor 4
Bella Bruck Dot
Kendall Carly Browne Ann
Corky Ford Chi Chi
Anita Keith Old Lady
Mike Mazurki Gatekeeper
Margaret Muse Society Matron

Technical Credits
Lewis Teague Director
Larry Bock Editor
Robert S. Bremson Executive Producer
Brandon Chase Producer
Michael Erlere Production Designer
Richard Helmer Special Effects
Craig Hundley Score Composer
Tom Jacobson Associate Producer,Production Manager
Joseph Mangine Cinematographer
Maurice Marks Production Manager
Frank Ray Perilli Original Story
John Sayles Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Alligator
1. Pet Alligator [4:08]
2. Dead Dogs [7:51]
3. Another Body Part [7:59]
4. Into the Sewer [9:31]
5. Herpetologist [7:54]
6. The Swat Team [6:17]
7. Gator in the Streets [9:17]
8. Off the Force [6:00]
9. Back at the Apartment [9:03]
10. Nightmare [6:03]
11. Wedding Attack [11:21]
12. Credits [1:28]

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Alligator 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good Solid Entertainment is abound here. An alligator has been mutated and is terrorizing Chicago. There's some violent moments and there are some scares, but it's balanced by a lot of fun which makes the film worth viewing. Henry Silva and Dean Jagger provide entertainment as a great white hunter and a malvolent millionare.
Wade1000 More than 1 year ago
This is the ultimate urban legend come true! It is also nature's vengeance upon mankind for raping the environment. I saw Alligator when it debuted & cheered for the creature like I rooted for the shark in Jaws. The acting in this film isn't as great as Jaws but better than other nature gone amok films like Grizzly or Day of the Animals. An actual alligator & artificial one make the principle antagonist quite believable. I highly reccomend this flick to all herpetologists & environmentalists. Alligator makes you think what other urban myths are out to get us.