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Alligator [Import]

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  • Actors: Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo, Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick
  • Directors: Lewis Teague
  • Writers: Frank Ray Perilli, John Sayles
  • Producers: Brandon Chase, Mark L. Rosen, Robert S. Bremson, Tom Jacobson
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: Sept. 18 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Not a bad "creature" flick considering its over 30 years old and before CGI!
Actors are a little "dated" but its fun to see old cars...and dig those hairstyles!!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa03e1a14) out of 5 stars 68 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa03eb270) out of 5 stars A very good, little known film Oct. 28 2002
By JLind555 - Published on Amazon.com
"Alligator" is a very good little B movie that deserves a much wider audience than it has to date. I don't even remember it being commercially released; I've caught it several times on late night TV. But it's a tight, fast-paced, unpretentious film, generally well acted and with a few nifty surprises. At the start of the movie, a little girl buys a baby alligator from an old Seminole Indian in Florida. Dad isn't thrilled to have a baby gator in the house, and in a fit of pique one afternoon he flushes it down the toilet. Down goes the gator into the town's sewer system, which coincidentally is chock full of dead pets, mostly kidnapped cats and dogs, which a villainous vet has been injecting growth hormones into before dumping them into the sewer. Fast-forward 12 years later; the baby gator, still in the sewer after chowing down on animal cadavers bloated with growth hormones for the past dozen years, has grown into a behemoth with a ravenous appetite and an indiscriminate taste for anything it can chomp on, including humans. Yuck... body parts start turning up in the city's sewage system, including a couple of sewer workers, a newspaper reporter, and a policeman who went down into the sewer to investigate the shenanigans. His erstwhile partner, nicely played by Robert Forster, and a young biologist (who else but the little girl now grown up?) team up to try to find out what's going on. But the alligator is getting kind of bored stuck in the sewer, and one hot night it blasts itself through a concrete sidewalk in the middle of a stickball game, and the chase is on as the gator turns up in dark alleys, a swimming pool, and the town lake, before indecorously crashing the villainous vet's wedding reception and chomping on the guests. The movie jolts along to a suitably explosive ending and it's great fun from beginning to end. "Alligator" spawned an absolutely dreadful sequel which has nothing to do with the original; the people who made the first "Alligator" knew better than to mess with a good thing. It's a very good, modest, low-budget film that proves again that sometimes small is best after all.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa03eb6f0) out of 5 stars "A VERY LARGE ALLIGATOR, WITH A VERY LARGE BITE"...... Oct. 1 2007
By Patrick Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I remember in Brooklyn N.Y., hearing the commercial for Alligator on am radio in early 1980, and always wanted to see it, but I never got around to it, I finally saw it on tv in the mid 1980s. I must say I wasn't dissapointed in the mid 1980s and I'm not dissapointed with this 2007 dvd rerelease. Great pristine film transfer. Nice dolby 5.1 sound, make Alligator sound in a whole different way on a theatre system. Alligator came out in 1980, during this time the Age Of Gore 1978-1983 was in full swing, so Alligator was one of the gore gems to come out during this Age Of Gore. Alligator was based on urban legend about alligators in the sewar. The year is 1968, and a pet alligator named Ramone gets flushed down the toilet by an angry father. Twelve years later in 1980, this gator has grown to a prehistoric sized 36 foot. Thanks to the gators diet of discarded lab steroid tested animal experiments, it has grown to this enormous size. Alligator writers John Saylesand Frank Perilli and director Lewis Teague makes the viewer aware of the sociol status and economics in society. ex: As you watch this gator wreck havoc through the movie, Ramone( the Gator) starts its havoc in the impoverished neighborhoods and finally action is taken when the gator becomes a problem for the upper class. Robert Forster plays a believable detective David Madison, say what you want about this movie, but Forsters part was played incredibly well. Forsters charachter Detective David Madison was likable, calm collective guy, or a guy who would steal every cent you have. Robert Forster made you believe he was this charachter. Robin Ryker plays a a belivable herpetologists Dr. Marissa Kendall and an attractive love interest for detective Dave Madison. Apearences by Actors Henry Silva and old time western screen legend Dean Jagger added some interesting charachters to Alligator. One charachter that really brought life to this move was Herpetologists Dr. Marissa Kendalls mother Madeline, actress Patti Jerome. Madeline was a fun interesting charachter that may have annoyed you but your interest was kept, watching actress Patti Jeromes great performance. Great production on the soundtrack by composer Craig Hundly. I thought the soundtrack was great for this kind of movie. A facinating interview with Director Lewis Teague opened new light on this B- film, which I'm happy Lionsgate finally released this cult classic. Alligator is good trashy B-film fun, that I enjoy every time I watch. And you will to. If you like movies like Humanoids From the Deep, or Piranha you will enjoy Alligator.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa03eb774) out of 5 stars Flick Has Some Bite To It Oct. 13 2007
By David E. Baldwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This flick is a potpourri of great trivia. Star Robert Forster made his mark in "Medium Cool" only to slip into B-movie abyss before being resurrected(and Oscar nominated) by Quentin Tarantino in "Jackie Brown". Co-star Robin Riker would later play Chris Elliott's nemesis in the cult sitcom "Get A Life". The film's perfunctory heavy, Dean Jagger, won an Oscar for "Twelve O'Clock High". Oscar nominee for "Godfather II", Michael V. Gazzo is also on hand here. Sidney Lassick who plays the diabolical pet store owner was in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". John Ford regular Mike Mazurki has a bit as a security guard. Sue Lyon, the original Lolita, has a bit as a TV reporter. As for John Sayles' script it's intelligent but it's not as witty as it want's to be. There are too many obvious gags like a decapitated sewer worker named Ed Norton or a hospital intercom paging a Dr. Howard. What I felt distinguished the film was Lewis Teague's direction. Teague really knows how to ratchet the scares and suspense. The alligator looked realistically menacing and that compensates for a lot of the flat tongue-in-cheek qualities of the film. On a final note, when are they going to release Teague's shot-in-Philly vigilante flick "Fighting Back" with Tom Skerritt and Michael Sarrazin on DVD?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa03eb75c) out of 5 stars Forget LAKE PLACID! Aug. 15 2004
By Crazy Jim - Published on Amazon.com
Following his success with Piranha, screenwriter John Sayles added another tounge-in-cheek B-movie to his resume with Lewis Teauge's highly-underrated giant monster flick, "Alligator". This one has a baby alligator that was flushed down the toilet by its owners and ends up devouring discarded test animals. As a result, it grows to be inhumanly big and ends up feeding on anything and anyone that gets in its way. Robert Forester's overworked homicide cop is the hero of the story as he tries to convince the skeptical press and his superiors that the dismembered body parts floating around in the sewer aren't the work of any ordinary killer. Another childhood favorite of mine, "Alligator" is an old-fashioned fun creature feature from a forgotten time when CGI was still a work in progress. It's a real shame they don't make them like this anymore.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa03eb504) out of 5 stars Fun creature feature April 4 2006
By Drosophila - Published on Amazon.com
If you like giant-creature-on-the-loose movies, check this flick out. It's better than the usual Z-grade garbage you often get from this genre, because it has a taut, witty script by esteemed screenwriter John Sayles and snappy, fast-paced direction by Lewis Teague ("Jewel of the Nile"). It's currently available on DVD only as an NTSC Korean release, but a word of warning: I have this DVD and it appears to have been authored incorrectly. The cover says it's 4:3 full frame, but when I played it on my 4:3 TV, the picture looked thin and squished, as though the original source video was actually anamorphic 16:9. I think there was also an Anchor Bay DVD release a few years ago but I have a feeling it's out of print.

NOVEMBER 2007 UPDATE: This movie is now available as a Region 1 NTSC release with some special features.

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