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'Gator Bait (1974)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  3 June 1974 (USA)
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Desiree lives deep in the swamp and supports herself and her siblings by poaching. Ben and deputy Billy hope to get a little sexual comfort from the "Cajun swamp rat" when they catch ... See full summary »

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Claudia Jennings ...
Desiree Thibodeau
Sam Gilman ...
T.J. Bracken
Douglas Dirkson ...
Leroy Bracken (as Doug Dirkson)
Clyde Ventura ...
Deputy - Billy Boy
Bill Thurman ...
Sheriff Joe Bob Thomas
Don Baldwin ...
Pete Bracken
Ben Sebastian ...
Ben Bracken
Janit Baldwin ...
Julie
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Desiree lives deep in the swamp and supports herself and her siblings by poaching. Ben and deputy Billy hope to get a little sexual comfort from the "Cajun swamp rat" when they catch Desiree trapping 'gators, and give chase. Desiree outsmarts them but Billy accidentally shoots Ben and tells his sheriff dad that Desiree did it. Ben's dad and sons join them in the search party and quickly get out of control. Soon the hunters become the hunted as Desiree exacts her revenge for their violence against her family. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Untamed and deadly, she ruled the swamp with a BLAZING GUN and a LUSCIOUS SMILE. See more »

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The cast and crew stayed at an out of business motel during the making of this film. See more »

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T.J. Bracken: Where is he?
Deputy - Billy Boy: He's in the swamps, Mr. Bracken. I tried - I tried to find 'im. I looked all over for 'im. Hell, I couldn't find 'im...
T.J. Bracken: We gonna look again. We gonna look again. And again, and again. Ain't gonna leave my boy for no gators.
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My mom knew some people named Thibodeau
15 May 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

My 10/10 rating presupposes that you're geared up for typical 1970s exploitation, because that's just what "'Gator Bait" is. When a witless sheriff and his friend see backwoods Cajun babe Desiree Thibodeau (former Playmate-of-the-year Claudia Jennings) trapping alligators, they try to catch her, but the sheriff accidentally shoots his friend. So, he tells his father that Desiree did it, and the father tells the guy's family, and so we have a whole team of rednecks chasing this half-dressed gal through the Louisiana boondocks. It raises the stakes when they mess with her family.

Yes, the whole thing is totally predictable. But you gotta love how Desiree outwits these thugs at every turn. Actually, she doesn't really have to outwit them; as we have learned from such movies, hicks are always the world's stupidest people (why do they always dress so heavy in Louisiana?).

Overall, it looks like the sort of movie that a bunch of friends got together and filmed for fun. It sure comes out fun. As long as you accept any ridiculous movie as entertainment, you're sure to love it. Too bad that we lost Claudia Jennings so soon (she was killed in 1979 when she fell asleep at the wheel of a car).

And yes, my mom - who grew up in Galena Park, Texas - knew some people named Thibodeau (although it may have been spelled Thibodeaux).


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