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3 June 1974 (USA) See more »
Unless they get her first... she'll never let them out alive! See more »
Desiree lives deep in the swamp and supports herself and her siblings by poaching. Ben and deputy Billy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Tracy Sebastian ... Big T

Directed by
Beverly Sebastian 
Ferd Sebastian 
Writing credits
Beverly Sebastian (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
Beverly Sebastian .... producer
Ferd Sebastian .... producer
Original Music by
Ferd Sebastian 
Cinematography by
Ferd Sebastian 
Film Editing by
Ron Johnson 
Music Department
William Allen Castleman .... music arranger (as William A. Castleman)
Lee Darin .... singer
William Loose .... music arranger
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88 min
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The role of Desiree was specifically written for Claudia Jennings to play.See more »
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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How many Cajun hillbillies does it take to change a light bulb?, 5 October 2007
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

The answer to that riddle would be at least more than five, as the male lead characters are clearly too retarded to accomplish anything... Ah, 70's exploitation of the trashiest kind; you hate to love it and 'Gator Bait is unquestionably one of the most rancid, gratuitous and shameless examples available on film. The basic concept of this movie shows a lot of potential and ingenuity, yet the makers didn't seem to care the least bit about that and exclusively contemplated about ways to make the movie even more sleazy and exploitative. Obviously inspired by the success of "Deliverance", judging by the outback setting, the character drawings and the massive overload of banjo-music, 'Gator Bait is a simplistic story about murder & retribution starring the luscious former Playmate-of-the-year Claudia Jennings as a poaching wildcat versus a sleazy bunch of Cajun rednecks. When the cowardly son of Sheriff Joe Bob Thomas frames Desiree for a murder he accidentally committed, a quintet of sniveling weirdies goes into the swamp to arrest her. But when the sexually frustrated hicks then also barbarically kill her younger sister, Desiree prepares from some old-fashioned Cajun justice. The directors' duo Beverly and Ferd Sebastian clearly enjoyed filming Claudia Jennings whilst she bend over in her boat during her poaching activities, but they totally neglected the swamp's potential as a moody setting full of death traps and dangerous animal threats. Despite the exhilarating title, I only saw two alligators and, moreover, not even in action! Desiree's killing spree is monotonous, uninspired and even quite boring and – naturally – every move of her opponents is incredibly predictable. They're typical hillbillies, with names like Billy Boy and Leroy, with incestuous tendencies and trigger-happy gunshot fingers. 'Gator Bait is irredeemably bad, but at the same time charming and a must for feminists. Yeeeeeeeeee Haaaw!

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