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Joe Panther (1976)

G  |   |  Drama  |  October 1976 (USA)
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A young Seminole indian boy comes of age outside the Florida Everglades by trying to enter the establishment ( white man's world ). He gets work as crew member on ( brian Keith's ) fishing ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Harper
Turtle George
Billy Tiger
Ray Tracey ...
Joe Panther
Robert Hoffman ...
George Harper
Gem Thorpe Osceola ...
Tommy Panther
Lois Red Elk ...
Joe's Mother
Monika Ramirez ...
Jenny Rainbow
Ilse Earl ...
Woman Tourist
Bette Shoor ...
Tourist, principal
Alexander Panas ...
Mexican Man at houseboat
Thomas Monahan ...
Man #3 (as Tom Monahan)
Bobby Tiger ...
Seminole Man


A young Seminole indian boy comes of age outside the Florida Everglades by trying to enter the establishment ( white man's world ). He gets work as crew member on ( brian Keith's ) fishing boat, hunts for alligators and has cathartic encounters with bad guys trying to bring illegal aliens into Florida on fishing boats. Written by <>

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Every dream has a price...He paid it.




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October 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Monster of Gator Swamp  »

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The Time Has Come
Sung by Dan Seals (as England Dan) & John Ford Coley
Music by Fred Karlin and lyric by Norman Gimbel
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Great acting and touching story
12 April 2011 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

Seminole Indian Joe Panther (Ray Tracey) dreams of a living outside of alligator wrestling shows for tourists with his friend Tiger (A Martinez). He decides to apply for a job as a ship hand for Captain Harper (Brian Keith) and, while he gets the job, is unprepared for the harsh reality of the white man's world. Thankfully, he has wise Turtle (Ricardo Montalban) around to offer him advice. I occasionally have to wash the movie muck out of my head and this G-rated flick was the antidote from my depraved/pathetic viewings. Based on a book by Zachary Ball, it is a gentle coming-of-age story that benefits from great performances, good Florida locations, a cool dog and some excellent underwater photography (done by Ricou Browning, the "Creature" from CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON). This was directed by TV vet Paul Krasny. The film was hilariously re-released under the title THE MONSTER OF GATOR SWAMP with advertising that made it look like a horror movie. I bet some folks were sure demanding their money back. There is also an excellent tune by England Dan & John Ford Coley that plays throughout the film. Sadly, the film is not on DVD.

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