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The Great Alligator (1979)

Il fiume del grande caimano (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 3 November 1979 (Italy)
Tourists on a tropical island anger an island god, who turns himself into a giant alligator and stalks them.

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Alice Brandt
Claudio Cassinelli ...
Daniel Nessel
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Joshua
Romano Puppo ...
Peter
Fabrizia Castagnoli ...
Minou's Mother
Enzo Fisichella ...
Maurice, lover of Minou's Mother
Lory Del Santo ...
Jane
Anny Papa ...
Laura
Bobby Rhodes ...
Joshua's forman
Clara Colosimo ...
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Peter Boom ...
Tourist With Rifle
Giulia D'Angelo ...
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Marco Mastantuono ...
British Tourist
Piero Jossa
Marco Giannoni
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A tourist resort in Africa finds itself at the mercy of a huge man-eating crocodile from a local native legend which the croc is the incarnation of a native god angered by the intrusion of the tourists on its nesting ground. After a new natives are killed and eaten, they naturally blame the tourists and set out to kill them while the survivors try to rally on a boat with the hungry crocodile in the water, and the blood-thirsty natives on land waiting for them. Written by Anonymous

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Their god is an angry god
7 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Great Alligator" is an action-adventure film that takes advantage of the tranquil scenery, humble natives and beautiful wildlife...except, of course, there's Kruna, a monstrous alligator or divine creature, that decides to go on a rampage after its habitat gets turned into a money-making machine of a hotel and resort. Take heed westerners: don't mess with nature and it won't mess back.

This takes place somewhere on an isolated island with the only way to get in or "out" being boat or plane. The local inhabitants have their rituals and superstitions, and the encroaching vacationers have their drinking and dancing to get on with. The hotshot photographer, played by charismatic Claudio Cassinelli, gets a whiff of something ominous in the air, as well as the employees work discreetly behind the scenes to investigate these mysterious disappearances. Although at that point it might be too late.

There are realistic characters and a few straightforward struggles are thrown in the mix between the humans. Though the alligator is the big attraction here and its on-screen presence is more comical than scary, as instead of being portrayed as this mysterious, what-if beast it almost becomes a caricature along the lines of "Jaws 2" where it can be anywhere and everywhere. The effects in wider shots make the gigantic gator a paralyzed battering ram as the molding used to make it doesn't flex an inch. Indeed the movie set out to be serious, this isn't going to be the equivalent of a modern day Sci-Fi channel creature feature, but it's still hard to ignore that the main attraction isn't able to even remotely nudge the safety barrier away from its audience. (Also submitted on http://fromblacktoredfilmreviews.blogspot.com/)


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