4.6/10
568
19 user 39 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(story) (as Luigi Montefiore), | 3 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb at Comic-Con 2016

Visit our Comic-Con section to see what's trending, watch celebrity interviews, follow event coverage, browse cosplay photos, take our Fan IQ quizzes, and more.

Browse IMDb's Guide to Comic-Con

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Alligator (1980)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage.

Director: Lewis Teague
Stars: Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo
Screamers (1979)
Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Aquatic creatures threaten the existence of a mysterious island.

Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: Barbara Bach, Claudio Cassinelli, Richard Johnson
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

The Caribbean swamps which is to be made into a holiday resort is terrorized again by a second monstrous crocodile which is killing off anyone unfortunate to be on the water.

Director: Giannetto De Rossi
Stars: Richard Anthony Crenna, Debra Karr, Ennio Girolami
Blood Surf (Video 2000)
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A pair of entrepreneurs with more bravery than brains hit upon the idea of blood surfing: spreading chum in the water in order to attract sharks, then hopping on a surfboard and riding ... See full summary »

Director: James D.R. Hickox
Stars: Dax Miller, Kate Fischer, Duncan Regehr
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A group of environmentalists arrives at a faraway tropical delta where toxic waste is being dumped. However the water also hides a giant crocodile. The corrupt local officials don't help much either.

Director: Fabrizio De Angelis
Stars: Richard Anthony Crenna, Pietro Genuardi, John Harper
Adventure | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

James Franciscus tries to save hundreds of swimmers in a coastal resort after a Great White Shark starts terrorizing the area.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: James Franciscus, Vic Morrow, Micaela Pignatelli
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

A giant alligator runs riot in a small town with a lake connected to a sewer/drainage system. Typical plot; nobody believes the sightings until lots of people have been killed.

Director: Jon Hess
Stars: Joseph Bologna, Dee Wallace, Richard Lynch
Eaten Alive (1976)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A psychotic redneck who owns a dilapidated hotel in rural East Texas kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones
Squirm (1976)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A storm causes some power lines to break and touch the ground, drawing millions of man-eating worms out of the earth, and into town where they quickly start munching on the locals.

Director: Jeff Lieberman
Stars: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

A giant crocodile goes head to head with a giant Anaconda. The town sheriff must find a way to destroy the two monsters before they kill the whole town.

Director: A.B. Stone
Stars: Corin Nemec, Yancy Butler, Skye Lourie
The Boogens (1981)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Otherworldly creatures inhabit the bootleg tunnels underneath a small town mining community, and they kill any of the townsfolk who invade their home.

Director: James L. Conway
Stars: Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin
Lake Placid 3 (TV Movie 2010)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

Killer crocodiles and their offspring terrorize residents of a small community.

Director: Griff Furst
Stars: Colin Ferguson, Yancy Butler, Kirsty Mitchell
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Alice Brandt
Claudio Cassinelli ...
Daniel Nessel
...
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 ...
Tourist
Peter Boom ...
Tourist With Rifle
Giulia D'Angelo ...
British Tourist
Marco Mastantuono ...
British Tourist
Piero Jossa
Marco Giannoni
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

native | tourist | island | survivor | boat | See All (48) »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 November 1979 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Alligator  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A clip of this movie is on "The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made" DVD Region 1 NTSC. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Big Alligator River
13 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Big Alligator River, The (1979)

* (out of 4)

Another Jaws rip-off from Italy has a rich man building a resort in the jungles of Southern Asia only to have the locals call in a huge alligator to eat everyone. This is from director Sergio Martino who is best known for his giallo and cannibal films but this thing here is quite bad and easily the worst of any Jaws rips I've seen. The film is incredibly slow moving and the first hour is nothing but talk, talk, talk. The alligator attacks go into high gear at the end but by then it's way too late. The cinematography and music score are the only saving grace.


2 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Yes its terrible, but does Barbara Bach get nekid? mr-norman-bates
Discuss The Great Alligator (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?