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Release Date:
3 November 1979 (Italy) See more »
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Tourists on a tropical island anger an island god, who turns himself into a giant alligator and stalks them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Boring and dumb with special effects brought to you by---a Special Ed class. See more (19 total) »

Cast

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Barbara Bach ... Alice Brandt
Claudio Cassinelli ... Daniel Nessel

Mel Ferrer ... 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
Geneve Hutton ... Sheena
Silvia Collatina ... Minou

Richard Johnson ... Prophet Jameson
Donald Dias
Christopher Ferrando
Paul Taylor Odiase
Peter Peiris
D. Pauline Skilton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Spafford ... Alice Brandt (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Sergio Martino 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Eastman  story (as Luigi Montefiore)
Cesare Frugoni  writer
Ernesto Gastaldi  writer
Sergio Martino  writer
Mara Maryl  (as Maria Chianetta)

Produced by
Luciano Martino .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stelvio Cipriani 
 
Cinematography by
Giancarlo Ferrando 
 
Film Editing by
Eugenio Alabiso 
 
Art Direction by
Massimo Antonello Geleng 
 
Costume Design by
Barbara Pugliese 
 
Makeup Department
Sergio Gennari .... hair stylist
Stefano Trani .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Franco Cuccu .... production manager
Marco Giannoni .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Massimo Manasse .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Bruno Moreal .... sound mixer
Roberto Petrozzi .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Carlo De Marchis .... special effects: alligator
Paolo Ricci .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gianlorenzo Battaglia .... underwater camera operator
Bruno Cascio .... assistant camera
Rolando Ferrario .... assistant camera
Giorgio Garibaldi Schwarze .... still photographer
Claudio Morabito .... camera operator
Daniele Nannuzzi .... underwater camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stella Battista .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Teresa Negozio .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Stelvio Cipriani .... conductor
 
Other crew
Maria Luisa Rosen .... script supervisor
Raffaello Saragò .... administrator
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Il fiume del grande caimano" - Italy (original title)
"Alligator" - USA (imdb display title), USA (DVD title)
"The Big Alligator River" - USA (DVD box title)
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USA:89 min | France:90 min | West Germany:89 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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German Import DVD has a Super-8 Version (German language only), as a special feature on the disc.See more »
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Featured in The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004) (V)See more »

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Boring and dumb with special effects brought to you by---a Special Ed class., 3 May 2009

Let me start out by saying I can enjoy just about any bad Italian horror movie or jungle exploitation flick from the 1970's. Seriously. This one was downright awful.

There are way too many elements that Martino tries to inject and none of them work (except for the croc-gone-wild thing) very well at all. There are some ignorant Westerners, of course, who set up a resort in the jungle somewhere. I don't even remember where it takes place...how sad is that... Basically, people come to the resort to see this native tribe and its' ceremonies but eventually they upset the 'Alligator God' of the river who then proceeds to go on a rampage, killing said vacationers and some tribesmen as well. Sounds good, yeah? Well, don't get your hopes up. There is minimal violence until the end, the special effects are so bad it was like a kindergarten class performed them and the love story thrown in is laughable.

There is seriously a few scenes where it appears they set up a camera underwater in a pool and threw a toy alligator, like a dart, into the water and that is supposed to be the gator attacking. I'm not kidding. In another wonderfully crafted special effect, a Matchbox van is targeted by the incredible sinking plastic gator, who all of a sudden is five times the size of a van. (A few minutes ago, he was only big enough to eat a human, but now he dwarfs a full-size cargo van...) It is really pathetic. The only other flick I can think of where the effects were so bad I was pulled out of the story was Bruno Mattei's masterpiece, "Rats," what with the plastic rats on the conveyor belt and all who COULDN'T be terrified.

Normally I'd say anything Sergio Martino was a solid must-see but this one is a must-pass. Waste of time and definitely not worth buying for the $15+ sticker price from No Shame. This one is a SHAME.

2 out of 10, kids.

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