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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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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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Runtime:
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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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Not too bad., 15 October 2002

This film starts with a photographer being flown by helicopter to a hotel/resort in the middle of the jungle, because he has been hired to take some publicity photos for the owner. Once there he is introduced to everyone of any interest (to the viewer anyway) and is given a guided tour of the place (once again more for the viewers benefit than his, a quick and lazy way to set the story up). After this opening ten or so minutes its on with the story, this photographer falls for the owners assistant and tries to chat her up when she is alone, outside. At the same time two locals sail to a nearby island and make love. On their way back they are attacked and killed by a giant alligator, of course the photographer and his soon to be lover hear their screams. The next morning one of the two killed the night before is reported missing, the photographer puts two and two together and along with a broken boat realizes something is not quite right. The hotel owner however is not convinced, and as he has his first guests coming to stay he doesnt want to start a panic. Its now down to the photographer and his girlfriend to prove the great alligator exists. I like all these italian rip off movies from the late seventies and early eighties and this one isnt too bad at all. Sergio Martino is a solid director who seems to make good, handsome, well made movies that are better than their low budgets would suggest, mountain of the cannibal god, A man called blade and 2019 after the fall of new york are a few examples. There is not much gore and the alligator is rarely seen, but the locations are nice as is the camera work. I liked the ending as well. Some may find the film a bit dull and slow but I liked it and recommend it.

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