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3 November 1979 (Italy) See more »
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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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)
"The Great Alligator River" - USA (alternative title)
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USA:89 min | France:90 min | West Germany:89 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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A clip of this movie is on "The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made" DVD Region 1 NTSC.See more »
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Their god is an angry god, 7 June 2011
Author: TheHrunting from United States

"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

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