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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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excellent jungle splatter film from the talented Sergio Martino 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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A clip of this movie is on "The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made" DVD Region 1 NTSC.See more »
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
excellent jungle splatter film from the talented Sergio Martino, 19 January 2000
Author: Michael A. Martinez (aylmer666@juno.com) from Los Angeles, CA

Obviously a stylized foreign film like this would fly right over the heads of American audiences.

The late Claudio Cassinelli stars as a photographer who (with his girlfriend Barbara Bach - wife of Ringo Starr) helps to combat a giant alligator god "Kruna" from destroying a multi-million dollar tourist trap (in more ways than one) in Africa somewhere. Of course their exploits are further complicated when the local tribesmen decide to go on a violent killing spree and slaughter nearly all the annoying tourists. (yay!) Mel Ferrer (Audrey Hepburn's hubby) also stars as the greedy landlord of the resort, who lives just long enough to see his dreams of wealth and high society burning to the ground.

I really loved this movie; excellent Stelvio Cipriani 70's jungle music and some cutting-edge Giancarlo Ferrando camerawork gave this a uniquely cruel and menacing atmosphere. The alligator is great looking and the death scenes are done with great skill and panache. Great cast too, with small parts played by Bobby Rhodes, Richard Johnson, and Romano Puppo. Would have been Sergio Martino's best film if not for 2019 - After the Fall of New York. Not to mention an extremely high bodycount and a slick script co-written by George Eastman (!), Ernesto Gastaldi, Cesare Frugoni, and several others.

Martino went on to ruin his career with such turkeys as Mani di Pietra (HANDS OF STEEL) and CASABLANCA EXPRESS.

BTW - at one point the characters do express surprise that Kruna is an alligator, not a crocodile thank you very much.

Highly recommended.

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