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Alligator (1980)

R | | Horror | 2 July 1980 (USA)
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.

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Chief Clark (as Michael Gazzo)
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Slade
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Gutchel (as Sidney Lassick)
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Kelly
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Brock
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Kemp
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Robert Doyle ...
Bill
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Madeline
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Ramon the alligator is flushed down the toilet as a baby and grows into a gargantuan monster by eating the corpses of laboratory animals who have undergone dubious hormone experiments, thus providing all the ecological and social subtext that one could possibly wish for, even if one doesn't normally go for films about giant alligators eating people left, right, and center--which is the inevitable and tragic result of Ramon's decision that the outside world looks rather more interesting than the sewers.... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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A FRIGHTENING movie with a sense of FUN! See more »

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2 July 1980 (USA)  »

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Aligator  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Robert Forster was recovering from a case of spinal meningitis when principle filming began. See more »

Goofs

In the first shot of the alligators eye, the whole crew is reflected in it. See more »

Quotes

Gutchel: How about cats? I got plenty of cats. I also got a parrot I'd like to get rid of.
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Referenced in Christmas Cruelty! (2013) See more »

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Alligator is punk rock
31 March 2001 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This film has a superbly paced story and much style. It is great entertainment matched with wry comment from writer John Sayles: witness the rich old man who locks his posh car, allows his friend to get eaten and is then pounded flat by the monster. This could so easily have been boring and run-of-the-mill. Although accomplished on a low budget, the film makers put in much effort and created something unique.


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