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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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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At first, no one believed. But now, no one will ever forget! See more »

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2 July 1980 (USA)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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As in the shooting of this film's main inspiration, Jaws (1975), the mechanical, giant alligator was often malfunctioning. In a few scenes, Lewis Teague either shot around the alligator to build suspense or shot a regular alligator in miniature sets (which is plainly obvious in some shots). See more »

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When the alligator grabs Henry Silva, his body is horizontal, with the jaws on his midsection and his body hanging out of the sides of the jaws. A moment later, he is spun around lengthwise and sliding down the monster's throat feet first. The alligator would have needed to spit the body out and then begin devouring it feet first for that to happen. See more »

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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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We were hoppin' and boppin' to the "Crocodile Rock"!
16 May 1999 | by (Keene, New Hampshire USA) – See all my reviews

Scaly scares from beneath Chicago's swampy sewers as signature (John) Sayles saga slithers onto the silver screen. Toothsome, titan tale re. urban legend of what happens when you flush your petstore alligator down the toilet. With perennial character actor Robert Forster, and a cameo by "Lolita" (Sue Lyon) herself! Check out "Knot's Landing's" Pat Petersen as a terrified-yet-take-charge tyke who tries to tank the gargantuan gator (long before he himself was flushed by femme fatale Nicolette Sheridan). But where is the immortal Beverly Garland? After all, the casting director could have at least given her a walk-on as homage to her role in "Alligator's" grade "B" 60's predecessor "The Alligator People" (no one can scream like Beverly Garland, not even Janet Leigh!). On a "scale" of 1 to 10, this one slithers slickly to a slimy nine!


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