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Alligator (1980)

 -  Horror  -  2 July 1980 (USA)
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A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded lab rats, injected with growth hormones. The small animal 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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Beneath Those Manholes, A Man-Eater Is Waiting ... See more »

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2 July 1980 (USA)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The final cinema film of Dean Jagger. See more »

Goofs

When Madison enters the manhole cover at the films climax, he is wearing Adidas trainers; when he lands in the sewer he is wearing boots; when he re-appears from the manhole he is wearing trainers again. See more »

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Horrors! A giant alligator in the sewers!
25 January 2003 | by (OKC,OK) – See all my reviews

I just can't believe this great movie is rated so low! I thought it had great elements of horror and comedy. The acting was top-notch and the special effects,,,were effective. And by the way folks it did have a plot. If you like those giant animals movies which eat the local population, I highly recommend this movie.

10 out of 10. Jaws in the sewers.


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