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Release Date:
2 July 1980 (USA) See more »
Beneath Those Manholes, A Man-Eater Is Waiting ... See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Robert Forster ... David

Robin Riker ... Marisa

Michael V. Gazzo ... Chief Clark (as Michael Gazzo)

Dean Jagger ... Slade

Sydney Lassick ... Gutchel (as Sidney Lassick)

Jack Carter ... Mayor

Perry Lang ... Kelly

Henry Silva ... Brock

Bart Braverman ... Kemp
John Lisbon Wood ... Mad Bomber
James Ingersoll ... Helms
Robert Doyle ... Bill
Patti Jerome ... Madeline

Angel Tompkins ... Newswoman

Sue Lyon ... ABC Newswoman
Leslie Brown ... Young Marisa
Buckley Norris ... Bob

Royce D. Applegate ... Callan
Tom Kindle ... Announcer
Jim Brockett ... Gator Wrestler
Simmy Bow ... Seedy
Jim Boeke ... Shamsky
Stan Haze ... Meyer

James Arone ... Sloan
Peter Miller ... Sgt. Rice
Pat Petersen ... Joey

Micole Mercurio ... Joey's Mother (as Micol)
Frederick Long ... Sparks
Ed Brodow ... Ross
Larry Margo ... Stanley
Philip Luther ... Purdy
John F. Goff ... Ashe
Elizabeth Halsey ... Policewoman
Barry Chase ... Policeman 1

Richard Partlow ... Policeman 2
Jerado Decordovier ... Gator Vendor 1 (as Jeradio De Cordovier)
Vincent De Stefano ... Gator Vendor 3
JoJo D'Amore ... Gator Vendor 4 (as Jo Jo D'Amore)
Bella Bruck ... Dot
Kendall Carly Browne ... Ann
Danny Baseda ... Radioman
Tink Williams ... Hector
Corkey Ford ... Chi Chi (as Corky Ford)
Charles R. Penland ... Tyrone
Anita Keith ... Old Lady

Mike Mazurki ... Gatekeeper (as Michael Mazurki)
Margaret Muse ... Society Matron
Michael Misita ... Reporter 1
Harold Greene ... Reporter 2
Jim Alquist ... Reporter 3
Margie Platt ... Bride
Nike Zachmanoglou ... Maid at Party

Gloria Morrison ... Woman at Bar-B-Que
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Hammond ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Kane Hodder ... Alligator (uncredited)
Dana MacDuff ... Punk (uncredited)
Amy Panter ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Teague 
Writing credits
John Sayles (screenplay)

John Sayles (story) and
Frank Ray Perilli (story)

Produced by
Robert S. Bremson .... executive producer
Brandon Chase .... producer
Tom Jacobson .... associate producer
Mark L. Rosen .... producer
Original Music by
Craig Huxley  (as Craig Hundley)
Cinematography by
Joseph Mangine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Larry Bock 
Ron Medico  (as Ronald Medico)
Casting by
Geno Havens 
Lori Rabin 
Art Direction by
Michael Erler 
Set Decoration by
Cyd Smyllie  (as Cyd A. Smillie)
Makeup Department
Sue Dolph .... hair stylist
Sue Dolph .... makeup artist
Robert Short .... special effects makeup
Production Management
Marianne Chase .... executive in charge of production
Tom Jacobson .... production manager
Maurice Marks .... production manager: second unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Miller Drake .... second unit director
Lisa Marmon .... second assistant director
Paul Stader .... second unit director
Jerram A. Swartz .... assistant director
Art Department
Kenneth Coontz .... assistant property master (as Ken Coontz)
Tomas DeSoto .... set dresser
Michael Farr .... set dresser
Richard Charles Greenbaum .... assistant art director (as Richard Greenbaum)
Dan Morski .... property master
Sound Department
Art Names .... production sound (as Arthur Names)
Biff Yeager .... boom operator
Special Effects by
David Bartholomew .... special effects
David Beasley .... special effects
Pete Gerard .... special effects
Richard O. Helmer .... special effects coordinator
John Ramsey .... special effects
William Shourt .... special effects (as William F. Shourt)
Visual Effects by
Bill Kaufman .... miniatures
Michael Douglas Middleton .... visual effects still photographer (uncredited)
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt performer (as Bruce Barbour)
Michael Cassidy .... stunt performer
Dottie Catching .... stunt performer
Tom Clardy .... stunt performer
Roger Creed .... stunt performer
Kenny Endoso .... stunt performer
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunt performer (as Hill Farnsworth)
Dale E. House .... stunt performer (as Dale House)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator (as Conrad Palmisano)
Bobby Sargent .... stunt performer
Rick Seaman .... stunt performer (as Richard D. Seaman)
Peter Stader .... stunt performer
Tom Steele .... stunt performer
Jack Tyree .... stunt performer
Cindy Wills .... stunt performer (as Cindy L. Wil)
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Assaf Amir .... electrician
Hanania Baer .... director of photography: second unit
Jack Cooperman .... underwater photographer
Tony Cunha .... still photographer
Doug Curtis .... electrician
Sam Gart .... first assistant camera
Dwight Joseph Lavers .... grip (as Dwight La Vers)
Ray Maichen .... grip
Ron McCausland .... key grip
Udi Rimer .... electrician
David Schmier .... camera operator
Gary Shore .... electrician
Mark Simon .... assistant camera
Peter Smokler .... director of photography: second unit
Thomas Vanghele .... second assistant camera
Terry Wimmer .... grip (as Terrance Wimmer)
Moshe Yakobovesky .... gaffer
Arthur Krauss .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Charlie Messenger .... extras casting (as Charles Messenger)
Chris Trainer .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Audrey Kasof .... second assistant wardrobe
Michael Rouse .... first assistant wardrobe
Constance Sech .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Patricia Summers .... assistant editor (as Pat Summers)
Bill Williams .... assistant editor
Location Management
Jacqueline Zambrano .... location manager
Music Department
Marston Smith .... musician: cello
Transportation Department
Duncan Brine .... transportation coordinator
David De Carlo .... transportation captain
John Panzarella .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Larry Ackerman .... production accountant
Elizabeth Dale Baer .... production assistant (as Dale Baer)
Kevin Blackton .... gator operator
Jim Brockett .... animal provider
Richard Casey .... production assistant
Laurie Cohn .... script supervisor (as Laurie M. Cohn)
Grace Dennis .... production accountant
Dominic Ferlan .... craft service
Thomas Goeken .... gator operator (as Tom Goeken)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle [us]
John Hungerford .... production assistant
Steve Jerrom .... production assistant (as Stephen Jerrom)
Dana MacDuff .... production assistant
Randi Maurer .... production coordinator
Steve McMillian .... production assistant (as Stephen McMillin)
Pete Robinson .... production assistant
Van Spaulding .... production assistant
Kent Adamson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Gale Anne Hurd .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ben Stansbury .... alligator effects (uncredited)
Mike Brenner .... grateful appreciation
Tom Hicks .... grateful appreciation
Leslie Morson .... grateful appreciation

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
91 min | Argentina:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:R | West Germany:16 | West Germany:12 (f) (cut)

Did You Know?

Kelly (played by Perry Lang), the young police officer who follows David through the sewers, is always seen with chewing tobacco in his mouth.See more »
Continuity: When the alligator attacks Slade's limousine and the camera is on Slade, the car is continually rocking as if being hit. When the scene shifts to the limo driver, the car is still.See more »
Callan:[David, Marisa and Callan are walking through the sewer system] What the hell we looking for?
David:Anything that looks like it doesn't belong here.
Marisa:Uh, evidence of alligator nesting.
Callan:I see, like shoes, handbags, luggage...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Serial Mom (1994)See more »


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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Alligator is a GIANT classic, 2 May 2007
Author: Rautus from United Kingdom

First there was Jaws then Piranha both great movies and then in 1980 there was a giant Alligator film written by John Sayles who wrote Piranha and The Howling, using the urban legend of Alligators flushed down into the sewers and becoming giant due to the stuff in there they made a great B-movie with an Alligator twice it's normal size. Sometimes it's just a real Alligator in a small set to make it look big and other times it's a big rubber Alligator but that's what makes it fun.

The atmosphere is creepy when in the sewers especially since the Alligator is prowling around ready to jump out and get them. The main characters are likable and the acting is good. Alligator is a classic B-Movie that's great and fun to watch. 10/10

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