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Q (1982)

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New York police are bemused by a spate of reports of a giant flying lizard that has been spotted around the rooftops of New York, which they assume to be bogus until the lizard starts to ... See full summary »

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New York police are bemused by a spate of reports of a giant flying lizard that has been spotted around the rooftops of New York, which they assume to be bogus until the lizard starts to eat people. An out-of-work, ex-con piano player is the only person who knows the location of the monster's nest and is determined to turn the knowledge to his advantage, but will his gamble pay off or will he end up as lizard food? Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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It's name is Quetzalcoatl... just call it Q, that's all you'll have time to say before it tears you apart! See more »


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29 October 1982 (USA)  »

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Q: The Winged Serpent  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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David Carradine agreed to play Shepard even though he didn't receive a script to read prior to his first day of working on the film. See more »

Goofs

Shepard's sub-machine gun changes type during the raid on the nest. At the bottom of the ladder he's carrying a Sterling with a horizontal curved magazine. In the next shot at the top of the nest he's clearly carrying a late model M3 "grease gun" with a straight vertical magazine. See more »

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Kahea: I am the plumed serpent, I fly, and I crawl... I have fallen, but I shall rise again!
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References The Flying Serpent (1946) See more »

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Truly worthy of that over-used status 'classic'
18 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've seen no end of monster-on-the-loose films, and the fact is that 'Q' is one of the very best of them. A terrifying prehistoric winged beast starts snatching people from New York, whilst there are cult murders involving an ancient Aztec god. As if the NYPD haven't enough on their plate, there's a bank robbery in which a put-upon small-time crook loses the money and then finds a giant egg on top of a skyscraper.

What sets this film apart from the hundreds of other monster movies is its genuinely tense atmosphere, its characters, its haunting scenes which really do stay with you, its well-written and witty script, its great views of New York and its monster which really does have a life and character all of its own.


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