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Release Date:
29 October 1982 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
You'll just have time to scream... before it tears you apart! See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Michael Moriarty ... Jimmy Quinn

Candy Clark ... Joan

David Carradine ... Shepard

Richard Roundtree ... Powell
James Dixon ... Lt. Murray

Malachy McCourt ... Commissioner
Fred J. Scollay ... Capt. Fletcher
Peter Hock ... Det. Clifford
Ron Cey ... Det. Hoberman

Mary Louise Weller ... Mrs. Pauley
Bruce Carradine ... The Victim

John Capodice ... Doyle
Tony Page ... Webb
Larkin Ford ... Curator

Larry Pine ... The Professor

Eddie Jones ... The Watchman

Shelly Desai ... Kahea
Lee Louis ... Officer Banyon
Fred Morsell ... First Robber
Ed Kovens ... Second Robber
Richard Duggan ... Construction Worker
Jennifer Howard ... Newscaster
David Snell ... Attorney
Larry Silvestri ... Policeman
Perry Genovese ... Policeman
Gabriel Wohl ... Policeman

Nancy Stafford ... Eyewitness
Bobbie Burns ... Sunbather (as Bobbi Burns)
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Directed by
Larry Cohen 
 
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Larry Cohen 

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Larry Cohen .... producer
Dick Di Bona .... executive producer
Salah M. Hassanein .... line producer
Paul Kurta .... associate producer
Peter Sabiston .... executive producer
Don Sandburg .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Robert O. Ragland 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Levi 
Fred Murphy 
 
Film Editing by
Armond Lebowitz 
 
Casting by
Michael A. Candela 
 
Makeup Department
Dennis Eger .... special makeup
Steve Neill .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
Rick Stratton .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Peter Sabiston .... executive in charge of production
Michelle Solotar .... unit manager
 
Sound Department
Sandy Berman .... sound designer
Jane Landis .... boom operator
Don Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Lee Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
T.A. Moore Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Aiko .... additional modelmaker
David Allen .... special visual effects
Randall William Cook .... special visual effects (as Randy Cook)
Roger Dicken .... additional modelmaker
Dennis Gordon .... additional modelmaker
Peter Kuran .... special visual effects
Deed Rossiter .... additional modelmaker
 
Stunts
Peter Hock .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Cerrone .... key grip
Yuri Denysenko .... assistant camera: second unit
Matthew Dorsey .... electrician
Morris Flam .... lighting technician
Frederick Iannone .... first assistant camera
Daniel Pearl .... additional photographer
 
Casting Department
Michael A. Candela .... casting
 
Editorial Department
Jim Finn .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Arlon Ober .... music editor
 
Other crew
Anthony Baldasare .... production assistant
John Bruno .... production office assistant
Nancy Juliber .... production coordinator
Dennis Stuart Murphy .... production coordinator
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
 

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93 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1982) | USA:R | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The film that Larry Cohen was fired from before starting production on this movie was I, the Jury (1982). It cost 8 times as much as Q (1982) but only made one quarter as much at the box office.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The closeup of the newspaper headline shows the word "existence" misspelled as "existance."See more »
Quotes:
Jimmy Quinn:Stick it in your brain. Your tiny little brain!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Godzilla (1998/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dancing Too Close to the FlameSee more »

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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Movie, 31 August 1998
Author: Rob Spencer (livingded6@aol.com) from Milwaukee, WI

Writer/Director Larry Cohen is the genius that brought the world such classics as Hell Up in Harlem, Original Gangstas, Special Effects, and the It's Alive series. Nearly all of his movies are examples of low budget filmmaking at its best. Q (standing for Quetzecoatl, the flying Aztec god) is his giant monster movie in the tradition of King Kong and Godzilla. It's an excellent movie and succeeds best because of it's quirky qualities.

An excellent B-movie cast combined with Cohen's wonderfully realistic dialogue makes for some excellent characters. Micheal Moriarty (from "Law and Order" and Cohen's The Stuff) plays a loser who finds the nest of the beast, and Richard Roundtree (Shaft) and David Carradine (Death Race 2000 and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues) have excellent roles as two detectives trying to locate it before it devours more construction workers.

The plot has some great twists and turns and there's some great obligatory B -movie gore in this one, too. The monster plucks heads off of window washers and snatches sunbathers off of rooftops. Blood and body parts rain down on the unsuspecting citizens beneath. Meanwhile, some lunatic is busy skinning people alive. Is there a connection? The special effects are limited and not too spectacular, but effects don't make a movie (as is apparent in the 1998 remake of Godzilla), and everything else about this movie makes it a winner. The uneven effects actually add to the fun of this movie if you can appreciate low budget horror. Q constantly amazes me with its quirky attitude, great sense of humor (maybe the window washer's head "just fell off" says one of the detectives), creative characters, camp value, and energetic cast. This 1982 cult classic is further proof that Larry Cohen is nothing less than a god.

Final Review 98/100 (A+)

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