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Q -- Its name is Quetzalcoatl, a dragon-like Aztec god that is summoned to modern-day Manhattan by a mysterious cult. But just call it "Q"...because that is all you'll be able to say before it tears you apart!


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

Directed by
Larry Cohen 
Writing credits
Larry Cohen (writer)

Produced by
Larry Cohen .... producer
Dick Di Bona .... executive producer (as Richard de Bona)
Paul Kurta .... associate producer
Dan Sandburg .... executive producer
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer (uncredited)
Salah M. Hassanein .... line producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Robert O. Ragland 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy (photography)
Film Editing by
Armond Lebowitz  (as Armand Lebowitz)
Casting by
Michael A. Candela (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Dennis Eger .... special makeup
Steve Neill .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
Rick Stratton .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
Production Management
David Kern .... post-production supervisor
Peter Sabiston .... production executive
Michelle Solotar .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ira Halberstadt .... second assistant director
Dennis Murphy .... second assistant director
Art Department
Nicholas Gould .... props (as Nick Gould)
John Loggia .... assistant props
Sound Department
Jeffrey Hayes .... sound mixer (as Jeff Hayes)
Jane Landis .... boom operator
Anthony Milch .... sound effects (as Tony Milch)
Jerry Mosely .... sound effects
Sandy Berman .... sound designer (uncredited)
Don Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Lee Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
T.A. Moore Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
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
Peter Hock .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Blum .... second grip
Don Cerrone .... key grip
Phil Clark .... grip: second unit
Stefan Czapsky .... gaffer
Yuri Denysenko .... assistant camera: second unit
Morris Flam .... electrician
Tom Hurwitz .... additional photographer
Frederick Iannone .... assistant camera (as Fred Iannone)
Konstantin Jekov .... clapper loader
Joseph Mangine .... additional photographer (as Joe Mann)
Daniel Pearl .... additional photographer
Mike Trim .... electrician
Oliver Wood .... additional photographer
Matthew Dorsey .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michael A. Candela .... casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Timothy D'Arcy .... wardrobe
Lee Schattino .... wardrobe assistant (as Lee Schettino)
Editorial Department
Jim Finn .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Music Department
Arlon Ober .... music editor (as Arlen Ober)
Other crew
Maryse Alberti .... production staff
Anthony Baldasare .... production assistant
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Bob Cohen .... production assistant
Jenny Fitzgibbons .... auditor
Gary Gasgarth .... production assistant
Gerald Holbrook .... location manager
Nancy Juliber .... production coordinator
Marc Peterson .... production staff
Richard Schlesinger .... production assistant
Kevin Scott .... production assistant
Andy Suhl .... production assistant
Carolyn Zatz .... script supervisor
John Bruno .... production office assistant (uncredited)
Dennis Stuart Murphy .... production coordinator (uncredited)

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Kahea:I am the plumed serpent, I fly, and I crawl... I have fallen, but I shall rise again!See more »
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29 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Movie, 31 August 1998
Author: Rob Spencer ( 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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