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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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Writer:
Larry Cohen (writer)
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Release Date:
29 October 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You'll just have time to scream... before it tears you apart! See more »
Plot:
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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User Reviews:
Not At All Bad See more (79 total) »

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)

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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
93 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The French movie poster incorrectly shows the monster covered with feathers, a wavy dinosaur frill along its back, and with large white teeth. This is because it was illustrated and printed up before copies of the film were imported into France.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Quinn runs away from the robbery, the number of people in the streets around him change frequently between shots. This is most noticeable just after he loses the bag containing the loot.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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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Not At All Bad, 3 May 2005
Author: skallisjr from Tampa, FL United States

When the Empire State Building was being constructed, another high-rise skyscraper, the Chrysler Building was its rival. As far as I know, this is the only film to pay homage to the Chrysler Building.

The Q stands for Quetzacoatl, a winged serpent from Aztec mythology. Outside of that, the Aztec connection isn't that great. But the idea of a monster living in seclusion in New York, feeding on sunbathers and the like, is rather bemusing.

The film is a rarity: a police-procedural monster film. The only other that comes to mind is Them!, with the giant ants. This one is truer to form, though not as taut.

Entertaining. A good rainy-day film.

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