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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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Larry Cohen (writer)
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Release Date:
29 October 1982 (USA) See more »
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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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Ace creature feature See more (81 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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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:
Film debut of John Capodice.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The closeup of the newspaper headline shows the word "existence" misspelled as "existance."See more »
Quotes:
Kahea:I am the plumed serpent, I fly, and I crawl... I have fallen, but I shall rise again!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Horror of Dracula (1958)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dancing Too Close to the FlameSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Ace creature feature, 22 January 2008
Author: t-birkhead from United Kingdom

Q is one of my favorite films in the genre of creature features, a genre that very often produces almost unwatchable dreck. However in the more than capable writing and directing hands of b movie genius Larry Cohen this tale of an ancient winged creature terrorising New York is immensely satisfying. The advantage comes mostly in the writing, which supports the far fetched premise with a nice brand of humour and well fleshed out characters, giving an odd sense of realism. The direction and photography also often has a gritty, urban crime movie feel that keeps the film surprisingly grounded. This is not to say that the creature does not come across well, although it does look fairly hokey at times. It flies around and dispatches a good number of people, often in quite amusing fashion. Although the colour photography and overall genuine quality of the rest of the film does make the occasional silliness of the creature harder to take it is still fun to watch and a much fiercer customer than any modern day cgi nonsense. There is only a little gore, mostly of the after effect variety, although it is still pretty cool and the film isn't much about gore anyway. The acting is the last good feature of this film, with fine performances from the likes of Candy Clarke, David Carradine and Richard Roundtree, but particularly Michael Moriarty in the lead role who gives one of the best performances I have ever seen in an unabashed b movie. All in all, I enjoyed this film hugely and think that only a few dodgy effects separate it from brilliance.

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