Albino Alligator (1996)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  17 January 1997 (USA)
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While escaping from a foiled robbery attempt, three thieves find themselves surrounded by police at a New Orleans bar--only they're not the people the police are searching for.



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Three petty thieves who the police believe to be major criminals are chased into a basement bar where they take five hostages including all the bar employees. The rest of the movie deals with the cops lurking outside the bar while the trio try to get hold of the situation inside. Written by Danny Paikov <>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Albiino alligaattori  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$188,050 (USA) (24 January 1997)


ITL 41,874,000 (Italy) (6 June 1997)

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Directing debut of Kevin Spacey. See more »


Because of the city's proximity to sea level, it is difficult, if not impossible to have underground (basement) dwellings in New Orleans. See more »


[first lines]
Agent #1: Why do I always get the shit-end of these assignment? I'd like to ask that question.
Agent #2: [chuckles] What the hell were you expecting, Bobby, Waco?
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Spoofed in Held Up (1999) See more »


Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good)
Written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler
Performed by Jimmy Scott, Michael Stipe, Michael Brook & Flea
Used by permission of EMI Mills Music Inc.,
SA Music Co., Fred Ahlert Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Jimmy Scott, Michael Stipe & Flea appear courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Michael Brook appears courtesy of 4AD
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Okay, the cast is better than the script but it's still a solid hostage drama, and definitely worth watching.
1 July 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Any hostage drama can't help but get compared to 'Dog Day Afternoon' and will therefore be found lacking, but 'Albino Alligator', while not without a few flaws, does a credible job. Kevin Spacey shows some promise as a director, but the script sometimes let's him down. Even so it's pretty entertaining, and the best thing about it is the outstanding cast. You might think Spacey would call upon his Usual Suspects buddies but instead we have Matt Dillon, Gary Sinise and William Fichtner as criminals on the run, Faye Dunaway, M. Emmett Walsh, Skeet Ulrich, John Spencer and Viggo Mortensen as the occupants of an after hours bar they hold hostage, and Joe Mantegna as the cop on the scene. All the actors performances are good, but I especially enjoyed Fichtner's redneck sociopath and Mortensen's mysterious French Canadian who may not be the average joe he appears to be. Both actors have been favourites of mine for some time. 'Albino Alligator' is no masterpiece, but if you want to see some good actors do their thing I suggest you check it out, you won't be disappointed.

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