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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Agent #1
Agent #2
Agent #3
Tulsy Ball ...
A.T.F. Agent


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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Deliberate sacrifice for deliberate gain. See more »


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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2.35 : 1
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Kevin Spacey consulted with legendary director Sidney Lumet on how best to make the film. 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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References Dead Reckoning (1947) 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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An Actor's Movie.
19 March 2005 | by (Denver, CO, US) – See all my reviews

There are movies that are made because the studios know they'll make money. There are the movies that are made because someone believed they would and they held out long enough to get them made. Then there are the "actor's movies," the ones any actor worth his/her salt would love to make themselves. This is Kevin Spacey's "actor's movie." That's not a bad term in the least. The majority of the movie is set inside a New Orleans bar, but the scenery doesn't get tiresome. This is due to the fantastic performances of the cast. I love it when I can watch a movie and forget that the person I'm watching is otherwise known as Gary Sinise, Faye Dunaway, or Viggo Mortenson.

The film is also a classic tale of inhumanity, on how far people need to or will go to save their own skin, on choices. It sounds cliché, but the movie doesn't come across that way in the least. Overall, I recommend the film for a lazy Saturday afternoon, like it was for me.

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