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'Gator Bait (1973)

Desiree lives deep in the swamp and supports herself and her siblings by poaching. Ben and deputy Billy hope to get a little sexual comfort from the "Cajun swamp rat" when they catch ... See full summary »

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Beverly Sebastian (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudia Jennings ... Desiree Thibodeau
Sam Gilman ... T.J. Bracken
Douglas Dirkson ... Leroy Bracken (as Doug Dirkson)
Clyde Ventura Clyde Ventura ... Deputy - Billy Boy
Bill Thurman ... Sheriff Joe Bob Thomas
Don Baldwin Don Baldwin ... Pete Bracken
Ben Sebastian Ben Sebastian ... Ben Bracken
Janit Baldwin ... Julie
Tracy Sebastian Tracy Sebastian ... Big T
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Storyline

Desiree lives deep in the swamp and supports herself and her siblings by poaching. Ben and deputy Billy hope to get a little sexual comfort from the "Cajun swamp rat" when they catch Desiree trapping 'gators, and give chase. Desiree outsmarts them but Billy accidentally shoots Ben and tells his sheriff dad that Desiree did it. Ben's dad and sons join them in the search party and quickly get out of control. Soon the hunters become the hunted as Desiree exacts her revenge for their violence against her family. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Swamp Behind -- Hell Ahead! See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gator Bait See more »

Filming Locations:

Caddo Lake, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Desiree was specifically written for Claudia Jennings to play. See more »

Quotes

Pete Bracken: [hands jacket to Leroy, ready to rape Julie] Hey Leroy, would you hold that for me?
Deputy - Billy Boy: She's wigglin' like a wildcat!
Pete Bracken: Come on over here. See how a *man* does it.
[Leroy hits Pete with his shotgun]
Pete Bracken: Agh!
Leroy Bracken: [blasts Julie in the crotch] That man enough for ya?
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Alternate Versions

The 1986 UK video version was cut by 3 minutes 8 secs and heavily reduced the murder of Julie. The US video appears to be uncut. See more »

Connections

Followed by Gatorbait II: Cajun Justice (1988) See more »

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Fine exploitation!
27 February 2005 | by dcramer-1See all my reviews

OK, here's the deal, I got sick to death of reading lame reviews of exploitation and Eurotrash films from people who simply don't get it. These films are NOT meant to be compared to the sanitized crap Hollywood sells us.

'Gator Bait is a cult classic for a number of reasons, first of all, Claudia Jenning is hot, secondly, the Sebastians make quality low-budget dark sleaze. Most importantly, though there is little sex and violence in the film (as compared to many exploitation films) this film does not hold back. It rolls along at a good pace and is full of unlikable characters with secrets that are slowly revealed as the film plays out.

The plot is fairly simple, Desiree (Claudia Jennings) is out to avenge the death of her sister... who was killed at the hands of an angry family who were led to believe that she killed a member of their family while all along it was the son of the Sheriff who had committed the crime. It's pretty much a cat and mouse story, with gorgeous and barefoot Claudia Jennings (the cat) hunting down and systematically killing the men (the mice) responsible. In many ways (as was the case with many exploitation films) the film has a strangely feminist theme to it. It turns out that Desiree is the most clever, likable, and capable character in the film. That is the frequently missed point of many exploitation films... the women (the victims of some pretty dumb and unpleasant men) are the most sympathetic and frequently brightest and strongest characters. The whole film has a deep and dark sexual undertone to it, and like most exploitation, it is not for the squeamish or the Hollywood-fed public. This is a film for people who are willing to look into darker corners.

It is well acted, beautifully-shot, with a really cool Cajun theme song ("Jole Blon" rewritten), and plenty of action and outright weirdness.


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