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Alligator (1979)

Il fiume del grande caimano (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 3 November 1979 (Italy)
Tourists on a tropical island anger an island god, who turns himself into a giant alligator and stalks them.

Director:

Sergio Martino

Writers:

George Eastman (story) (as Luigi Montefiore), Cesare Frugoni | 3 more credits »
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Claudio Cassinelli ... Daniel Nessel
Mel Ferrer ... Joshua
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Fabrizia Castagnoli Fabrizia Castagnoli ... Minou's Mother
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Lory Del Santo Lory Del Santo ... Jane
Anny Papa Anny Papa ... Laura
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Clara Colosimo Clara Colosimo ... Tourist
Peter Boom Peter Boom ... Tourist With Rifle
Giulia D'Angelo Giulia D'Angelo ... British Tourist
Marco Mastantuono Marco Mastantuono ... British Tourist
Piero Jossa Piero Jossa
Marco Giannoni Marco Giannoni
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A tourist resort in Africa finds itself at the mercy of a huge man-eating crocodile from a local native legend which the croc is the incarnation of a native god angered by the intrusion of the tourists on its nesting ground. After a new natives are killed and eaten, they naturally blame the tourists and set out to kill them while the survivors try to rally on a boat with the hungry crocodile in the water, and the blood-thirsty natives on land waiting for them. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

3 November 1979 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Alligator River See more »

Filming Locations:

Sri Lanka

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Solid and far more enjoyable creature feature than expected
18 November 2018 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

Heading into a jungle preserve, a photographer helping to showcase a newly opening resort finds that the connection between a series of strange disappearances of the natives is tied to a local legend of a monstrous crocodile living in the area and teams up with the resort staff to stop it.

This here was a fun and rousing creature feature. One of the better features here is the enjoyable over-the-top preparations shown here for what the resort has to go through in order to stay in business. Although it's never stated at all, the idea of the crocodile being present with the way they have to feed the pigs to the crocs and putting up the fences to keep them out of the tourists' swimming areas gives a great hint for what's to come. That is put on display nicely with the standout attacks here, from the night-time ambush on the couple in the water sneaking off together while being overlaid by the tribal ceremony which makes for a wild sequence, the failed strike on the guests underwater which is stopped by the protective nets and the frantic attack on the group coming back to camp where its strikes are quite enjoyable. That this is done in conjunction with the connection to the local tribe, which not only gives this the fun backstory with their stories involving native spirits living in the river taking the form of the huge crocodile but also has this one maintaining the funkiness of their tribal ceremonies against the slicker society of the resort guests. Their stories and rituals that are shown here offer a great deal of influence for their actions later on which gives the final half a ton of action, from kidnapping various members of the resort group to launching attacks on the remaining staff at the resort and killing off the survivors of an accident caused by the crocodile as they try to seek safety, one of the film's best sequences. Alongside the amazing miniature work for the crocodile and the destruction it leaves behind, these here hold it up over it's few minor flaws. The main one of these issues is the back-and-forth nature of the native tribe over how they're presented. While they initially seem like the friendly, good-hearted group of helpers, the way they flip into being ruthless and bloodthirsty as the film goes on is quite an unusual change which is done plainly for outrageous reasons that don't really make much sense. The motivations here, where they misinterpret the actions of the crocodile as being the physical incarnation of their God coming back for revenge against the hotel, make no sense as they can use the croc to get what they want by letting it eat the interlopers and comes as a total turnaround from how they were before. As well, despite the good effects work on the model croc, the scenes shot using a live miniature interacting in a bathtub with other miniatures looks really painful and at the opposite end of the spectrum. Otherwise, there isn't a whole lot really wrong here.

Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence and Language.


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