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Albino Alligator (1996)

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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.

Director:

Kevin Spacey

Writer:

Christian Forte
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Dova
Faye Dunaway ... Janet Boudreaux
Gary Sinise ... Milo
William Fichtner ... Law
Viggo Mortensen ... Guy Foucard
John Spencer ... Jack
Skeet Ulrich ... Danny Boudreaux
Frankie Faison ... Agent Marv Rose
Melinda McGraw ... Jenny Ferguson
M. Emmet Walsh ... Dino
Joe Mantegna ... A.T.F. Agent G.D. Browning
Doug Spinuzza ... Agent #1
Spencer Garrett ... Agent #2
Enrico Colantoni ... Agent #3
Tulsy Ball Tulsy Ball ... A.T.F. Agent
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Storyline

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 <deepee@netvision.net.il>

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Taglines:

They Planned The Perfect Crime... Until It All Went Perfectly Wrong! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Albiino alligaattori See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$188,050, 24 January 1997

Gross USA:

$326,308, 9 February 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Directing debut of Kevin Spacey. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Spoofed in Held Up (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

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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See you later alligator
7 November 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Kevin Spacey's film debut impressed this viewer when this film debuted in 1996. On second viewing, recently, it still is an interesting film to watch, but it basically left a lot of questions unanswered because of the screen play Christian Forte wrote. One can see what attracted "Albino Alligator" to Mr. Spacey. It's a film where the situation that is created at the beginning of the film allows for intense performances by the first rate cast the director was able to put together. There are holes in the plot, like the enigmatic presence of Guy, the Canadian man one sees sitting at Dino's but whose role in the whole thing is not well explained by the screen play. Matt Dillon, as the man in charge of the bandits makes a good contribution. Faye Dunaway is excellent as Janet, the bar maid that must make tough decisions at the end of the film. William Fichtner is at his most intense playing Law, the loose cannon. Gary Sinise doesn't have much to do. The ensemble cast is good under Mr. Spacey's direction. John Spencer, Skeet Ulrich, M Emmet Walsh, Joe Mantegna, Melinda McGraw and Frankie Faison are effective in their roles. A film to be seen as a curiosity because it marks Kevin Spacey's film debut as a director.


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