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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
Gary Sinise ... Milo
William Fichtner ... Law
Viggo Mortensen ... Guy
John Spencer ... Jack
Skeet Ulrich ... Danny
Frankie Faison ... Marv
Melinda McGraw ... Jenny
M. Emmet Walsh ... Dino
Joe Mantegna ... 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Spacey made it a point to keep a lot of the violence off-screen, focusing mostly on the performances and the directorial flourishes. 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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Too much trouble to figure out a convoluted and under-developed plot.
29 March 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

When a new screenwriter is trying to get his script made, the best way to draw attention (nee money) is to attach a star, someone with visibility, someone bankable. Surprisingly, I don't think stars really read a lot of scripts, certainly not all the way through, certainly not with a mindset toward how to make this into a good, completed film.

At the time this film was made, Kevin Spacey was hot, very hot. His performances in Seven, Swimming with Sharks, and The Usual Suspects had brought him not only rave reviews, but an Academy Award. His want to direct, this inherent heat, plus his ability to attract additional star power, namely Faye Dunaway, Matt Dillon, and Gary Sinise, and a spec script from a first time writer had the financial backing it needed.

Maybe Albino Alligator would have been a weak film in even the most accomplished hands, it certainly is a weak film in this first time director's. The premise is sketchy, the through line distorted and vague. Some of the characterizations seem forced, or contrived, as if, for example, Faye Dunaway (or Gary Sinise)'s part were quickly created or expanded to accommodate their agreeing to particpate.

Many good young film makers are making daring, exciting, edgy films right now. This is not one of them.


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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Albino Alligator See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$101,176, 20 January 1997

Gross USA:

$339,379

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$339,379
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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