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Alligator [DVD]

Robert Forster , Robin Riker , Lewis Teague    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael Gazzo
  • Directors: Lewis Teague
  • Producers: Lewis Teague, Brandon Chase
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Digital Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2001
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZ7O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,151 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Flushed down the toilet when still a baby, Ramon is the pet alligator who lives in the Chicago sewers, feasting on the corpses of hormone-injected laboratory animals, only to emerge years later as a 36 foot long killer. David Madison (Robert Forster) is the cop assigned to catch him. A sometimes scary, sometimes tongue-in-cheek monster movie, scripted by director John Sayles ('Lone Star', 'Limbo'). Don't miss the graffiti at the end.

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Alligator [DVD]

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gold, plastic buck of popcorn entertainment. 30 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A thumping monster movie that used to be the crown jewel in any eighties kid's video night. Should really be a cult item on par with Repo Man or Assualt on Precinct 13. This follows a baby alligator's rejection into the sewer by an unloving family. His growing pains (all eighty foot of him). After that he eats loads of people. So the mayor sends a crazed bounty hunter after him. Not to mention the grizzled cop and gorgeous scientist. Big guns, flashlights that rarely work and people being chewed in half, this baby has everything you'd expect from a huge reptile under the city flick. The plot takes some swallowing as do half the cast, but the narrative is always scrappy and the direction suitably ragged around the edges. Not everyone's cup of tea but hey... why drink tea when you can see a gigantic beast eat people in a sewer. Probably the best of the many Jaws rip offs. Makes a good double bill with any of the above movies but especially Q- The Winged Serpent. Which is unfortunatley absent from the internet shelves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's snappy. 10 May 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
After an irate father flushes down the toilet his daughter's baby alligator, the creature feeds on dumped animals that have been tested with a growth hormone. Thus the gator grows into a 36 foot long monster that promptly terrorises Chicago.

With a rather witty John Sayles script, tidy effects work and Lewis Teague's knowingly B movie direction, Alligator turns out to be one of the better post Jaws copy-cats. Very much using a satirical slant, Alligator's gigantic horror is born out of dubious suit types involved in conspiracies. While the cheery pay back that comes the way of various git's responsible for the growth of super gator is rewarding to say the least. Peperred with in jokes as well, Alligator also benefits from having the considerable talents of Robert Forster and Dean Jagger in the cast. They may look a touch bewildered at times, more out of a sense of fun one feels, but they give it gusto supreme and carry the picture to the bloody and entertaining finale.

A million miles away from Jaws of course, but this is a funny, enjoyable and different type of animal. 6.5/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and Cheerful! 13 July 2008
Well, I quite enjoyed it anyway. Ok, so it's a tacky piece of hokum, and your sense of reality most definitely needs to be switched off but Alligator is a nice, tidy little 80's monster movie. The effects aren't too shoddy for once - ok the plot is way too predictable, and you can quite easily guess who's next to be chomped, but that's the point of a film like this isn't it?

All in all, it makes for an enjoyable Saturday night viewing with a few drinks and snacks. Just remember if monster movies aren't your thing, then don't go there! Stick with your Swedish Arthouse philosophical ramblings about love, death and your mother....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 80's monster movie! 9 Mar 2008
By Neil B
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I remember seeing this neat little movie way back in the day when video first took off! An excellent example of what you can do on a tight budget!
A good mix of horror and comedy blend very well to make this one great monster ride.
Good solid performances from all the cast (especially the fantastic Robert Forster). The Alligator effects are very impressive for this low budget movie.
Well worth checking out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
If people insist on throwing unwanted pet alligators in the toilet and also eating hormone enhanced fast food also being processed and flushed into the same sewer system you should expect mutated alligators, and rats. This film shows how a modern city would deal with the increasing problem of giant reptiles attacking people. Well made with great special effects and snappy dialogue it should have won oscars. Watch it!
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