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Albino Alligator (1997)

Matt Dillon , Faye Dunaway , Kevin Spacey  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway, Gary Sinise, William Fichtner, Viggo Mortensen
  • Directors: Kevin Spacey
  • Writers: Christian Forte
  • Producers: Barbara A. Hall, Brad Krevoy, Bradley Jenkel, Steven Stabler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 1999
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630542800X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,536 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Albino Alligator" on IMDb

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An intense, all-star action-thriller, ALBINO ALLIGATOR is directed by Academy Award(R)-winner Kevin Spacey (1999 Best Actor -- AMERICAN BEAUTY). Matt Dillon (THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY), and Emmy-winner Gary Sinise (1998 Best Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie, GEORGE WALLACE) play brothers Dova and Milo ... a couple of small-time crooks suddenly in way over their heads! When a holdup goes terribly wrong, the robbers flee to a local bar, desperately taking everyone inside hostage! With nowhere to run and time running out, it's a deadly situation where every second counts! Also starring Golden Globe-winner Faye Dunaway (1999 Best Supporting Actress, GIA) -- expect unexpected twists and turns, all leading to an incredibly explosive climax!

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
It was always obvious that Kevin Spacey would only ever assemble a first rate cast for his first movie as director, and he was as discerning with his choice of script as director as he is with his acting jobs. This movie plays like a play and tellingly the best performances come from the stage actors. Gary Sinise delivers a controlled performance that demonstrates the humanity of his character, while William Fichtner manages to carry the bulk of the humour and the horror without going over the top. The script and Spacey's direction keep the tension high despite being confined to one room for much of the movie (think 12 Angry Men - Spacey actually consulted Sidney Lumet for advice).
Where the film falls down is in the weak performances of two of the most important characters, played by Matt Dillon and Faye Dunaway. Both performances are one-dimensional and affected (and Dunaway has the complexion of a Barbie doll - plastic). The rest of the cast has little to do but make the most of what they have (especially M. Emmett Walsh).
See this movie. There are a lot of worse and more successful movies out there than this one. Quality's very rare these days. So make the most of it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intense flick with a hell of a bite March 8, 2000
By A Customer
Unlike others, I did not find this movie, confusing or convoluted at all (Dr. Roberts from Austin needs to go back to med school). The film is paced with an unpredictable feel that catapults the viewer into the desperate situation inside Dino's Tavern. Kevin Spacey's direction is the work of a master, capturing a brief but awesome chase scene with chilling results, and sustaining a panick-driven mood throughout the unfolding story. Dillon is in fine form, as is Gary Sinise, the multi-talented thinking man's actor. The creepy William Fichtner plays such a psycho, you'd think he was born for this role. And, yes, Ms. Dunaway delivers another excellent performance.
Sounds like the nay-sayers don't like psychological thrillers that are intentionally yet methodically paced in such a style that keeps us guessing and on the edge of our seats.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been worse. April 16, 2008
The transition from actor to director is not always as easy as it seems. Sometimes it takes years to make the transition, and that is quite apparent with Kevin Spacey's Albino Alligator. Spacey attempts to hit a homerun on his first at bat but ends up getting a solid single instead.

The film deals with a botched heist (not the sort of story-line that is exactly lacking in Hollywood these days) and the relationships between the three main criminals. What we see is the thin lines between loyalty and survival, and the great lengths some will go to ensure their own preservation, even at the expense of those closest to them.

There are moments in intense drama throughout the film, and a climax that you probably won't see coming, but overall, Albino Alligator reminds me of that glass of water in the middle of the night. It's refreshing, but if you weren't so tired and were able to pour a glass of something else, you would. This is lazy-day-watch-it-on-IFC entertainment, not go-out-of-your-way-to-rent-it entertainment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A slow day at the actor's workshop... February 29, 2008
by dane youssef

A gang of crooks. The perfect plan. It all goes wrong. They're in trouble. The police are outside. They're cornered. What are they gonna do now?

Sound familiar?

The movie seems like it's trying to be a combination of the acting workshop, the "indie" film and the theater.

It's the kind of things that actors love--it's kind of like a workshop or a play because it mostly consists of tight focusing on the actors acting... acting angry, tense, scared, conversing, scheming, planning--giving the performers a lot of free range to really ham it all up.

A trio of crooks, one leader, one goon, one brother, come up with a big heist scheme... and a monkey wrench is thrown into the works. To top things off, there's a bit of a "fender-bender" and one of the crooks in flung through the back of the windshield.

The cops are on their tail and they stumble into a bar named poetically (and leadenly) "Dino's Last Chance."

Spacey, as a director, tries to keep the focus on the actors' performances and delivery of dialouge. He pans over to a bright passion-red cigarette ad of a smoking and smoldering Bogart. And he keeps all the violence off-screen, really.

I think that was a mistake. Focusing on the intensity and gruesome violent scenes would have given the movie some edge.

The problem with the movie is that it moves too slow and suffers from miscasting in almost every role. Matt Dillon ("Drugstore Cowboy" and "Wild Things") seems too young and too idealistic to be the leader of this gang.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag August 11, 2002
Director Kevin Spacey leads a superb cast who do reasonably well considering the material. Don't get me wrong, the film's idea is a good one. But this script seems more suitable as a play, than a film. Being that most of the film takes place in a one room bar. Faye Dunaway is great, as well as Gary Sinise in a subdued role. But Matt Dillion's tough guy routine seems a little forced, and by the end of the film it's a little tired. However, this is suitable start as Spacey's debut. It's enjoyable too watch, especially if you let yourself sink into it, and try not too deconstruct it's flaws.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Bo Gator indeed. Brilliant.
I saw this in the theatre with a friend who didn't want to see it at all. He loved it, and so did I. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bernard M Lynch Jr
3.0 out of 5 stars Great actor
I like very much Gary Sinise.
He is a good actor and can very well play good or bad guys.
Published 18 months ago by Claire Dupuis
1.0 out of 5 stars albino alligator
rent this first. storyline no good and acting not very well done. boring and very slow all thru the movie
Published on October 29, 2011 by dvd bill
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been good, ended up average
A stake out, a botched robbery, a chase and finally, three bad guys holed up in a basement bar with a bunch of hostages. But they are not the only bad guys in the bar. Read more
Published on December 18, 2010 by John Peter O'connor
2.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Spacey Is a Legend in His Own Mind.
Viewed: 9/10
Rate: 3

9/10: The strong acting from the cast makes Albino Alligator watchable and gripping. Read more
Published on September 26, 2010 by Mr. Math Expert
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent dialogue drama....(ha! good aliteration!!)
There are some movies out there that, in my opinion, exist to give us faith in the movie industry. After years and years of main stream fluff (a family friendly term) and the... Read more
Published on November 25, 2007 by Austin
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Actors & Director but Bad Script
There's a superb cast assembled here. You have Faye Dunaway, Gary Sinise, Viggo Mortensen, Joe Mantegna and several others. Read more
Published on May 23, 2006 by Lisa Shea
3.0 out of 5 stars Great cast with dialogue that doesn't quite match up
I was drawn to buy this movie because of it's cast. The movie revolves around three desparate second rate crooks that get themselves in a mess and end up taking a tavern's patrons... Read more
Published on August 15, 2005 by man_from_earth
2.0 out of 5 stars Say What....?
....the ultimo movie about a bungled heist job and the crooks are holed out somewheres is....Reservior Dogs. This has great actors in it... Read more
Published on June 8, 2004 by yygsgsdrassil
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spaceman's Directorial Debut
I bought this DVD purely to hear the feature-length director's commentary by THE MAN himself, Kevin Spacey. I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published on July 13, 2002 by Ignacio Blade
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