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Alligator (1980)

Robert Forster , Robin Riker , Lewis Teague  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo, Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick
  • Directors: Lewis Teague
  • Writers: Frank Ray Perilli, John Sayles
  • Producers: Brandon Chase, Mark L. Rosen, Robert S. Bremson, Tom Jacobson
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,531 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alligator" on IMDb

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Twelve years ago two incidents occurred which bore no similarity until now. After returning from their Florida vacation, the Kendal family decided their pet baby alligator was too much of a nuisance and flushed him down the toilet. At the same time, Slade Laboratories was conducting secret hormonal experiments with dogs and the dead dogs were disposed of in the city sewer. The baby alligator fed on the dead dogs... and after twelve years its body chemistry took on grotesque mutations. When several brutal murders are discovered, David Madison is put on the case to find the so-called Jack-the-Ripper killer. But this is no human psychopath - it is a ravaging animal-turned-monster bent on destroying everything in its wake.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A VERY LARGE ALLIGATOR, WITH A VERY LARGE BITE"...... October 1, 2007
I remember in Brooklyn N.Y., hearing the commercial for Alligator on am radio in early 1980, and always wanted to see it, but I never got around to it, I finally saw it on tv in the mid 1980s. I must say I wasn't dissapointed in the mid 1980s and I'm not dissapointed with this 2007 dvd rerelease. Great pristine film transfer. Nice dolby 5.1 sound, make Alligator sound in a whole different way on a theatre system. Alligator came out in 1980, during this time the Age Of Gore 1978-1983 was in full swing, so Alligator was one of the gore gems to come out during this Age Of Gore. Alligator was based on urban legend about alligators in the sewar. The year is 1968, and a pet alligator named Ramone gets flushed down the toilet by an angry father. Twelve years later in 1980, this gator has grown to a prehistoric sized 36 foot. Thanks to the gators diet of discarded lab steroid tested animal experiments, it has grown to this enormous size. Alligator writers John Saylesand Frank Perilli and director Lewis Teague makes the viewer aware of the sociol status and economics in society. ex: As you watch this gator wreck havoc through the movie, Ramone( the Gator) starts its havoc in the impoverished neighborhoods and finally action is taken when the gator becomes a problem for the upper class. Robert Forster plays a believable detective David Madison, say what you want about this movie, but Forsters part was played incredibly well. Forsters charachter Detective David Madison was likable, calm collective guy, or a guy who would steal every cent you have. Robert Forster made you believe he was this charachter. Robin Ryker plays a a belivable herpetologists Dr. Marissa Kendall and an attractive love interest for detective Dave Madison. Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good, little known film October 28, 2002
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"Alligator" is a very good little B movie that deserves a much wider audience than it has to date. I don't even remember it being commercially released; I've caught it several times on late night TV. But it's a tight, fast-paced, unpretentious film, generally well acted and with a few nifty surprises. At the start of the movie, a little girl buys a baby alligator from an old Seminole Indian in Florida. Dad isn't thrilled to have a baby gator in the house, and in a fit of pique one afternoon he flushes it down the toilet. Down goes the gator into the town's sewer system, which coincidentally is chock full of dead pets, mostly kidnapped cats and dogs, which a villainous vet has been injecting growth hormones into before dumping them into the sewer. Fast-forward 12 years later; the baby gator, still in the sewer after chowing down on animal cadavers bloated with growth hormones for the past dozen years, has grown into a behemoth with a ravenous appetite and an indiscriminate taste for anything it can chomp on, including humans. Yuck... body parts start turning up in the city's sewage system, including a couple of sewer workers, a newspaper reporter, and a policeman who went down into the sewer to investigate the shenanigans. His erstwhile partner, nicely played by Robert Forster, and a young biologist (who else but the little girl now grown up?) team up to try to find out what's going on. But the alligator is getting kind of bored stuck in the sewer, and one hot night it blasts itself through a concrete sidewalk in the middle of a stickball game, and the chase is on as the gator turns up in dark alleys, a swimming pool, and the town lake, before indecorously crashing the villainous vet's wedding reception and chomping on the guests. Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flick Has Some Bite To It October 13, 2007
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This flick is a potpourri of great trivia. Star Robert Forster made his mark in "Medium Cool" only to slip into B-movie abyss before being resurrected(and Oscar nominated) by Quentin Tarantino in "Jackie Brown". Co-star Robin Riker would later play Chris Elliott's nemesis in the cult sitcom "Get A Life". The film's perfunctory heavy, Dean Jagger, won an Oscar for "Twelve O'Clock High". Oscar nominee for "Godfather II", Michael V. Gazzo is also on hand here. Sidney Lassick who plays the diabolical pet store owner was in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". John Ford regular Mike Mazurki has a bit as a security guard. Sue Lyon, the original Lolita, has a bit as a TV reporter. As for John Sayles' script it's intelligent but it's not as witty as it want's to be. There are too many obvious gags like a decapitated sewer worker named Ed Norton or a hospital intercom paging a Dr. Howard. What I felt distinguished the film was Lewis Teague's direction. Teague really knows how to ratchet the scares and suspense. The alligator looked realistically menacing and that compensates for a lot of the flat tongue-in-cheek qualities of the film. On a final note, when are they going to release Teague's shot-in-Philly vigilante flick "Fighting Back" with Tom Skerritt and Michael Sarrazin on DVD?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun creature feature April 4, 2006
If you like giant-creature-on-the-loose movies, check this flick out. It's better than the usual Z-grade garbage you often get from this genre, because it has a taut, witty script by esteemed screenwriter John Sayles and snappy, fast-paced direction by Lewis Teague ("Jewel of the Nile"). It's currently available on DVD only as an NTSC Korean release, but a word of warning: I have this DVD and it appears to have been authored incorrectly. The cover says it's 4:3 full frame, but when I played it on my 4:3 TV, the picture looked thin and squished, as though the original source video was actually anamorphic 16:9. I think there was also an Anchor Bay DVD release a few years ago but I have a feeling it's out of print.

NOVEMBER 2007 UPDATE: This movie is now available as a Region 1 NTSC release with some special features.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this movie as a kid. So I had to buy it and I still love it lol!!!
Published 1 day ago by neil christiano
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical story of nature gone wild
Alligator is a twist on the nature gone wild theme. In this case, man helped nature by altering the alligators environment - in this case, it's food
Published 2 months ago by Pete N. Austira
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie Don't pay high price
Alligator is a fun film, unfortunately it is out of print and the price skyrocketed. However there is a blu-ray that is region free from Amazon Germany that you can import for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. HIGGINS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Finally, a high quality DVD print (with extras, thank Heaven) of the classic 1980 title "Alligator. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
5.0 out of 5 stars What expected
I liked this movie and decided to have a copy (DVD) at my disposal. I enjoy viewing my favorite movies again and again. This movie was as good as the first time I saw it.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brande
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband requested this one
My husband remembered being scared of this as a kid, and asked me to buy it. It was the first time I saw it. He sure seemed to enjoy the stroll down memory lane with it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jelly Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars A black humor tour de force
Despite its grisly theme, this underrated film about a massive alligator named Ramon is hysterically funny. The posh social event sequence is a laugh riot. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sylvie C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome badness!
This movie is a great B horror movie. So much fun to watch with a group of friends and make fun of the bad acting, bad storyline, bad effects and everything else. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD but missing deleted scenes
Alligator is one of the best films cut from the "JAWS" cloth. It works the same way the 1978 horror film Piranha works, by not taking itself too seriously and having fun with the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Anton
4.0 out of 5 stars Alligator Reviewed
This is one of the best films I have about Alligators. Although they aren't as powerful as crcodiles they still can kill and eat you and like crocodiles are throw backs to the days... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Robert Richards
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