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Lewis Teague directed this sly horror-comedy from a script by John Sayles, which plays off the old urban legend about the dangers of flushing one's pet alligator down the toilet. One such unlucky reptile is "Ramon," who survives in the subterranean cesspool by feeding on the steroid-saturated carcasses of dogs dumped there by chemical company researchers and eventually bulks up to the size of a Winnebago. When assorted sewage workers start disappearing into Ramon's massive maw, hard-boiled cop David Madison (Robert Forster), who has a history of unlucky partners, reveals a strong personal interest in the case. Deemed a jinx and a nutcase by his superiors, he's kicked off the force and must go underground (literally) to destroy the beast with the help of young reptile-expert Marion (Robin Riker). The witty screenplay is filled with clever references, eccentric characters and in-jokes aplenty (a style reflective of Joe Dante's Joe Dante and Joe Dante, both of which Sayles also scripted), which combines with decent effects and a good amount of suspense (particularly in the sewer scenes) to make this an entertaining romp overall. Highlights include Henry Silva's over-the-top performance as a misplaced big-game hunter who recruits urban "native guides" in his back-alley search for the elusive Ramon. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

  • Release date:July 2, 1980

Cast

Robert Forster
as David Madison
Robin Riker
as Marisa Kendall
Michael Vincente Gazzo
as Police Chief Clark
Dean Jagger
as Slade, the Tycoon
Perry Lang
as Kelly
Henry Silva
as Col. Brock
Jack Carter
as Mayor
Bart Braverman
as Kemp, the reporter
Pat Petersen
John Sayles
Lewis Teague
Sidney Lassick
as Gutchel
James Ingersoll
as Helms
John Lisbon Wood
as Mad Bomber
Patti Jerome
as Madeline
Buckley Norris
as Bob
Royce D. Applegate
as Callan
Tom Kindle
as Announcer
Angel Tompkins
as Reporter
Sue Lyon
as ABC Reporter
Simmy Bow
as Seedy
Jim Boeke
as Shamsky
Stan Haze
as Meyer
James Arone
as Sloan
Peter Miller
as Sgt. Rice
Ed Brodow
as Ross
Larry Marko
as Stanley
John F. Goff
as Ashe
Richard Partlow
as Policeman 2
Dick Richards
as Gator Vendor 2
Bella Bruck
as Dot
Corky Ford
as Chi Chi
Anita Keith
as Old Lady
Mike Mazurki
as Gatekeeper
Margaret Muse
as Society Matron
James Ingersoll
as Helms
John Lisbon Wood
as Mad Bomber
James Arone
as Sloan
Buckley Norris
as Bob
Tom Kindle
as Announcer
Sidney Lassick
as Gutchel
Corky Ford
as Chi Chi
Stan Haze
as Meyer
Bella Bruck
as Dot
Royce D. Applegate
as Callan
Ed Brodow
as Ross
Larry Marko
as Stanley
Patti Jerome
as Madeline
Mike Mazurki
as Gatekeeper
Richard Partlow
as Policeman 2
Anita Keith
as Old Lady
Jim Boeke
as Shamsky
Dick Richards
as Gator Vendor 2
John F. Goff
as Ashe
Angel Tompkins
as Reporter
Simmy Bow
as Seedy
Sue Lyon
as ABC Reporter
Peter Miller
as Sgt. Rice

Crew

Lewis Teague
Director
John Sayles
Screenwriter
Frank Ray Perilli
Screen Story
Joseph Mangine
Cinematographer
Craig Hundley
Composer (Music Score)
Larry Bock
Editor
Tom Jacobson
Associate Producer
Richard Helmer
Special Effects
Tom Jacobson
Production Manager
Marianne Chase
Executive in Charge of Production
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