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Main Details

  • Released in 1980 | Color
  • Running Time: 89 min | Argentina:92 min
  • Production Co: Alligator Inc.
  • Distributed by Group 1 International Distribution Organization Ltd. | British Lion-Columbia (BLC) Distributors (theatrical)
  • Directed by Lewis Teague
  • Written by John Sayles, Frank Ray Perilli
  • Starring Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo, Dean Jagger, Henry Silva
  • Produced by Robert S. Bremson, Brandon Chase, Tom Jacobson, Mark L. Rosen
  • Original Music by Craig Hundley
  • Cinematography by Joseph Mangine
  • Film Editing by Larry Bock, Ron Medico

Plot Summary

  • A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage.


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