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Alligator (1980)

Sleazy pet store owner Luke Gutchel (Sydney Lassick) has been dog-snatching puppies for the illegal research experiments of unscrupulous pharmaceutical executive Slade (Dean Jagger).

A baby alligator flushed into the Chicago sewer system has grown to an enormous size by feeding on the carcasses of pets injected with a growth hormone.

Detective David Madison (Robert Forster) meets herpetologist Marisa Kendall (Robin Riker) while investigating both the pet disappearances and a spate of dismemberment murders in the sewers.

Nobody believes him after he barely escapes from a massive, 36-foot killer gator loose in the streets beneath Chicago.

At the outset, the film smacks of just another absurd horror outing, but director Lewis Teague quickly lays on the style and excitement.

There are polished special effects, a serviceable script and capable performances from Forster and Riker. This reptile is not a match for the shark in Jaws, but it does have plenty of bite (sorry!).

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Detective David Madison
Robert Forster
Marisa Kendall
Robin Riker
Slade
Dean Jagger
Police Chief Clark
Michael V. Gazzo
Jim Kelly
Perry Lang
Colonel Brock
Henry Silva
Lou Gutchel
Sydney Lassick
Mayor Ledoux
Jack Carter
Thomas Kemp
Bart Braverman
Mad Bomber
John Lisbon Wood
Helms
James Ingersoll
Bill
Robert Doyle
Madeline
Patti Jerome
Bob
Buckley Norris
Callan
Royce D. Applegate
Seedy
Simmy Bow
Shamsky
Jim Boeke
Meyer
Stan Haze
Sloan
James Arone
Sergeant Rice
Peter Miller
Joey
Pat Petersen
Sparks
Frederick Long
Ross
Ed Brodow
Stanley
Larry Margo
Purdy
Philip Luther
Ashe
John Goff
Dot
Bella Buck
Ann Kendall
Carly Browne
Hector
Tink Williams
Chi Chi
Corkey Ford
Tyrone
Charles R. Penland

Director
Lewis Teague