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Albino Alligator (1996)

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While escaping from a foiled robbery attempt, three thieves find themselves surrounded by police at a New Orleans bar--only they're not the people the police are searching for.

Director:

Kevin Spacey

Writer:

Christian Forte
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Dova
Faye Dunaway ... Janet
Gary Sinise ... Milo
William Fichtner ... Law
Viggo Mortensen ... Guy
John Spencer ... Jack
Skeet Ulrich ... Danny
Frankie Faison ... Marv
Melinda McGraw ... Jenny
M. Emmet Walsh ... Dino
Joe Mantegna ... G.D. Browning
Doug Spinuzza ... Agent #1
Spencer Garrett ... Agent #2
Enrico Colantoni ... Agent #3
Tulsy Ball Tulsy Ball ... A.T.F. Agent
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Storyline

Three petty thieves who the police believe to be major criminals are chased into a basement bar where they take five hostages including all the bar employees. The rest of the movie deals with the cops lurking outside the bar while the trio try to get hold of the situation inside. Written by Danny Paikov <deepee@netvision.net.il>

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Deliberate sacrifice for deliberate gain. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Albino Alligator See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$101,176, 20 January 1997

Gross USA:

$339,379

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$339,379
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Spacey made it a point to keep a lot of the violence off-screen, focusing mostly on the performances and the directorial flourishes. See more »

Goofs

Because of the city's proximity to sea level, it is difficult, if not impossible to have underground (basement) dwellings in New Orleans. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Agent #1: Why do I always get the shit-end of these assignment? I'd like to ask that question.
Agent #2: [chuckles] What the hell were you expecting, Bobby, Waco?
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Connections

References Dead Reckoning (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good)
Written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler
Performed by Jimmy Scott, Michael Stipe, Michael Brook & Flea
Used by permission of EMI Mills Music Inc.,
SA Music Co., Fred Ahlert Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Jimmy Scott, Michael Stipe & Flea appear courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Michael Brook appears courtesy of 4AD
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Tense little drama
4 September 2001 | by DB-08-DBSee all my reviews

Albo Gator (to quote Bill Fichtner) is a tense little drama, superbly acted. The film is so small in scale and so tightly staged that it feels very personal to watch. The film, written by Christian Forte, tells the story of three small time hoods (Matt Dillon, William Fichtner and Gary Sinise) on the run who take shelter (and hostages) in a small down-town bar. As the tension escalates within the bar, so does the chaos outside, as the police surround the building and begin negotiations. The film feels very much like a stage production, which is not a bad thing. In fact, it feels like a very good stage production. The performances are nothing short of dynamite, the bar itself being filled with the who's who of modern character actors and supporting players. The great M. Emmett Walsh is the owner of the establishment and on this particular night his unfortunate customers includes trucker John Spencer, tough-cookie Faye Dunaway, pool player Skeet Ulrich and enigmatic stranger Viggo Mortensen, who may or may not be hiding something. They are all great in their respective roles. Dillon, Fichtner and Sinise shine as the conflicted criminals. The jazzy score from Michael Brooke is the icing on the cake. Albino Alligator, small but perfectly formed.


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