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Overall Rating
2.35

Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look: 15.38%
Average: 15.38%
Pretty Bad57.69%
Total Crap: 11.54%

2 reviews, 14 user ratings


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Albino Alligator
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by Chris Parry

"Wasted talent, wasted space, wasted time."
2 stars

Kevin Spacey's directorial debut has all the hallmarks of someone trying to prove themselves in the field. Long lingering shots, dramatic pauses, off-kilter framing and conflict aplenty. Spacey being the biggest of bigwigs, he also got a top line array of acting talent (well, big names, if not talented ones). What Albino Alligator is lacking is story, real style, scenery, and genuine interest.

A trio of crooks take refuge in a bar when a getaway goes wrong and they take the local barfly's hostage. Cue disagreement between the crooks as to what to do next, some hostages with secrets of their own, a street full of cops and a TV news reporter looking for a big story.

Albino Alligator isn't a good film. It drove me to a crossword during the climax. I'm sure Spacey made it on the cheap and I'm sure he dragged in some favors to get it going, but it's not going to get him to the Mel Gibson stage of being able to do anything he damn chooses. If anything it's a little embarasssing.

Having said all that, it isn't consistently awful, it's just not consistently anything. It's bland as watery gravy and at times as clear as same. The characters are muddled and lifeless. The situation is overdone. The humor restricted to one joke of quality.

Saturday night video fare? Nah. Bored at 3am and need something to send you to sleep? Bingo.

And if Matt Dillon tries to do drama again - someone show him that Meatballs flick he was in. Thank you good night.

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originally posted: 01/24/99 16:27:41
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User Comments

8/07/13 PAUL SHORTT ABSURD THRILLER DESPITE A GOOD CAST 2 stars
1/15/04 Betty White Solid performances & direction, but gets tiredsome quickly. 3 stars
12/30/03 sarah matt dillon is supposed to do 'good stuff'?? 3 stars
4/25/03 mr. Pink Quite watchable thriller and debut. Dunaway and Dillon give very good perfs. 4 stars
9/05/02 Chancey Thunderpants Where the fuck was the alligator???????? 2 stars
9/30/99 the Grinch Mmm..ok, maybe catch it on Cinemax:Vanguard Cinema...a bit bland and dragged alot 3 stars
7/26/99 stuart buxton Shot tight and filmed in sequence. That tension builds means it grows, succeeds & resonates 4 stars
1/23/99 C Dub Disappointing, especially with that cast 2 stars
11/02/98 MR HOLLYWOOD !! Dunaway/Mortenson are the only charac. that kept me watching,kinda slow though......... 3 stars
9/13/98 Paul Leone Very underrated - I loved the cast. 4 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball Yeesh. Am I the only one that really liked this film? 4 stars
8/23/98 Mister Whoopee Wow. Harsh words all round. Sucked balls. 1 stars
8/19/98 f*r*o*s*t*y Fuck you, Matt Dillon! You're supposed to do GOOD stuff. Sheesh. 1 stars
8/17/98 Miss Stress bad bad horrible horrible horrible, and there was no alligator which pissed me off 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  24-Jan-1997 (R)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  02-Jul-1997 (MA)


Directed by
  Kevin Spacey

Written by
  Christian Forte

Cast
  Matt Dillon
  Faye Dunaway
  William Fichtner
  Viggo Mortenson
  Skeet Ulrich



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