Original Australian Daybill Movie Poster Alligator
Alligator is a 1980 American horror film directed by Lewis Teague and written by John Sayles. It stars Robert Forster, Robin Riker and Michael V. Gazzo. It also includes an appearance by actress Sue Lyon in her last screen role to date. Set in Chicago, the film follows a police officer and a reptile expert to track a giant murderous sewer alligator, flushed down the toilet years earlier that is attacking residents after escaping from the sewers. The film received praise from critics for its intentional satirizing. Kim Newman of Empire magazine praised its "witty" script, "solid performances, effective effects", and "spirited B-level direction". Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino said that the character Max Cherry of his 1997 film Jackie Brown was inspired by David Madison, Robert Forster's character. The film now enjoys a cult following in some circles.