Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Kevin Spacey|
|Produced by||Bradley Jenkel
|Written by||Christian Forte|
|Music by||Michael Brook|
|Edited by||Jay Lash Cassidy|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
Albino Alligator is a 1997 American crime thriller film the directorial debut of Kevin Spacey, and stars Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway and Gary Sinise. It tells the story of three small-time criminals who take hostages when they are cornered by the police. The title refers to an anecdote told in the movie, claiming that alligators will use an albino among them as a sacrifice, so that the opposing alligators will be distracted and become prey themselves.
Brothers Dova (Matt Dillon) and Milo (Gary Sinise) are small-time crooks. They and a partner named Law (William Fichtner) pull a holdup in New Orleans that goes terribly wrong. A police officer is killed, as are two other men. The robbers flee to a local bar, Dino's Last Chance, desperately taking everyone inside hostage. Milo is seriously wounded and bleeding. Law is a sociopath who is ready and willing to kill anyone who gets in his way. Dova is their leader, trying to keep the situation calm while federal agents, led by Browning (Joe Mantegna), surround the bar. A bar employee, Janet (Faye Dunaway), tries with failure to reason with the intruders. Her boss, Dino, behind the bar, secretly has a shotgun that he is hoping to get a chance to use. Besides a barfly (John Spencer) who is barely coherent and a younger man (Skeet Ulrich) shooting pool, there is one other customer (Viggo Mortensen), a man named Foucard dressed in a business suit, who is not as innocent as he seems. As the life of Milo slips away and the robbers' demands to the cops go unmet, Dova must decide whether to surrender or start letting Law shoot hostages one at a time.
- Matt Dillon as Dova
- Faye Dunaway as Janet Boudreaux
- Gary Sinise as Milo
- William Fichtner as Law
- Viggo Mortensen as Guy Foucard
- John Spencer as Jack
- Skeet Ulrich as Danny Boudreaux
- Frankie Faison as ATF Agent Marv Rose
- Melinda McGraw as Jenny Ferguson
- Joe Mantegna as A.T.F. Agent G.D. Browning
- M. Emmet Walsh as Dino
- Jeff Hoffman as Jenny's Cameraman
Reviews for the film were generally mixed. It maintains a 47% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
|Soundtrack album by Michael Brook|
|Released||11 February 1997|
|Recorded||Hybrid Studios; Music Annex Studios; John Keane Recording Studio|
|Genre||Film score, ambient, jazz|
|Michael Brook chronology|
Ambient guitarist and record producer Michael Brook produced the score for Albino Alligator. The soundtrack was released by 4AD on CD in the United States on 11 February 1997, and CD and vinyl LP in the United Kingdom on 24 February 1997. The score includes a cover of "Ill Wind (You're Blowing Me No Good)" featuring bass by Flea and guest vocals from R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and jazz singer Jimmy Scott.
All songs written and composed by Michael Brook, except where noted.
|13.||"Ill Wind (You're Blowing Me No Good" (featuring Michael Stipe, Jimmy Scott, and Flea)||Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler||3:34|
- Official website
- Albino Alligator at the Internet Movie Database
- Albino Alligator at Rotten Tomatoes
- Albino Alligator at Box Office Mojo
- Raggett, Ned. "Albino Alligator - Michael Brook : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 December 2015.