Albino Alligator

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Albino Alligator
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Kevin Spacey
Produced by Bradley Jenkel
Brad Krevoy
Steven Stabler
Written by Christian Forte
Music by Michael Brook
Cinematography Mark Plummer
Edited by Jay Lash Cassidy
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date
  • January 17, 1997 (1997-01-17)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6 million
Box office $339,379

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 after being cornered by the police. The title refers to an anecdote told in the film, claiming that alligators will use an albino among them as 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 their partner, 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 but fails 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 decides whether to surrender or start letting Law shoot hostages one at a time.



Critical response[edit]

Reviews for the film were generally mixed. It maintains a 44% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


Faye Dunaway was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award as Worst Supporting Actress.


Albino Alligator
Soundtrack album by Michael Brook
Released 11 February 1997
Recorded Hybrid Studios; Music Annex Studios; John Keane Recording Studio
Genre Film score, ambient, jazz
Length 48:06
Label 4AD
Producer Michael Brook
Michael Brook chronology
Night Song
Albino Alligator
The Seven Steps to Mercy
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

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.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Michael Brook, except where noted.

1."Arrival" 5:01
2."Doggie Dog" 1:52
3."Slow Town" 2:34
4."Preparation" 3:18
5."Miscalculator" 1:44
6."Aftermath" 4:39
7."Tunnel" 5:00
8."Albo Gator" 4:18
9."The Promise" 4:36
10."The City" 5:46
11."The Kicker" 1:48
12."Exit" 4:16
13."Ill Wind (You're Blowing Me No Good)" (featuring Michael Stipe, Jimmy Scott, and Flea)Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler3:34


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