ALBINO ALLIGATOR: DVD
An inept trio of small time hoods, Dova (Dillon), Milo (Sinise) and Law (Fichtner), bungle a job and take shelter in a basement bar, a perfectly maintained relic of the 1920's prohibition era. At the same time, a Canadian gun runner escapes the FBI. Desperate for a car and a clean getaway, the trio take the five people in the bar hostage, and find themselves surrounded by Federal agents as well as the police - who believe they are onto the gun runner. What begins as a confusion of identities, develops into a question of desperation and the price we are willing to pay for survival, as the desperation of the hoods as well as the hostages escalates in the claustrophobic cellar bar.
Review by Louise Keller:
Compelling and evocative with superb performances, Kevin Spacey's directorial debut boasts a strong script and focused, imaginative direction. It's a character driven plot, with each character so solidly established that we are almost able to see into their respective minds. An uncluttered script contains surprising touches of humour as well as unexpected twists and turns. Great tension and atmosphere are effectively brewed by moody lighting, evocative music (often percussive) and direction that uses silences and tight close ups to great effect.
The relative lack of graphic violence on screen in no way minimises the impact: in fact, this is a good example of how what is NOT seen can be more powerful than seeing blood and guts spill all over the place.
Matt Dillon is his brooding best as Dova; Gary Sinese, tortured and troubled as his brother Milo; William Fichtner, violently uncompromising; Faye Dunaway, multi-layered with a conscience; Skeet Ulrich, quietly intriguing; Joe Mantegna, solid as the cop. And the large old movie poster showing Humphrey Bogart watching over the action is a haunting touch. Catch it, this one is really worth it.
Published August 25, 2005
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ALBINO ALLIGATOR: DVD (MA)
CAST: Matt Dillon, Gary Sinise, Faye Dunaway, Skeet Ulrich, Joe Mantegna, William Fichtner, Viggo Mortensen, John Spencer, M.Emmet Walsh
DIRECTOR: Kevin Spacey
SCRIPT: Christian Forte
RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: None
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: June 15, 2005