ALLIGATOR
1980, British Lion-Columbia Distributors, 92 min, USA, Dir: Lewis Teague

Twelve years after a baby alligator is flushed down the toilet, it grows to mammoth size in the city sewer system (thanks to a diet of hormonally enhanced animals improperly disposed of by a local research facility). When bodies start popping up, Chicago detective Robert Forster is the first - and only - authority figure to grasp the reality of what is happening. Screenplay by John Sayles.


VANISHING POINT
1971, 20th Century Fox, 97 min, USA, Dir: Richard Sarafian

Ex-stock car driver and uncompromising loner, Kowalski (Barry Newman) drives a turbo-charged white Dodge Challenger into psychedelicized oblivion, pursued by an army of cops and naked motorcyclists. The great Cleavon Little co-stars as "Super Soul," blind disc jockey and visionary madman of the airwaves. Fasten your seatbelts. With Severn Darden, Dean Jagger and Paul Koslo.


KING CREOLE
1958, Paramount, 116 min, Dir: Michael Curtiz

Director Michael Curtiz (CASABLANCA) directs yet one more of The King’s better films. Although the studio and The Colonel toned things down a bit, this adaptation of Harold Robbins’ bestseller A Stone For Danny Fisher remains surprisingly good. Young New Orleans punk and high school dropout Danny (Elvis) quits his busboy job and wrangles his way into performing a song in front of a club’s duly-stunned patrons. Before long, he is in demand and being pressured by mobster club owner Maxie Fields (Walter Matthau) to sign an exclusive contract. Elvis once again receives grand support from such pros as Carolyn Jones, Dolores Hart (his leading lady in LOVING YOU and a future real-life nun!), Dean Jagger, Vic Morrow and Paul Stewart. Songs include the title ditty as well as "Hard Headed Woman," "Trouble" and more!


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