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.


REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE
1967, Warner Bros., 108 min, USA, Dir: John Huston

Director John Huston’s adaptation of Carson McCullers’ weird Southern Gothic has NATIONAL VELVET’s Elizabeth Taylor all grown up, married to Major Marlon Brando but horsing around with married neighbor Brian Keith. Repressed Brando’s hung up by manliness, particularly in the form of private Robert Forster, who likes to ride bareback on Liz’s prize stallion. Co-starring Julie Harris.


MEDIUM COOL
1969, Paramount, 110 min, USA, Dir: Haskell Wexler

Photographed in and around the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, MEDIUM COOL stars Robert Forster as a cynical TV reporter trying to maintain his equilibrium amid tear gas, yippies, black militants and working-class mother Verna Bloom. Written, directed and shot by Haskell Wexler.


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