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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 the way 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 without success 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


Critical response[]

Reviews for the film were generally mixed. It maintains a 47% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.