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Il Fiume Del Grande Caimano
(The Great Alligator)
We admit that sometimes we are the supporters of the angry animal who
kills a lot of people. This is this case, where men build a resort in
the middle of the forest, then filled with squalid tourists. Here
the animal is right and even more so those of the local tribe who
think that the white men has awakened the evil spirit of the river.
Apart from this, however, "Il Fiume Del Grande Caimano" escapes the
logic of angry animals, showing more adventure's movies characteristics
Yes, there is an animal, there are some dead people, but it's all a
little smash on the film, it's all told than seen.
Maybe the fault is in the fact that the whole budget is going to the
trip to Sri Lanka (where the movie was shot), but we have to seen a
rubber caiman, extremely tight shots to make credible scenes and models
of houses that were burned.
We must also say that Sergio Martino takes a lot of effort in building
a credible film. He succeeded well enough to create a product enjoyable
but very craft movie that only the skilled hands of director as Martino
can keep up.
There is not nothing new under the sun ( where is set at Tropics or in
Africa?) because it follows the orthodoxy of gender reusing all the
benchmarks. The stereotypical characters are all there: the hero, the
beautiful woman, the bad and greedy that denies all and a great numbers
of peons in there only for a bad end.
In the narrative level Martino puts everything in a fast story,
keep up the "pathos" from beginning to end, trying to give some
emotion. Crafty too.
The story tells of Daniel Nessel a photographer commissioned to do some
advertising photos for a new resort. Led by Joshua facilities manager
he starts working, putting his eyes on the two beauties of history
Laura, and especially Alice.
But the handsome hero does not have much time to do the Latin-lover,
because slowly realizes that from the river arrive a threat: a
monstrous caiman and the natives seeking revenge.
Like every movie like this, the skeptics are tenacious, represented
here by the cynical Joshua more worried about losing money than the
lifes of his customers. As for the "cannon fodder" we are faced with a
vast array more than ever appropriate. All the worst kind of tourists
are represented here. The obese old girl who invents sex stories, the
young mother with the lover and the little daughter sly, sassy
(but basically nice), the racist and the large group of young hotheads,
in which figure the presence of Lory Del Santo in a small part in
costume or in topless.
Barbara Bach is the female lead Alice. Not very expressive, no doubt
about it, but certainly very beautiful, a natural beauty. She starred
in some movies in Italy, then arrives the fame as Bond girl in
"Agent-007 The Spy Who Loved" and finally the wedding with Ringo Starr
and a gradual exit from the show business.
The hero is played by Claudio Cassinelli, a character not too much for
him, but he manages to hide his faults in the speed of the story.
Cassinelli was a good actor, he starred in big productions the he
starred in some "Cinema Di Genere" movie, tragically he died in a
helicopter crash on the set of Martino's movie.
Mel Ferrer, is the bad Joshua, we have already spoken about him several
times. He is very good in this role, although he doesn't so much
effort. Other actors here were very famous at time, such as Romano
Puppo, Peter Boom and "Franco Causio" Enzo Fisichella (amazing even
here the similarity with the football player as reported in