While they look alike to the untrained eye, crocodiles and alligators do have distinct differences. In the film world however, they cause equal the amount of damage. Today we are going to be looking at the most memorable movie scenes featuring either a crocodile, a alligator or both. From the hilarious to the detrimental, it‘s all covered. No animals were hurt during the writing of this article.
10. Giant Alligator Crashes Party – Alligator (1980)
A baby Alligator is flushed down the toilet and banished to a life in the sewers. The thing then grows exponentially over time due to hormonal experimented dog carcasses he’s been feasting on. Then he roams around town chomping on anything he can sink his teeth into. You get the gist of it?
9. The Gator Show – Joe Dirt (2001)
Joe Dirt is David Spade’s magnum opus, a redneck with a heart of gold who just wants to know who is real parents are. Well, Joe still has to pay the bills and he does this by hosting a gator show where he apparently just puts his head into a gators mouth to show that he can. This case in particular doesn’t work out in Joe’s favor, the gator chomps down on Joe and flings him around like a piece of meat. The audience applauds appropriately.
8. Robin Williams Wrestles an Alligator – Jumanji (1995)
In Jumanji, Robin Williams plays a guy who has been trapped in a wild animal filled board game for over twenty years. We see almost every animal you can think of in the film, from lions, tigers and…you get the point. A vicious alligator also makes an appearance as it tries to chomp on a cluster of victims including a young Kirsten Dunst. Williams springs into action, subduing the Gator temporally but successfully.
7. Betty White’s Potty Mouth – Lake Placid (1999)
A 30-foot-long man-eating crocodileterrorizes a bunch of good folks in upstate, Maine. There are plenty of memorable moments from this film but for this writer the most memorable is a line from miss Betty White. After it is revealed that she has been feeding the crocodile for over six years she is meet with hostility. She replies coolly; “If I had a d***, this is where I’d tell you to suck it.”
6. James Bond’s Crocodile Farm Escape – Live And Let Die (1973)
The Roger Moore James Bond era was quite the silly period of time indeed. We saw the most ridiculous films and moments ever during his tenure. One scene from Live and Let Die stands out in particular. After being stranded in the middle of a swamp surrounded by crocodiles and alligators Bond makes a swift escape by jumping on the backs of several of the animals one at a time. Bond just makes things look TOO easy sometimes.
5. Arnold Schwarzenegger vs. an Alligator (1996)
In Eraser Arnold Schwarzenegger plays an agent in charge of making people disappear via the witness protection program. While hiding/protecting Vanessa L. Williams’ character he finds himself at a zoo being attacked by a huge silly looking CGI alligator (don’t you hate when that happens?). Arnold takes him out with a single shot to the throat before proclaiming that he’s “luggage.”
4. A Crocodile Attacks Sue – “Crocodile” Dundee (1986)
“Crocodile” Dundee is an Australian comedy featuring Paul Hogan brandishing big ass knives to unsuspecting New Yorkers. Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee is also quite the pervert as well. After basically stalking a young Sue Charlton, he watches her as she strips to her bikini and gets ready to take a dip. It isn’t until a Crocodile comes out of nowhere that Dundee makes his presence known and slays the beast. A romance ensues; I guess being a peeping tom can have its benefits.
3. Alligator Tightrope – Jackass: The Movie (2002)
Steve-O has always been the craziest of the entire Jackass crew. In the crew’s first cinematic outing he proved just that. Attempting to walk tightrope over a small pool of alligators he falls several times. He goes as far as to put a piece of meat between his buttocks and letting the gator chomp away. He is literally whiskers away from having his buns chewed right the freak off.
2. Jim Carrey Taunts a Crocodile – Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
The sequel to the original 1994 film finds Ace (Jim Carrey) heading to Africa to find the whereabouts of a sacred bat. The film is filled with many memorable animal moments such as; Ace regurgitating food to feed to some stray birds and going batshit (guano, get it?) when has to touch the great white bat.
After Ace miraculously survives falling off of a waterfall he is ecstatic, until a lone crocodile comes along. The two engage in battle with Ace gaining the upper hand. He hilariously taunts the animal with a “quit hitting yourself” schoolboy routine.
1. Adam Sandler Wants His Ball Back – Happy Gilmore (1996)
Remember when Adam Sandler was genuinely hilarious and did awesome things? Well, Happy Gilmore had Sandler doing some of his most awesomeness, starring as the titular character. An aggressive Hockey player regulated to playing golf to raise money for his poor old grandmother, he gets trained by one of the greats in the sport, Chubbs Peterson (played by Carl Weathers). We learn early on that an Alligator took Chubbs’ hand and he has been forced to live with a shabby wooden replacement ever since.
Happy eventually comes face to face with the gator and exacts revenge on behalf of his friend. After the gator steals one of his golf balls Gilmore goes to retrieve it; in other words, he beats the crap out of him.
Honorable mentions: Killer Crocodile (1989), Eaten Alive (1977), The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard (2009), Fantasia (1940), Rouge (2007), Black Water (2007), Any Given Sunday (1999), and Primeval (2007).
What gator scene is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.