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NYPD detectives Shepard and Powell are working on a bizarre case of a ritualistic Aztec murder. Meanwhile, something big is attacking people of New York and only greedy small time crook Jimmy Quinn knows where its lair is.

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Larry Cohen

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Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Moriarty ... Jimmy Quinn
Candy Clark ... Joan
David Carradine ... Shepard
Richard Roundtree ... Powell
James Dixon ... Lt. Murray
Malachy McCourt ... Commissioner
Fred J. Scollay ... Capt. Fletcher
Peter Hock Peter Hock ... Det. Clifford
Ron Cey Ron Cey ... Det. Hoberman
Mary Louise Weller ... Mrs. Pauley
Bruce Carradine Bruce Carradine ... The Victim
John Capodice ... Doyle
Tony Page ... Webb
Larkin Ford Larkin Ford ... Curator
Larry Pine ... The Professor
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New York police are bemused by a spate of reports of a giant flying lizard that has been spotted around the rooftops of New York, which they assume to be bogus until the lizard starts to eat people. An out-of-work, ex-con piano player is the only person who knows the location of the monster's nest and is determined to turn the knowledge to his advantage, but will his gamble pay off or will he end up as lizard food? Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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"Q" is Here! See more »

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Crime | Horror | Mystery

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Trivia

The willing human sacrifice in the third act is played by Carradine's brother, Bruce. See more »

Goofs

When Shepard visits the museum to ask about human sacrifices, the curator explains Aztec practices while gesturing and referring to the displays around them. These are however not Aztec, but North-Western Native American costumes and artifacts made at least 400 years later by a different culture thousands of miles to the North. See more »

Quotes

Shepard: [as ambulance staff wheel away a covered headless corpse] Hey, what are you looking for?
Powell: Looking for the head. The only place I haven't looked is up in the parapets.
Shepard: Won't be much left of it. You ever drop a cantaloupe from 40 stories?
Powell: [Ambulance doors slam shut] All right, so what the hell do you make out of this?
Shepard: Well, I figure something fell out of one of the windows from the floor up above. Hit him. Sheared his head clean off. A shard of glass or something like that.
Powell: There are no broken ...
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Alternate Versions

The original theatrical print, as well as the HBO and Cinemax airing, and the syndicated TV print, at the finale of Q, with the shot of the new egg hatching and the camera zooming inside to black, instead of cutting to the credits, a title card stating that Michael Moriarty's character sued the city and got $1 million tax-free , yet all video and DVD of this film is missing this. See more »

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Soundtracks

Let's Fall Apart Together Tonight
Music by Andy Goldmark
Lyrics by Andy Goldmark and Janelle Webb (as Janelle Webb Cohen)
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Top Notch, a grade A+ SCI-FI Flick
13 March 1999 | by sly-22See all my reviews

This masterpiece of modern science fiction stands in a class all by itself. the story has a little something for everyone, it has humour,action and excitement, and most of all great special effects. This geat godzilla style 80's monster movie really hits the mark. Gigantic winged reptile stalking new york city reflects horror flicks of the 50's.Truly a cult classic. one of my favorites, I recommend this one to any fan of the genre. However, the squeamish should avoid at all cost.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1982 (USA) See more »

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Q: Winged Serpent See more »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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