While searching for a small fortune of embezzled money, an ex-con, a small-time bandleader, his doting wife and a kooky drifter find themselves being followed. Their chase takes them to ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A lonely Navy sailor falls in love with a hooker and becomes a surrogate father figure for her son during an extended liberty due to his service records being lost.

Director: Mark Rydell
Stars: James Caan, Marsha Mason, Kirk Calloway
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Mike Locke, who works for a private security firm affiliated with the CIA, is betrayed by his partner and left apparently crippled for life.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Arthur Hill
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

This was based on a true story. About a man (Caan) who discovers that his ex-wife has disappeared along with their children. It seems that her new boyfriend works for some criminals. After ... See full summary »

Director: James Caan
Stars: James Caan, Jill Eikenberry, Robert Viharo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Having discovered that she is pregnant, Natalie Ravenna (Shirley Knight), a Long Island housewife panics and leaves home to see if she might just possibly have made something different out ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: James Caan, Shirley Knight, Robert Duvall
The Gambler (1974)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Axel Freed is a literature professor. He has the gambling vice. When he has lost all his money, he borrows from his girlfriend, then his mother and finally some bad guys that chase him. Despite all of this he cannot stop gambling.

Director: Karel Reisz
Stars: James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton
War | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A band of mercenaries led by Captain Curry travel through the Congo across deadly terrain, battling rival armies, to rescue $25 million in uncut diamonds.

Director: Jack Cardiff
Stars: Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, Peter Carsten
T.R. Baskin (1971)
Certificate: GP Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Enthusiastic young woman runs away to Chicago to start a new life. She is soon confronted with the emotional coldness of the big city and has to search for her place in the scheme of things.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Candice Bergen, Peter Boyle, James Caan
Rabbit, Run (1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A crude man is stuck in a loveless marriage. One day he decides to run away from his life and family. First he finds a mistress, but just because a man runs away from one disappointment, doesn't mean he won't run into another one.

Director: Jack Smight
Stars: James Caan, Carrie Snodgress, Anjanette Comer
Straight Time (1978)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole ... See full summary »

Directors: Ulu Grosbard, Dustin Hoffman
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Theresa Russell, Gary Busey
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

While on a business trip just before Christmas, Tom Phillips gets into a car accident, which was caused by the reckless driving of the other car involved. Although Tom suffered no paralysis... See full summary »

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Dana Andrews, Jeanne Crain, Mimsy Farmer
Scarecrow (1973)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Max, an ex-con drifter with a penchant for brawling is amused by Lion, a homeless ex-sailor, and they partner up as they head east together.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Stars: Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Dorothy Tristan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Kitty Kopetzky
...
Mary Fenaka
...
Vincent J. Palmer
Richard B. Shull ...
Harry Moss
...
Man with Ice Cream
Seamon Glass ...
Farmer in Truck
...
Highway Patrolman
Diana Darrin ...
Band Singer
...
Buddy
Edwina Gough ...
Bingo Player
Al Dunlap ...
Man in Men's Room
James Joseph ...
Short Order Cook
Virginia Sale ...
Bingo Caller
Edit

Storyline

While searching for a small fortune of embezzled money, an ex-con, a small-time bandleader, his doting wife and a kooky drifter find themselves being followed. Their chase takes them to trailer camps, bingo halls, laundromats and ultimately, a showdown with a group of unconventional bad guys. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Kitty Kopetzky & Dick Kanipsia. Together At Last! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Thriller | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 March 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A nagy koppanás  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The van is a 1973 rec trans discover 25 R made by Dodge. See more »

Goofs

During the period the film was set, the USA was changing its road marking from white to yellow. In various shots on country roads, you can make out the same section of road having white center stripes one minute and yellow the next. It is possible that the road had its lines repainted during the filming. See more »

Quotes

Kitty Kopetzky: It's working man, you're playing right into their hands
Dick Kanipsia: What's working, who's hands?
Barry Fenaka: [holding a shotgun] Not this kid anyway.
Kitty Kopetzky: That's not going to do any good. If you all calm down I can explain the problem here.
Dick Kanipsia: Oh, I'd bet you can.
Mary Fenaka: I... I'd like to hear.
Kitty Kopetzky: Don't be so god-dammed cynical, you know there's some things you're never going to understand. First time I laid eyes on those two black objects out there I knew what was happening, because I can see the obvious whereas you people try to look ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Followed by Slither (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Oklahoma Hills
by Jack & Woody Guthrie
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hilarious!
11 October 2002 | by (Lisbon) – See all my reviews

One of those films that make you realise just how good American cinema could be in the 70s. The plot is less important than the beautifully written and performed off-beat characters, all in their own way in search of an elusive (and finally impossible) pot of gold.

But perhaps the strongest feature of the film are the set pieces: James Caan gets a lift in the truck of a grumpy farmer: "Get out of my truck!" "Well, can you stop it first?"; Caan visits the 'head' in a diner, and a terrified customer comes rushing in - what's scared him?; the final ten minutes, a trailer marooned in the middle of the road, destruction all around, and James Caan finally waking up (existentially): "What the f*** am I doing here in a vegetable stand in the middle of nowhere?"

Caan showing a subtle touch with light/black comedy, the glorious Sally Kellerman, Peter Boyle as always wacky as hell ...

Pure gold.


27 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD? derekwh
Howard Zieff is passed, alas. rmyers7
How did it end? halcarter
Why is the movie called SLITHER? MrDeltoid77
Location Help (Closing Chase Scene) dlaurice
Discuss Slither (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?