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Stanley (1972)

 -  Horror  -  28 April 1973 (Japan)
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A young Seminole Indian uses his rattlesnake to take revenge on all those he believes have wronged him.


(as William Grefé)


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Complete credited cast:
Chris Robinson ...
Tim Ochopee
Steve Alaimo ...
Crail Denning
Susan Carroll ...
Susie Thomkins
Mark Harris ...
Bob Wilson
Rey Baumel ...
Sidney Calvin
Paul Avery ...
Psycho Simpson
Marcia Knight ...
Gloria Calvin (as Marcie Knight)
Gary Crutcher ...
Dr. Everett
Mel Pape ...
Milton 'Butterball' Smith ...
Stage Manager (as Butterball Smith)
Pamela Talus ...
Girl Friend
William Marquez ...
Wachula (as Bill Marquez)
Charles Kaufman ...
Nightclub Drunk


A young Seminole Indian uses his rattlesnake to take revenge on all those he believes have wronged him.

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Tim has a pet rattlesnake. When Tim gets mad - Stanley gets deadly! See more »




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Release Date:

28 April 1973 (Japan)  »

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Stanley  »

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$125,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The two females reacting to Stanley in the lobby of the medical center are Melanie Grefe, daughter of producer / director William Grefe, and Grefe's secretary at the time. See more »


Referenced in Dark Side of Eden: The Making of 'Stanley' (2008) See more »


Start a New World
Written by Jack Vino
Performed by Jack Vino
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Another bad killer snake movie
9 January 2006 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

Crap! Another bad killer snake movie. Actually, this movie is pretty much just "Willard" with snakes instead of rats. Chris Robinson plays a Vietnam Vet and a Seminole Indian (neither very convincingly) whose only friends are poisonous snakes. He uses these "friends" to take revenge on greedy developer and snakeskin dealer (Alex Rocco, who appeared in "The Godfather" the same year)who was also conveniently responsible for the death of his father, and on a skanky stripper who bites the heads off of snakes as part of her act (because, of course, THAT'S a real turn-on).

There are several problems with this movie. First, it is somewhat believable that rats might have affection for humans and do their bidding, but it is far less believable that snakes would (and the character here isn't given any special psychic powers over them a la Jennifer Connelly in "Phenomenon"). Second, poisonous snakes aren't very good at attacking people. Even when confronted with a large number of poisonous snakes, all the victims would have to do is run away--it's not like snakes are going to chase you. (The most ridiculous scene has Rocco's character attacked in his swimming pool by dozens of water moccasins). The movie really goes off the rails at the end though when Robinson suddenly falls in love with and kidnaps Rocco's sexy, bare-midriffed blonde daughter. After she spurns him, he tries to get the snakes to bite her, but they refuse, so he reacts in an unintentionally hilarious "Willard"-esque fashion and finally gets his just desserts.

On the plus side this movie was directed by Willam Grefe who would go on to do equally ridiculous but much more entertaining movies like "Impulse" with William Shatner. It's also certainly no worse than many other killer snake movies-"Jennifer, "Rattlers" , "Spasms", "Venom", or more recent CGI crap like "Boa", "Python" and "Anaconda". Maybe filmmakers should just give up on these killer snake movies.

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