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Michael McCabe (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 March 1976 (South Africa) See more »
Little girls shouldn't play with snakes.
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10 Exotic Cult Movies From Around The World
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Directed by
Dirk de Villiers 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael McCabe  screenplay

Produced by
Dirk de Villiers .... producer
Neil Hetherington .... associate producer
Original Music by
Zane Cronjé 
Cinematography by
Uwe Beckmann (lighting cameraman)
Film Editing by
Thys de Wit 
Henry Richardson 
Art Direction by
Tommy Kieser 
Makeup Department
Lewis Rabkin .... hair stylist (as Lewis Rabin)
Lewis Rabkin .... makeup artist (as Lewis Rabin)
Sound Department
Archie Davids .... sound editor
Archie Davids .... sound mixer
Alan Gerhardt .... sound
Ricky Rossouw .... assistant sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicholas Kganyago .... grip
Gerry Lotter .... assistant camera
Victor Malabi .... grip
Billy Prout-Jones .... still photographer
Herbert Sigenu .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna Beckmann .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Jasmina Beyers .... assistant editor
Victor Malabi .... assistant editor
Music Department
Zane Cronjé .... music arranger
Charles Segal .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Jenny Du Plessis .... continuity
Juli Lotter .... caterer
Isabel Mayberry .... choreographer
Gillian Ryan .... production assistant
Johann Swanepoel .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Glenda" - South Africa (English title) (alternative title)
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87 min

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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Snake On A Plain Jane, 18 November 2006
Author: tom09 from Junction City, OR

"Snake Dancer" is a semi-autobiographical tale of a young South African woman who dabbles in exotic dancing to help pay her way through college (and yes, she occasionally incorporates a large snake into her act), running afoul of repressive South African authorities and a disapproving fiancé.

While the star, Glenda (playing herself), doesn't lack for enthusiasm during her routine, watching a skinny, average-looking woman wave her gangling arms around and thrust her pelvis out repeatedly like a bad go-go dancer doesn't exactly float my boat. Erotic, her act ain't. Is "Snake Dancer" a potential candidate for bad movie fans? Well, there are a few risqué moments (in spite of the bad dancing, her routines later in the movie got my attention at times), and fans of terrible disco music and tacky mid-70s hair and fashions won't be let down. The film is shoddily-made, slightly naughty, and a bit ridiculous, but never quite enough to push the material over the top.

Full-frame, the Mondo Macabro DVD presentation isn't too bad (using what appears to be a tape source for the last reel, as mentioned in the movie's opening disclaimer), and includes a couple of interviews, some background information on the film and its star, and the usual promo reel.

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