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Slither (1973)

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 »

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Howard Zieff

Writer:

W.D. Richter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Dick Kanipsia
Peter Boyle ... Barry Fenaka
Sally Kellerman ... Kitty Kopetzky
Louise Lasser ... Mary Fenaka
Allen Garfield ... Vincent J. Palmer
Richard B. Shull ... Harry Moss
Alex Rocco ... Man with Ice Cream
Seamon Glass Seamon Glass ... Farmer in Truck
Wayne Storm Wayne Storm ... Highway Patrolman
Diana Darrin ... Band Singer
Stuart Nisbet Stuart Nisbet ... Buddy
Edwina Gough Edwina Gough ... Bingo Player
Al Dunlap Al Dunlap ... Man in Men's Room
James Joseph James Joseph ... Short Order Cook
Virginia Sale ... Bingo Caller
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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.

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Genres:

Comedy | Thriller | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy koppanás See more »

Filming Locations:

Pismo Beach, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Dick (James Caan) first encounters Kitty (Sally Kellerman) along the highway next to her stalled car, it appears to be shortly after midday, judging by the short shadows cast by Dick and Kitty. A police car comes up behind them, and when the policeman gets out, suddenly both he and the other two characters are casting very long shadows, indicating that it's now very late in the afternoon, yet only about half a minute has elapsed since Dick met Kitty. See more »

Quotes

Dick Kanipsia: [noticing Barry grooming his mustache] What the hell are you doing?
Barry Fenaka: Business. You look in control, you *are* in control.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Sally Kellerman/Jimmy Cliff (1981) See more »

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Uneven, but still a winner.
28 February 2006 | by Andy44See all my reviews

One could find fault with elements of this movie, particularly pacing and continuity; but the laughs and the ambiguous, fascinating characters make it great fun.

Until the very end, we're never sure if anybody is who they seem to be. The quest for loot is fascinating, because it's not for a fortune, just a nice chunk of change that when split probably wouldn't amount to a year's wages at an average job. So the interest focuses on the people, their semi-silly adventure, and their uncertain relationships.

One reviewer didn't like it because it wasn't tightly plotted, and he's right-- it's more realistic/absurd than that. Same reviewer also didn't find it funny, which is dead wrong. Some of the comic bits are a little shaggy dog, or sometimes crude, but most people should get a lot of laughs from it.

Great cast, great acting, good enough dialog and "plot" add up to an under-appreciated (and, I suppose,under-seen) little gem.


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