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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 ... 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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A Shoot-out in a Vegetable Market. A Riot in the Bingo Game. Dynamite in the Potato Cellar. Are You Sure Bonnie and Clyde Started This Way? See more »

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 »

Company Credits

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Boyle does an imitation, singing, and James Caan gets it quickly, saying "Mr B." which referred to Billy Eckstine, the song "Everything I Have Is Yours". 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

Barry Fenaka: [to Dick] Case you're wondering, I've, uh, transferred my entire Swing-era collection from 78s to tape. It's probably worth more than this whole car if I decided to sell it.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Sally Kellerman/Jimmy Cliff (1981) See more »

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Happy Days Are Here Again
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Hilarious!
11 October 2002 | by fiozinhoSee 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.


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