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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 »

Director:

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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Kopetzky & Kanipsia together at last. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Thriller | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

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 »

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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

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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Awkward little movie.
20 July 2007 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This was a rather awkward little movie to watch and I'm not sure what to think about this one. The movie is definitely supposed to be fun but it just isn't. I didn't realize this movie was supposed to be a comedy until the music kicked in, which was definitely comedy-style. The movie is made in a far too serious style.

The movie could had worked out, if only the director was just a better one. It was Howard Zieff's first movie and this definitely shows on screen. Nothing flows well, the characters don't always work out and because of this all the movie also doesn't work out as it was supposed to. I guess that in its core the movie had some more potential but the execution of the mixture of styles works out unbalanced, with as a result a movie that hardly ever works out.

James Caan still tried to make his character more interesting by portraying him as a sort of shy loser. Perhaps he did this because he wanted to do something totally different after his role in "The Godfather", which he had just completed before this movie. But I mean come on! James Caan is just not believable as a loser. He is far too cool looking for that, especially in the '70's he was.

There isn't much to the story really. To me it seemed like a moder retelling of "Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo", set in modern small-town USA. Problem is that there just isn't happening much interesting in the story at all. At points the movie could had really used some more pace and more exciting sequences with action in it.

The movie mostly tries to be fun with its quirky characters that pop-up into the movie. It makes the movie fairly amusing and prevents it from being completely unwatchable but its all not good enough to make this movie a recommendable one either.

It's just not a very funny movie. A movie that missed its mark completely but it luckily still has some redeeming qualities to save this movie from being a complete disaster.

5/10

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