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The Serpent and the Rainbow ()


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An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.

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Dennis Alan
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Marielle Duchamp
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Dargent Peytraud
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Lucien Celine
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Louis Mozart
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Christophe
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Gaston
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Simone
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Schoonbacher
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Andrew Cassedy
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Mrs. Cassedy
Aleta Mitchell ...
Celestine
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French Missionary Doctor
Jaime Pina Gautier ...
Julio (as Jaime Piña Gautier)
Evencio Mosquera Slaco ...
Old Shaman
Kimberleigh Aarn ...
Margrite (as Kimberleigh Burroughs)
Philogen Thomas ...
Priest
Ana Rosa Smith Avila ...
Mulatto Nurse
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American Doctor
Sally-Anne Munn ...
Nurse / Intern
Jean-Baptiste Rosvelt ...
Black Waiter
Robert De James ...
Old Lame Peasant
Jackson Delgado ...
Possessed Dancer
Barbara Guillaume ...
Mozart's Whore
Betty García Rodríguez ...
Pretty Whore
Luis Tavare Pesquera ...
Kyle Cassedy
Claudia Pimentel ...
Old Crone
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Newscaster
Diamanda Galás ...
Voices of the Dead (voice)
Ti-Blanc ...
Lucien's Dancers Master of Ceremonies
Marie Carmel Noel ...
Glass Eater
Frantz Thomas ...
Coal Eater
Johnny Pephanon ...
Man With Needles (as Johnny Pephanor)
Lucienne Charles ...
Houngan Dancer
Suzette Cajusle ...
Houngan Dancer (as Suzette Cajuste)
Rosemary Sylvain ...
Houngan Dancer
Iversose Beuville ...
Houngan Dancer (as Iverose Beuville)
Maxo Fercilien ...
Houngan Dancer
Jacques Achilles ...
Houngan Dancer
Francesco Chavez ...
Houngan Dancer (as Francisco Chavez)
Saveur D'Orlean ...
Houngan Drummer (as Sauveur D'Orlean)
Maurice Altenor ...
Houngan Drummer
Miguel Valdez ...
Houngan Drummer
Elías Gastavo ...
Houngan Drummer (as Elías Gustavo)
Harold Désiré ...
Houngan Drummer
Buche ...
Bizango Dancers Master of Ceremonies
Providenia Alcántara ...
Bizango Dancers Lead Singer (as Providencia Alcántara)
Dikatel Charles ...
Bizango Dancer
Ana Ramirez ...
Bizango Dancer
Rosa Bautista ...
Bizango Dancer
Juliana José ...
Bizango Dancer
Josiana Sant Louis ...
Bizango Dancer
Jean Pierre ...
Bizango Dancer
Otilio Nerius ...
Bizango Dancer
Venat Ruis ...
Bizango Dancer
Ramon Cherry ...
Bizango Dancer
Rosa Charles ...
Bizango Dancer
Luis Telemako ...
Bizango Drummer
Federico Núñez ...
Bizango Drummer
Americo José ...
Bizango Drummer
Gérard Matonbe ...
Bizango Drummer
Robert Regaldo ...
Bizango Drummer
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Directed by

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Wes Craven

Written by

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Wade Davis ... (inspired by the book)
 
Richard Maxwell ... (screenplay) and
Adam Rodman ... (screenplay) (as A.R. Simoun)

Produced by

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Keith Barish ... executive producer
Doug Claybourne ... producer
Rob Cohen ... executive producer
Robert Engelman ... co-producer
Victoria Kluge ... associate producer
David Ladd ... producer
David B. Pauker ... associate producer

Music by

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Brad Fiedel

Cinematography by

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John Lindley

Film Editing by

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Glenn Farr

Editorial Department

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Peter Amundson ... additional editor
James A. Brewer ... apprentice editor (as James Brewer)
Clayton Corrie ... post-production assistant
Phil Downey ... color timer
Joe Heffernan ... post-production assistant
Mike Murphy ... assistant editor (as Michael Murphy)
Julie Offer ... apprentice editor
Bill Ohanesian ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Dianne Crittenden

Production Design by

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David Nichols

Art Direction by

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David Brisbin

Set Decoration by

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Rosemary Brandenburg

Costume Design by

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Peter Mitchell

Makeup Department

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David LeRoy Anderson ... special makeup effects artist (as Dave Anderson)
Lance Anderson ... special makeup effects artist
Michelle Bühler ... key makeup artist
Jeffrey S. Farley ... makeup technician (as Jeff Farley)
Robert Hallowell II ... key hair stylist (as Robert Hallowell)
James Kagel ... makeup technician
Leonard MacDonald ... makeup technician
Michael Shawn McCracken ... makeup effects lab technician
Jim McPherson ... makeup technician (as James McPherson)

Production Management

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Michael Bennett ... unit production manager
Curtis Burch ... production executive
Juanita Diane Feeney ... production manager: Colossal Pictures/USFX (as Juanita Diana)
Jaime Pina Gautier ... production manager: Dominican Republic (as Jaime Piña Gautier)
Jaime Pina ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Rob Cohen ... second unit director
Robert Engelman ... first assistant director (as Bob Engelman)
George P. Gregg ... second assistant director
Miguel Heded ... additional second assistant director
José Luis Ortega ... additional second assistant director
Felipe Vicini ... additional second assistant director

Art Department

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Gabriel Baez ... foreman: Dominican Republic
Michael Baker ... art assistant: Colossal Pictures/USFX (as F. Michael Baker)
Barbara Bayne ... art assistant: Colossal Pictures/USFX
John Beauvais ... scenic painter
Donna Cline ... technical advisor
Carl Copeland ... construction coordinator
Ken Counts ... construction foreman
Jonathan Craven ... on-set dresser
Ricardo Dalmasy-Duluc ... swing gang
Barry Franenberg ... leadman
James Hegedus ... sketch artist
Jose Hernandez ... swing gang
George Hinzo ... scenic painter
Heidi Holman ... art production coordinator: Colossal Pictures/USFX
Andy Keesee ... assistant art director
Linda Kiffe ... assistant props
Jess Moreno ... swing gang
Victor Nuñez ... swing gang
Bruce Pierce ... sketch artist
Daniela Prati ... set dresser
Jeannette Rodriguez ... props
Héctor Romero ... construction liaison
Emma Sanchez ... art department assistant
Juan Santana ... art department messenger
Dawn Snyder ... set designer
Charles Stewart ... property master
Juan Diego Vasquez ... draftsman
Chris Snyder ... construction foreman: reshoots (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Andy Aaron ... sound effects recordist
Gregg Barbanell ... foley walker
John Benson ... supervising sound editor
Carolina Beroza ... assistant sound editor
Jay Boekelheide ... sound designer / supervising sound editor
Gary C. Bourgeois ... re-recording mixer: todd-ao glen glenn studios (as Gary Bourgeois C.A.S.)
Margaret Carlton ... assistant sound editor (as Margaret Bentley)
Chris Carpenter ... Re-Recording Mixer: Todd-AO/Glen Glenn Studios
Paul Cope ... assistant sound editor
Christine Danelski ... assistant sound editor
Bruce Fortune ... dialogue editor
Dan Gleich ... sound effects recordist
Laura Graham ... assistant sound editor
Robin Harlan ... foley walker
Dorian Harris ... adr editor
Cliff Latimer ... dialogue editor (as Clifford Latimer)
Mary Helen Leasman ... foley editor
Christine Lemoine ... utility sound
John Morris ... adr editor
Thomas O'Shea ... assistant sound editor
Dean Okrand ... Re-Recording Mixer: Todd-AO/Glen Glenn Studios
Daniel Ortiz ... assistant sound editor
Sara Roberts ... sound effects editor
Steve Sollars ... boom operator
Don Summer ... sound mixer (as Donald Summer)
Amy Vincent ... assistant sound editor
Claus Wedemann ... dolby consultant (as Claus Weideman)
Brian Hackett ... sound assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Troy Porter ... foley mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Bob Ahmanson ... special effects technician
Peter Chesney ... special effects coordinator
Robin L. D'Arcy ... special effects coordinator: Image Engineering (as Robin D'Arcy)
Bruce D. Hayes ... special effects key technician (as Bruce Hayes)
Emmet Kane ... special effects technician
Sandra Stewart ... special effects assistant
Peter Stolz ... pyrotechnician

Visual Effects by

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Japhet Asher ... visual effects producer
Stuart Cudlitz ... optical supervisor: Colossal Pictures/USFX
Mark Freund ... optical effects: Illusion Arts
Gary Gutierrez ... visual effects supervisor
Sherry Halstead ... computer graphics
Terry Molatore ... rotoscope: Colossal Pictures/USFX (as Terry Sittig)
Marcy Page ... animator: Colossal Pictures/USFX

Stunts

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Anthony Cecere ... stunt coordinator (as Tony Cecere)
Eric Chambers ... stunts (as Erik Chambers)
Dane Farwell ... stunts
Al Lee ... stunts
Irving E. Lewis ... stunts (as Irwin Lewis)
Eric Mansker ... stunts (as Erik Mansker)
Perry Nichols ... stunts
Mark Orrison ... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross ... stunts
Marvin Walters ... stunts
Ray Woodfork ... stunts
Anthony Cecere ... stunts: fire gag (uncredited)
Dane Farwell ... stunt double: Bill Pullman (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Freddy Aquino ... electrician
Rafael Arias ... electrician
Findlay Bunting ... second assistant camera
Jon Caradies ... grip: Colossal Pictures/USFX
John Carney ... electrician
Alan Caso ... steadicam operator
Ario Cruz ... grip
Jose del C Martinez ... grip (as Jose del C. Martinez)
Gary Farr ... still photographer
Rick Fee ... assistant steadicam operator
Ken Ferris ... camera operator
Rick Fichter ... director of photography: Colossal Pictures/USFX
John Gazdik ... camera assistant: Colossal Pictures/USFX
Len Gittleman ... additional photography
Sean Grey ... generator operator
Gregg Heschong ... additional photography: Colossal Pictures/USFX (as Greg Heschong)
Jan M. Heyneker ... key grip: Colossal Pictures/USFX (as Jan Heyneker)
George A. Hock ... electrician (as George Hock)
Lawrence Karman ... first assistant camera (as Larry Karman)
George Koblasa ... additional photography
Dwight Joseph Lavers ... dolly grip (as Dwight Lavers)
Luis Llinas ... grip
Henry Lynk ... additional camera operator
Larry McCarron ... grip
Michael A. McFadden ... electrician (as Michael McFadden)
Gordon Miller ... second assistant camera
Daniel Pershing ... best boy grip
Tim Pershing ... key grip (as Timothy Pershing)
Gustavo J. Reynoso ... grip
Egon Stephan Jr. ... second assistant camera (as Egon Stephan)
Michael Whitehurst ... grip: Colossal Pictures/USFX

Casting Department

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Heig Beck ... extras casting assistant
Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Sarah C. Koeppe ... casting assistant: New York
Sue Parker ... location casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Shawn Barry ... costume supervisor (as Shawn Barrie)
Lynda Foote ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Ren Navez ... location manager
Ivan Reynoso ... location assistant
Michelangelo Santana ... location assistant
Henriette Wiese ... location coordinator

Music Department

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Jim Boyer ... music supervisor: Olatunji tracks
Tim Boyle ... score mixer
Donna Cline ... music research
Babatunde Olatunji ... musician: percussion
Mary Parker ... assistant music editor (as Mary Patrao)
Robert Randles ... music editor
Allan K. Rosen ... supervising music editor

Transportation Department

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Lawson Ellison ... transportation coordinator (as Lawson 'Whitey' Ellison)
Hugh Kelly ... transportation co-captain
Luis Felipe Kluge ... dispatcher
Robert Meisner ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Nicole Alvarez ... dialogue coach: creole
Alberto Arvelo ... animal handler: domestic animal
Mark Billingsley ... production assistant: Colossal Pictures/USFX
Janice Convery ... key production assistant
Carmen De Lavallade ... special choreographer
Francia Decamps ... production assistant
Mario Delatour ... production liaison: Haiti
Loolee DeLeon ... production coordinator
Stel Deleon ... production secretary
Nora Dunfee ... dialect coach
Phil Frieborn ... production assistant: Colossal Pictures/USFX
Mariella Garcia ... production assistant
Elvis Guzman ... military liaison (as Lt. Elvis Guzman)
Joe Heffernan ... production assistant
Nancy Hynes ... production secretary
Ramiro Jaloma ... production consultant
Victoria Kluge ... production associate
Patrick Kohoutek ... utility stand-in
Alexandra Lutaud ... production assistant
Marianne Maddalena ... assistant: Mr. Craven
Dianne Mapp-Cheek ... production auditor (as Dianne Cheek)
Antonio Marcelli ... production consultant
Abdelilah Marrakchi ... assistant auditor
Steve Martin ... head animal trainer
Trish McCall ... utility stand-in
Michael Mercedes ... caterer
Martha Miniño ... set doctor (as Dr. Martha Miniño)
Pedro Molina ... craft service
Denise Morgan ... assistant auditor
Eugenia Orlowski ... assistant auditor
Musset Payant ... utility stand-in
Jim Picciolo ... animal handler: insect / animal handler: snake
John Rehmann ... animal trainer
Juan Rodriguez ... choreographer
Jill Simpson ... assistant to producers
Adam Smith ... production assistant
Carmen Soriano ... script supervisor
Sally Syberg ... assistant: Gary Gutierrez (as Sally A. Syberg)
Julia Tavares ... anthropologist
Gerry Therrien ... animal trainer
Edna Tromans ... unit publicist
Robbie Tucker ... production associate
Raul Maria Ventura ... craft service
Marcelo Victoria ... military liaison (as Col. Marcelo Victoria)
Daniel Wheatcroft ... studio executive
Johan Wiese ... craft service
Cynthia Zajonc ... production assistant: Colossal Pictures/USFX (as Cynthia van Alstyne)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In 1985, after a successful research in Amazonas, Dr. Dennis Alan from Harvard is invited by the president of a Boston pharmaceutics industry, Andrew Cassedy, to travel to Haiti to investigate the case of a man named Christophe that died in 1978 and has apparently returned to life. Andrew wants samples of the voodoo drug that was used in Christophe to be tested with the intention of producing a powerful anesthetic. Dr. Alan travels to meet Dr. Marielle Duchamp that is treating Christophe and arrives in Haiti in a period of revolution. Soon Alan is threatened by the chief of the feared Tonton Macuse Dargent Peytraud, who is a torturer and powerful witch. Alan learns that death is not the end in the beginning of his journey to hell. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines Don't bury me...I'm not dead! See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'emprise des ténèbres (France)
  • La serpiente y el arco iris (Spain)
  • Il serpente e l'arcobaleno (Italy)
  • La serpiente y el arco iris (Mexico)
  • Zmija i duga (Yugoslavia)
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Runtime
  • 98 min
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Budget $7,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $5,848,000, 07 Feb 1988

Did You Know?

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Trivia Due to political strife and civil turmoil in Haiti during the production, the local government informed the film crew that they could not guarantee their safety for the remainder of the shoot. The crew subsequently relocated to nearby Dominican Republic to complete filming. See more »
Goofs At Captain Peytraud's first meeting with Dr. Alan, Peytraud wears his full Haitan Tonton Macoute uniform including a row of several award ribbons. All of these ribbons are in fact United States armed forces decorations - clearly visible are the Vietnam Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon, and the Army Good Conduct Medal. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Shoot to Kill/The Serpent and the Rainbow/She's Having a Baby/The Unbearable Lightness of Being/School Daze (1988). See more »
Soundtracks Madame Marcel See more »
Crazy Credits [Opening card] In the legends of voodoo the Serpent is a symbol of Earth. The Rainbow is a symbol of Heaven. Between the two, all creatures must live and die. But because he has a soul Man can be trapped in a terrible place Where death is only the beginning. See more »
Quotes Dennis Alan: Don't let them bury me! I'm not dead!
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