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Python (2000)

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After a military plane crash near a small American town, a giant man-eating snake sets off on a killing spree. The locals must find a way to eliminate the snake, with the help of a scientist who knows about the snake and terminates it.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frayne Rosanoff ... John Cooper
Robert Englund ... Dr. Anton Rudolph
Casper Van Dien ... Bart Parker
William Zabka ... Greg Larsen
Dana Barron ... Kristin
Sara Mornell ... Theresa
Wil Wheaton ... Tommy
Jenny McCarthy ... Francesca Garibaldi
Chris Owens ... Brian Cooper
Sean Whalen ... Deputy Lewis Ross
Gary Grubbs ... Sheriff Griffin Wade
Theo Nicholas Pagones ... Dootsen (as Theo Pagones)
Scott Williamson ... Kenny Summers
David Bowe ... Boone
Keith Coogan ... Lenny


After a military plane crash near a small American town, a giant man-eating snake sets off on a killing spree. The locals must find a way to eliminate the snake, with the help of a scientist who knows about the snake and terminates it.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sixty Feet of Pure Terror! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and gore, some strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 August 2001 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Piton See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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A full-scale python head was constructed and used during filming, but never once is seen on-screen in the final cut. See more »


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Dr. Anton Rudolph: Already I had fixed my gaze upon him and he rose upright with breast in countenance, as if he entertained some great scorn of hell.
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10 August 2001 | by Rusty-61See all my reviews

For maybe the first 5 minutes of this movie-until they got to the

"se7en" ripoff credit sequence (by now, when you see a movie with

this type of credit sequence, that's a sign right there that the movie

is going to go downhill), which is intercut inexplicably with shots of

a guy mountain biking-I thought it might qualify as a guilty

pleasure. Then by the tiime Jenny McCarthy showed up, I realized

it was just really, really bad.

I saw this less than 24 hours ago but my mind is already blocking

most of it out. I think I rented this because I was looking for

something dumb and lightweight. Well I got those two, I just forgot

that it should be dumb, lightweight, but also entertaining. I haven't

looked at the credits too closely, but the movie is so wildly uneven

it looks like about 10 different directors and editors slapped it

together, none of them ever co-ordinating at all with the other, and

that half of them were just maybe random people-no, children-they

stopped on the street and handed a movie camera and asked

them if they felt like taking over for a couple days, and the other half

went out and spent all their paycheck on drugs. Actually I think

both, the 10 different directors spent all their money on drugs, then

handed the camera to some random kid on the street because

they were too stoned to focus.

A bad CGI python terrorizes a small town. that's about it. Not that

this would be a problem, if the movie were decent. Anaconda had

a pretty simple plot, and I liked it-it was trashy but at least fun.

Casper Van Dien and Robert Englund play two scientists or snake

experts or something who both try to upstage the other. Van Dien

has this mustache, which I think was supposed to make him look

older or smarter, but it just looks bad. The CGI python doesn't

seem very interested in eating people, either, just mangling them

or spitting venom on them. I guess it wasn't very hungry (though it

does eat a shower curtain at one point) or just cranky. The only

positive thing I can think of to say is at least this movie didn't try to

pretend to be anything other than it was, and had a couple slightly

amusing parts-well, maybe one. The scene with Jenny McCarthy

made me realize why she doesn't get much acting work. Her and

this actor who play a real estate salesman ham it up and overact

so amazingly in their scenes that it was way past the point of being

as amusing as they thought they were being.

The constant patting-themselves-on-the-back smugness of "hey,

look how funny and noncomformist and wild we think we're being!'"

that the film oozes gets old within minutes and ruins any sort of fun

you might have.

They must have blown their whole budget on Englund (I thought he

would have made enough money to retire by now-either he lost it

all or is just kind of bored, or took the job as a favor to someone)

and McCarthy, because as I said, the effects were terrible. The CGI

itself was OK in parts, but then it would be really badly

superimposed on what what obviously just the actors being filmed

pretending to see a big snake. The lighting didn't even match. It

looked like the snake was rearing up in front of a movie screen

that needed cleaning.

Anyway, this was just terrible and stupid in a bad way. I actually felt

sorry for most of the actors. Even Caspar Van Dien looks

embarassed, for God's sake. If you want a guilty pleasure, you can

do soooo much better. Try Wild Things, Nowhere, an episode of

Melrose Place, or Lake Placid. Caling this movie a guilty pleasure gives other genuine guilty pleasures a bad name.

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