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Snakeskin (2001)

A hitchhiker takes two kids on the ride of their dreams, but they soon learn that their newfound hero is just as capable of delivering nightmares.

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Gillian Ashurst

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Gillian Ashurst
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Lynskey ... Alice
Boyd Kestner ... Seth
Dean O'Gorman ... Johnny
Oliver Driver ... Speed
Paul Glover ... Terry
Charlie Bleakley Charlie Bleakley ... Owen
Gordon Hatfield Gordon Hatfield ... Tama
Taika Waititi ... Nelson (as Taika Cohen)
Jodie Rimmer ... Daisy
Adrian Kwan ... Subaru
Jacob Tomuri ... Robbie
Frances Bol Frances Bol ... Swedish Hitch Hiker
Katerina Daniels Katerina Daniels ... Tama's Mum
Violet Faigan Violet Faigan ... Waitress / Space Dust
Nathan Ponio Nathan Ponio ... Pool Player
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Alice (Lynskey) lives in suburban Christchurch, the 'safest place in the world', but she longs for an adventure of American proportions (guns, murder, sex, drugs etc). Her best friend Craig (O'Gorman) changes his name to Johnny because Craig isn't heroic enough for Alice. He is in love with her and waiting for her to settle down so that he can be with her. She likes hanging out with him because of the hot as car he did up himself, a convertible Valiant. Together they roam the roads around SE NZ picking up hitchhikers and looking for excitement. One day they pick up Seth, an American Texas type, with snakeskin boots and a cowboy hat. He is on the run from a gang of skinheads who he stole money from, a Mr. Trippy truck with a couple who he stole a whole crap load of drugs off, and a big Moari dude on a motorcycle. Alice is immediately enchanted by Seth, Johnny jealous. Seth tricks Alice into taking a trip with him. The chase leads them away from their home and toward the hazardous roads... Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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When an American snake slides into town, this stretch of road is in for the ride of it's life ... See more »


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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2001 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Kígyóbőr See more »

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Quotes

Alice: Jesus Seth! This isn't fucking America! You can't go around shooting everyone!
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Sugar Baby
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Performed by Dock Boggs
Courtesy of Revenant Records
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Finally! We make something good!
25 June 2002 | by Andrew (calan8)See all my reviews

It's a bit stunning to watch a film made in New Zealand, by New Zealanders, and not want to cringe. This is a fantastic piece of work. Kudos to the production team - when I think "road movie" made with a measly NZ budget I shudder to think of the result, especially when shot in a lightning fast 28 days. Yet this film looks like it cost three or four times as much to make. The visuals are stunning, and its cinematography award was well deserved. The story takes a nice big swipe and New Zealanders and their obsession with the USA. It may look on the surface to be your average american road film, and therefore a bit of a typical, stolen idea... but in truth this story rings sound as a uniquely New Zealand piece of work. It immediately promises to get quite dark... and then does... slowly sliding its way into that grim genre that New Zealand has created for itself that Sam Neill dubbed the "Cinema of Unease". This is a great New Zealand film, but better still, it's just a great film full stop. Great work to Gillian and Vanessa and all their team.


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