Slither (1973 film)

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Directed by Howard Zieff
Produced by Jack Sher
Written by W.D. Richter
Starring James Caan
Peter Boyle
Sally Kellerman
Louise Lasser
Allen Garfield
Richard B. Shull
Music by Tom McIntosh
Cinematography László Kovács
Edited by David Bretherton
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates March 7, 1973
Running time 96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,355,000 (US/ Canada rentals)[1]

Slither is a 1973 comedy film starring James Caan. It was directed by Howard Zieff.[2]

This was the first screenplay by W. D. Richter, who went on to adapt stories like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Big Trouble in Little China for the screen and directed the cult film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.

Caan plays an ex-convict, one of several people trying to find a stash of stolen money. Peter Boyle and Sally Kellerman co-star.


Car thief Dick Kanipsia gets a parole from a penitentiary. He intends to go straight, but first he goes directly to see an old friend, Harry Moss, only to be shocked to see Harry get shot.

Harry's dying words tell Dick to go find Barry Fenaka, a guy who supposedly knows where to find a stash of stolen cash that Harry has hidden. Dick picks up a hitch-hiker along the way, Kitty Kopetzky, who starts out as a friendly free spirit, then turns into a nut case who robs a diner where she and Dick go to eat.

Fenaka turns out to be a small-time bandleader. He and his wife take Dick and Kitty along as passengers in their recreational vehicle on their way to retrieve Harry's money. But a mysterious black van is following them every foot of the way, resulting in a big surprise for all concerned.



  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 60
  2. ^ Vincent Canby (1973-03-08). "Slither (1973) Slither, 'Film of Illogical Events'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 

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