Slither (1973 film)
|Directed by||Howard Zieff|
|Written by||W.D. Richter|
|Music by||Tom McIntosh|
|Editing by||David Bretherton|
|Running time||97 min.|
|Box office||$1,355,000 (US/ Canada rentals)|
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.
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.
- James Caan as Dick Kanipsia
- Peter Boyle as Barry Fenaka
- Sally Kellerman as Kitty Kopetzky
- Louise Lasser as Mary Fenaka
- Allen Garfield as Vincent J. Palmer
- Richard B. Shull as Harry Moss
- Alex Rocco as Ice Cream Man
- "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 60
- Vincent Canby (1973-03-08). "Slither (1973) Slither, 'Film of Illogical Events'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
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