Slither (1973)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Thriller, Crime


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While searching for a small fortune of embezzled money, an ex-con, a small-time bandleader, his doting wife, and a kooky drifter find themselves being followed. Their chase takes them to ... See full summary »


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  • James Caan and Allen Garfield in Slither (1973)
  • James Caan in Slither (1973)
  • Peter Boyle in Slither (1973)
  • James Caan and Peter Boyle in Slither (1973)
  • Peter Boyle and Diana Darrin in Slither (1973)
  • James Caan and Sally Kellerman in Slither (1973)

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20 November 2011 | SamHardy
In a class by itself
This is a character driven comedy, drama, crime, mystery that defies definition.

Back in the 70's some really fine films were made, and there were some really terrible ones too. But the movie studios were in the mood to make so many films that in the process some totally unique ones that just happened to be good were made. I don't know why this film never got the attention it deserved. When I first saw it in 1973 I have to admit I was under the influence of herbal substances. It was a favorite pastime back then to get a buzz on and see a movie. I thought it was very funny at the time. Seeing it for the second time last night I was delighted to find out that even without mood altering contraband it was every bit as funny as the first time. Now that's saying something.

If you love really great character performances this one is full of em. Sally Kellerman appeared to be having the time of her life. It must have been a character actor's wet dream. It does not hurt to have a great script either. Slither had it in spades.

This films will keep you guessing the entire time. I don't care how many films you have seen, you will not be able to predict the outcome of this one. But along the way be prepared for some incredibly dark humor that carries you along till the very end.

I will make you a bet. There is a bit of an introductory plot outline that shows up before the opening credits. If you can stay with it till then, you will not be able to turn it off. I bet you a big black van that you will finish it.

"who are those guys anyway?" The fun of finding out is a real pleasure trip.

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