Review: ‘Slither’

Slither is, in effect, an excellent, live-action, feature-length counterpart to a great old Warner Bros cartoon. That is to say, a combination of physical and visual madness overlaid with satirical, throwaway sophistication which ends up its caper plot while nourishing it to the full.

Slither is, in effect, an excellent, live-action, feature-length counterpart to a great old Warner Bros cartoon. That is to say, a combination of physical and visual madness overlaid with satirical, throwaway sophistication which ends up its caper plot while nourishing it to the full.

W.D. Richter’s first produced script is a smash achievement in structure and dialog. James Caan is superb as a likeable paroled car thief whose incidental friendship with Richard B. Shull, an embezzler, leads him into contact with a bizarre set of characters, some in search of a concealed fortune, others determined to thwart the treasure hunt.

The characters road-run over the countryside, where a couple of ominous black vans and several ordinary-looking businessmen create a mood of latent terror.

Slither

Production

M-G-M. Director Howard Zieff; Producer Jack Sher; Screenplay W.D. Richter; Camera Laszlo Kovacs; Editor David Bretherton; Music Tom McIntosh; Art Director Dale Hennesy

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 98 MIN.

With

James Caan Peter Boyle Sally Kellerman Louise Lasser Allen Garfield Richard B. Shull
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