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Anaconda

If snakes give you the willies, and big snakes even more of them, and having the willies is a desired state, this 1997 adventure about a documentary film crew doing battle with a 40-footer in the Brazilian rain forest may be just what you're looking for. But you're going to have to put up with a lot of silly characterizations and labored plot turns, not to mention some fast cutting that doesn't mesh well with the picture's 'Scope format and a ridiculous shot looking out through the snake's jaws. Jon Voight, the all-purpose villain, does a pretty good job of imitating Marlon Brando imitating a Paraguayan snake expert, but the rest of the players—including Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, Vincent Castellanos, Jonathan Hyde, and Kari Wuhrer—seem to be in a hurry to pick up their checks. Luis Llosa directed the makeshift script by Hans Bauer, Jim Cash, and Jack Epps Jr.

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Director:

  • Luis Llosa

Cast:

  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Ice Cube
  • Jon Voight
  • Eric Stoltz
  • Jonathan Hyde
  • Owen Wilson
  • Kari Wuhrer
  • Vincent Castellanos
  • Danny Trejo

Writers:

  • Hans Bauer
  • Jim Cash
  • Jack Epps Jr.

Producers:

  • Verna Harrah
  • Leonard Rabinowitz
  • Carole Little
  • Susan Ruskin

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