Anaconda

Anaconda

4.7 4
Director: Luis Llosa

Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight

     
 

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A group of filmmakers looking for a lost native tribe instead find a man-eating monster in this thriller. Terri Flores (Jennifer Lopez) is a documentary filmmaker on assignment to make a film about the Shirishama Indians of the Amazon, a mysterious tribe known as "the People of the Mists." As Terri and her crew -- cameraman Danny Rich (Ice Cube), sound recordist Gary… See more details below

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A group of filmmakers looking for a lost native tribe instead find a man-eating monster in this thriller. Terri Flores (Jennifer Lopez) is a documentary filmmaker on assignment to make a film about the Shirishama Indians of the Amazon, a mysterious tribe known as "the People of the Mists." As Terri and her crew -- cameraman Danny Rich (Ice Cube), sound recordist Gary Dixon (Owen Wilson), anthropologist Steve Cale (Eric Stoltz), production manager Denise Kahlberg (Kari Wuhrer), and host Warren Westridge (Jonathan Hyde) -- head down the river, they discover a man whose boat has sunk and desperately needs rescue. Paul Sarone (Jon Voight), the mysterious stranger that they save from the waters, claims to know something of the Shirishama and says he will take the crew to them. Instead, he guides the group to the hiding place of the fearsome Anaconda, a gigantic snake that swallows a man whole, vomits him up, and eats him again (no small accomplishment, that). The snake is worth a fortune if captured, but can a creature so dangerous be captured at all?

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A triple helping of cinematic cheese is what this delightfully tongue-in-cheek horror outing sets out to be and it succeeds handsomely. Among the film's many delights are laughable dialogue, characters out of the Aaron Spelling school of drama, and the frequent usage of the sudden, cheap shock school of thrills (so many objects leap out at viewers unexpectedly, one would think the picture was filmed in 3D). All of these elements keep the film's energy up as the body count predictably mounts, but the best parts of this opus of B-movie cliché and blunder are the snake and actor Jon Voight in the heavy role. The anaconda itself is a supernaturally gifted critter with the ability to swallow a man whole, yet still maintain the fitness to move at the speed of lightning. Stalking its prey, the titular zoological specimen pinwheels back and forth in looks from a computer-generated Loch Ness Monster-looking beastie to a Muppet-style length of what seems to be stuffed elephant trunk. Any zoo in the world would be lucky to have it. Then there's Voight in a winking, ironically detached performance as a Great White Hunter with a marble-mouthed accent. Voight knows how bad the script is here and just sinks his fangs into a juicy, unrepentantly sleazy, horny, greedy character. It's all on the surface, sure, but it's his most fully awake, alive, and energetic performance in decades, sadly spent in the service of a total piece of junk that at least has the good sense to know what it is. Anaconda is trash, but it's darn fun trash.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1999
UPC:
0043396035409
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures

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Performance Credits
Jennifer Lopez Terri Flores
Ice Cube Danny Rich
Jon Voight Paul Sarone
Eric Stoltz Dr. Steven Cale
Jonathan Hyde Warren Westridge
Owen Wilson Gary Dixon
Kari Wuhrer Denise Kalberg
Vincent Castellanos Mateo
Don LaFontaine Narrator
Danny Trejo Poacher

Technical Credits
Luis Llosa Director
Douglas B. Arnold Sound/Sound Designer
Hans Bauer Screenwriter
Beau Marks Co-producer
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Robert Carneioro Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Cash Screenwriter
Barry Chausid Art Director
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
Walt Conti Special Effects
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Jack Epps Screenwriter
Verna Harrah Producer
John Nelson Special Effects
Carole Little Producer
Mindy Marin Casting
Michael R. Miller Editor
Kirk M. Petruccelli Production Designer
Charlie Picerni Stunts
Leonard Rabinowitz Producer
Susan Ruskin Executive Producer

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