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This is an outstanding but crazy complicated movie about an orchid poacher, a writer writing a book about the poacher who falls in love with him, and a screenwriter who is hired to write a screenplay about the book the writer eventually writes but can't find a way to do it. Then the screenwriter's idiot twin brother comes to visit and takes a class in screenwriting for which he writes a cliche action movie script which somehow turns this movie into a violent swamp chase action movie - with snakes, of course.
Nick Cage deserved his Oscar nomination for playing both the screenwriter and his twin brother. At the end Cage and his brother are being chased through a Florida swamp at night by the author, played by a pistol-packing Merle Streep, and the orchid poacher, played by Chris Cooper. (Cooper won an Oscar for his performance in this movie.) We see a snake on a branch. The two Cages hide behind a large log. Then they find another snake on the log which startles them, but only for a second. The snake is just a jump scare for the audience to make it seem like they are in even more danger. It is quickly forgotten.