A Guide to the Amphibians
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Snakes In Movies

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Snakes in Movies
Lizards in Movies
Turtles in Movies
Amphibians in Movies
Alligators and Crocodiles
in Movies
Snake Face
All Movie Snakes
Must Die!
All Movie Snakes
Want to Kill You!
Snake Bites
Snakes Used
as Weapons
Giant Monster Snakes with a Taste
for Human Flesh
Pet Snakes
Snakes Used
to Shock Us
Dancing With Snakes
Snake Charmers
Snake People
Snakes Used Realistically
Snakes Used for
Food or Medicine
Snake Fights
Throwing and
Whipping Snakes
Black Mambas
Boas, Pythons,
and Anacondas

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The Frisco Kid (1979)
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This is the next to last movie directed by Robert Aldrich, known for the classic noir Kiss Me Deadly, The Dirty Dozen, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and plenty of other great movies. This Western comedy is not one of those great movies but it does have a rattlesnake, which is fitting since most movies with snakes in them are not award-winners. It stars Gene Wilder, but it's more known for co-starring Harrison Ford in his low period between Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Gene Wilder is Avram, who graduates at the bottom of his class at a Yeshiva in Poland in 1850 and is sent to San Francisco to be a Rabbi there. Most of the movie is a road movie/buddy movie after Avram misses his boat and is forced to travel from Philadelphia by land where he meets Tommy (Harrison Ford) a self-described bank robber, card player, and whoremonger. On his journey Avram is beaten robbed and stranded, robbed of his food by raccoons, tempted by a buxom woman on a train, chased by a hanging posse, captured and nearly burned alive by Indians, drugged out of his mind, forced into a gun fight, and worst of all, he's attacked by the a dangerous bloodthirsty man-eating monster, the same one that almost everybody who travels through the west in a movie encounters - that's right, a rattlesnake. The snake encounter is used for comic effect because they needed something to scare a horse. So Avram's horse is startled by the snake and bolts out of control right over a cliff into a river. When Tommy sees that Avram survives the jump, he goes and jumps his horse into the river, too.

The snake we see is a live Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake with very nice gray coloring. For the obvious reasons of the safety of the crew and of the snake it was apparently filmed away from the scene of the action. We never see it with any characters or their horses and it looks like it was filmed in somebody's back yard instead of in the brushy habitat in the background.

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