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  • Actors: Chris Robinson, Alex Rocco, Steve Alaimo and Susan Carroll
  • Directors: William Grefe
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Navarre Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CCY42A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stanley: Special Edition" on IMDb

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Tim Ochopee, a shell-shocked Seminole Indian has just returned from a tour in Vietnam. He lives a peaceful life deep in the Everglades with his pet snake Stanley . Upon his return, he finds out his father has passed away. When he learns how he was killed, Tim lets Stanley and his brood loose on the people who ve done him wrong, leading to a thrilling climax.

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STANLEY (1972) may have been inspired by WILLARD (1971),
a rodential fright film that's best remembered for Michael Jackson's hit theme song "Ben," a tribute to a rat.

This one's star, West Palm Beach native Chris Robinson, portrays Seminole Indian Tim Ochopee. Disenchanted with all humanity, the returned 'Nam vet builds a shack on a remote Everglades hammock and gathers about him a surrogate family of rattlesnakes, copperheads and water moccasins. Chief among these is his constant companion, a fairly large rattler named Stanley.

One day Tim's reverie is disturbed by a visit from his former employer, Mr. Thomkins (Alex Rocco), owner of a ladies wear factory. Tim's dad, who died under mysterious circumstances, also worked for Thomkins, who's now handing Tim money to trap snakes that will be used for clothing accessories. Tim suspects Thomkins was somehow involved in his father's death plus the work he's been offered repels him, so he disdainfully tosses the cash in the swamp. Thomkins hotly says that the two goons accompanying him will soon return to hunt snakes. This is when Tim tells the three men to get off his island.

Later, a violent confrontation between Tim and the thugs leaves him badly beaten. During this fracas one of them admits they killed his father on Thomkins' orders. The balance of the story is divided between Tim's revenge on Thomkins, with snakes as the weapon, and his abortive romancing at the snake-filled hovel of the man's daughter. She saw how her dad died, knows Tim is responsible, and just wants to escape from him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick H on April 5, 2011
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I saw this in the theater in 1972 and had not seen it in the 39 years since 'til I recently rented the DVD. Although not as "good" on the small screen as it was on the big screen back in the day, it was fun to see again. Let's just say if you're afraid of snakes, there's a lot of them in this movie so you may want to proceed with caution - it could give you nightmares. Not a great movie by any stretch - the acting is only fair at best and it contains cheesy early 70's music at the beginning & end of the film during the credits. This might be considered a drive-in classic though and, double-featured with "Frogs" (that came out the same year), you can have a fun & slithery Saturday night late show. Aside from the film itself, one of my favorite features on the DVD is when you insert & load it into your player, this cool animated view from the perspective from a car's driver's seat comes on and your car winds into the drive-in cinema, you see other cars in there and those big drive-in speakers, and then the up on the outdoor screen is the DVD's menu!
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Throughout the ages, the serpent has been both venerated and feared, equated with 'evil' and divinity, making a potent totem as well. A lesson can be taken from the serpent, with a select few already inherently exhibiting these traits. Stealthy and deadly, they will only strike to defend themselves, their nest, or to feed. I Am reminded of a sign spotted once upon a constitutional which reads:

"Snakes may be found in this area. They are important members of the natural community. They will not attack, but if disturbed or cornered, they will defend themselves. Give them distance and respect."

Vietnam Veteran Tim Ochopee is a misanthropic Seminole Indian living in the everglades, and just wants to be left alone with his friends - a legion of snakes, whom he pretty much considers his family. He makes a modest living supplying the local clinic with venom for antidotes. He returns home to find that his father had been killed in an accident, later to be revealed that it was actually a couple of these rotten poachers who actually did it, boasted about during a fight, which Stanley amusingly puts an 'end' to.

Even when members of his tribe attempt to convince him to return to the village to preserve the declining occupants; and even when visited by a couple other vets who offer him quite a bit of money to poach snake hides, he understandably refuses, not to mention that His best buddy is a rattle snake by the name of Stanley.

One day Tim brings Stanley a mate he names Hazel, even acquiring two makeshift beds for them*, complete with dinner - two nice fat mice for their repast.
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By nursebob on August 16, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Incredible behind the scenes on the Special edition. I saw this movie when I was a kid & it brought back memories.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Byrd on October 31, 2010
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Disclaimer: The version of the film that I watched is included on The Gorehouse Greats Collection, so I cannot comment on the quality or the extras included in the package offered on this product page. My review addresses the entertainment value of the film itself - However, since Navarre has gone out of business, and this title is out of print, the only reasonably priced version that may be available for some time is those included in Mill Creek's multi-pack.

The tagline for this film is 'Stanley will make your skin crawl!', and I have to give the film props for following through with that goal. Of course, it's going to depend on how you feel about snakes - I feel I have a rather normal aversion to them, and watching a writhing mass of rattlesnakes, pythons, and water moccasins does indeed make my skin crawl. In fact, I thought I was going to have unpleasant dreams after watching this snake-fest.

A young Seminole Indian named Tim (Chris Robinson, or Dr. Rick Weber of General Hospital fame) has recently returned from Vietnam, and sick of humanity, has holed up in his swamp cabin with the only friends he's capable of making - his snakes. Of these, his closest companion is Stanley, a six-foot-long rattler that spends most of his time draped around Tim's neck. The two of them share an almost psychic connection - or at least Stanley has developed a dog-like ability to understand Tim, to the point that when Tim is finally pushed too far by the exploiters of nature who invade his swamp, he and Stanley take revenge as a team. That is, until even Tim crosses the boundary between right and wrong, and Stanley has to follow his own nature.
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