Anaconda is a 1997, adventure-horror film, directed by Luis Llosa, starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight and Eric Stoltz. It centers around a film crew for National Geographic who are kidnapped by a hunter who is going after the world's largest giant anaconda, which is discovered in the Amazon Rainforest. Though a box office hit, the film was critically panned. It was followed by the sequel Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid.
Shooting a documentary about a long-lost Indian tribe on the Amazon River, director Terri Flores and members of her crew, including cameraman Danny Rich, production manager Denise Kalberg, soundman Gary Dixon, visionary Warren Westridge, anthropologist Professor Steven Cale and captain of the boat Mateo, comes across stranded Paraguay snake hunter Paul Sarone and help him, believing he knows how to find the tribe they're searching for, but Sarone acts strangely and the crew suspect something. While trying to free the boat's propeller from a rope, Cale is stung in the throat by a wasp which got in his scuba gear and leaves him unconscious. With that, Sarone takes command of the boat and the crew. They are then forced to help him achieve his true objective; hunting down and capturing a record-breaking Green Anaconda he had been tracking. Mateo is the first of the crew to be killed by the anaconda, who strangles him to death. The rest try to find him while Gary sides with Sarone, saying if they help him find the anaconda, he will help them get out alive. Ironically, Gary is killed next when they attempt to capture the anaconda. The survivors knock out and then tie up Sarone. When Denise attempts to kill Sarone, he gets the edge and chokes her before dumping her body in the river where she drowns. The anaconda returns and kills Westridge before the snake itself is shot dead and Sarone incapacitated by the newly awakened Cale. Danny punches Sarone, knocking Sarone into the river. Later on, Terri and Danny, two of the surviving members of the crew, are captured when Sarone catches up to them. He dumps a bucket of monkey blood on them and then uses them as bait in an attempt to capture a second, larger Anaconda. The anaconda wraps around Terri and Danny and begins to squeeze the life out of Terri. The snake still squeezing Terri and Danny are caught in a net by Sarone, but escape when the snake breaks free. Terri and Danny cut their bonds and break free as Sarone himself is killed by his quarry. The snake becomes trapped in the smoke stack, which Danny ignites and it seems to have died. As Terri and Danny recuperate on a nearby dock, the snake appears one final time. Danny beats the anaconda with an axe until it is finally slain. Afterwards, the survivors of the expedition reunite on the ship, and as they float down the river, accidentally locate the natives they were originally searching for. They realize Sarone was right and begin filming their documentary as the movie ends.