|Directed by||Amaka Igwe|
|Written by||Amaka Igwe|
|Screenplay by||Amaka Igwe|
|Starring||Francis Duru |
Rattlesnake is a 1995 action film written and directed by Amaka Igwe and produced by Austin Awulonu. It was Amaka Igwe's first foray into making a feature length film and was made in 3 parts. It features Francis Duru, Okechukwu Igwe, Nkem Owoh, Anne Njemanze and Ernest Obi.
Rattlesnake tells the story of Ahanna Okolo who loses his father under suspicious circumstances as a child and ventures into a life of crime. Following the death of his father, Ahanna's uncle becomes his stepfather as he marries his mother. Ahanna's uncle sends Ahanna and his siblings to the village while he takes over Ahanna's father's property in Lagos. Ahanna ventures into crime and fends for his siblings with the proceeds of his criminal dealings. He goes on to lead a double life as a respectable businessman and an armed robber. He had however become a respectable member of the society when his dealings were exposed.
- Francis Duru as young Ahanna Okolo
- Nkem Owoh as Odinaka, Ahanna's uncle
- Sunny McDon as Ahanna's father
- Ebele Uzochukwu as Ahanna's mother
- Anne Njemanze
- Okeckuwu Igwe as older Ahanna Okolo
- Ernest Obi as Sango
- Julius Agwu as young Peter
- Ejike Methuselah as older Peter
- Remy Ohajianya as Peter's father
- Bob-Manuel Udokwu
- Uche Odoputa
- Okey Okoronkwo
- Tony One Week
- Stella Damasus as Peter's sister
- Genevieve Nnaji
- Chris Okotie
Production and release
Rattlesnake is a biographical film which tells the story of a man named Big Fish who was regarded as one of Amaka Igwe's childhood cultural heroes. He was the toast of many until his death when his real story as an armed robber was revealed. It is described as the first Nollywood attempt at making an action film. It was listed as one of the 100 greatest foreign-language films.
The Last Operation was made as a sequel to Rattlesnake.
Charles Opaleke of Play Networks Africa obtained the rights to Rattlesnake, made and released the remake titled Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story in November 2020. In a review by Precious Nwogu of Pulse Nigeria, the remake was said to "pale in comparison to the original in terms of the depth of the original's plot and themes".
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