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The Villain (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Western | 27 July 1979 (USA)
Facing hanging, a bank robber makes a deal with the corrupt banker to avoid execution in exchange for a dirty assignment.

Director:

Hal Needham

Writer:

Robert G. Kane

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Cactus Jack
Ann-Margret ... Charming Jones
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Handsome Stranger
Paul Lynde ... Nervous Elk
Foster Brooks ... The Bank Clerk / Bank Clerk
Ruth Buzzi ... Damsel In Distress / Damsel in Distress
Jack Elam ... Avery Simpson
Strother Martin ... Parody Jones
Robert Tessier ... Mashing Finger
Mel Tillis ... The Telegraph Agent / Telegraph Agent
Laura Lizer Sommers Laura Lizer Sommers ... Working Girl
Ray Bickel Ray Bickel ... Man
Jan Eddy ... Sheriff
Mel Todd Mel Todd ... Conductor
Jim Anderson Jim Anderson ... Bartender
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Storyline

"Cactus" Jack Slade (Kirk Douglas) is the meanest bad man in the west, or so he thinks. When a bank robbery goes awry, he lands in jail facing a hangman's noose. When the corrupt owner of the bank offers him a job, Jack sees a chance to stay alive and get rich in the process. All he has to do is steal a strongbox full of money the banker lent to Mr. Parody Jones (Strother Martin) who needs it to keep his mining operation going. If he defaults on the loan, our "friendly" banker takes over the mine. Ms. Charming Jones (Ann-Margret) comes to town to collect the money and take it back to her father, Parody. To ensure the money makes it back home, Parody has called in a favor from a man who owes him a life debt. Enter Handsome Stranger (Arnold Schwarzenegger). The toughest and strongest hero in the west. As tough as a steel plate but, unfortunately, just as dense. As Charming and Handsome set off on their journey, Jack sets out after them. Using his trusty "Bad Men Of The West" handbook, ... Written by gorn9146

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Taglines:

...the fastest fun in the west!

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cactus Jack See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rastar Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This live-action version of a Warner Brothers' "Looney Tunes" cartoon was not a production of Warner Brothers, but one of Columbia Pictures. See more »

Goofs

In one scene where Cactus Jack is trying to get on his horse you can easily see a man moving a trampoline under the horse's belly for him to stand on (only visible in open matte TV showings). See more »

Quotes

Cactus Jack: I come to speak with straight tongue.
Nervous Elk: Tongue may be straight, but mouth hide many sharp teeth.
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Connections

Referenced in Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

The Villain
Music and Lyrics by Buddy Cannon, Bob Younts and Billy Williams
Performed by Mel Tillis
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Worth a look, trust me.
19 July 2003 | by concad44See all my reviews

This movie is horrible, its true... but there is so much worth seeing, if not only to see Arnold Schwartzenegger in a western. The opening scene alone took me completey by surprise and the stuttering telegraph operator is a must-see. The bulk of this movie is painful and youve seen it if you seen any Looney Toones cartoon, but I haven't laughed that hard at a movie in a very long time. Not to mention, Ann-Margaret is freaking hot.


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