aka Cactus Jack
aka Cactus Jack
DIRECTED BY HAL NEEDHAM
INFORMATION FROM IMDb
"Cactus" Jack Slade (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 both 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 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 (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 (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, Jack sets one trap after ...
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Kirk Douglas ... Cactus Jack
Ann-Margret ... Charming Jones
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Handsome Stranger
Paul Lynde ... Nervous Elk
Foster Brooks ... Bank Clerk
Ruth Buzzi ... Damsel in Distress
Jack Elam ... Avery Simpson
Strother Martin ... Parody Jones
Ray Bickel ... Man
Robert Tessier ... Mashing Finger
Mel Tillis ... Telegraph Agent
Laura Lizer Sommers ... Working Girl
Jan Eddy ... Sheriff
Mel Todd ... Conductor
Jim Anderson ... Bartender
Ed Little ... Little Man in Bar
Dick Dickinson ... Man in Bar
Richard Brewer ... Man in Bar
Charles Haigh ... Salesman
Ron Duffy ... Salesman
Earl W. Smith ... Salesman
Mike Cerre ... Salesman
Lee Davis ... Salesman
Dick Armstrong ... Ticket Agent
Sheldon Rosner ... Little Man Outside Bank
Bud Stout ... Blacksmith (as Budd Stout)
Ott ... Whiskey
and many more..
Robert G. Kane
Mort Engelberg ... producer
Stuart Fleming ... associate producer (as Stu Fleming)
Paul Maslansky ... executive producer
The sign in front of a saloon is the painting from the side of Bandit's truck
in Smokey and the Bandit (1977), also directed by Hal Needham.
If there are any doubts about this movie being a homage to the great American cartoon, the character name here "Avery Jones" is clearly a salute to Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, two of the geniuses behind the Warner Bros. cartoon studio.
Cactus Jack Slade, the character played by Kirk Douglas, is a human character form of the Wily E. Coyote character from the Warner Brothers 'Looney Tunes' / 'Road Runner' cartoons. This film though does not feature a human-form equivalent of the Road Runner character.
The scene that shows the burning 'cathouse' features a caricature of Burt Reynolds painted on the side. Apparently, a nod from the director to his pal Reynolds.
On the French soundtrack, the horse named "Whisky" had a dubbing voice added to make it sound even funnier.
This movie's original American title was changed from 'The Villain' to 'Cactus Jack' for release in foreign territories such as the UK and Australia after the picture failed commercially at the box-office in the USA.
Final theatrically released American western for Kirk Douglas.
Eight identical horses played the role of Whiskey.
This is the last film project for Paul Lynde.
This so-called live-action version of a Warner Brothers 'Looney Tunes' cartoon was not production of the Warner Brothers studio but one of the Columbia Pictures studio.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's only ever western.
The song that Kirk Douglas plays on the organ is the 'Yigdal', a popular hymn traditionally sung at the end of a Sabbath or high holiday service in a Conservative or Orthodox Jewish Synagogue.
One of two western comedies released in 1979. The other was The Frisco Kid (1979).
Mel Tillis, who plays stuttering Telegraph Agent character is also movie's soundtrack songs performer.
Ironically, this live-action version of a 'Looney Tunes' animated film actually had its main original American movie poster designed as a cartoon.
The sign over the saloon is the same as the artwork on the truck in Smokey and the Bandit. Both films were directed by Hal Needham.
The central character in this western-spoof is Cactus Jack Slade. Similarly, there had been another western-spoof with a central character called Evil Roy Slade (1972). This was a tele-movie that had been made earlier in the decade. Both the Evil Roy Slade and Cactus Jack Slade characters are seen dressed very much alike, completely in black outfit with black hats, both sport moustaches, are villains, and share the same last name. The Slade surname in the earlier film was an acronym for "Sneaking, Lying, Arrogance, Dirtiness and Evil." Moreover, both characters in posters are seen riding atop a Western vehicle, Jack on a locomotive and Roy on a horse carriage.
Arnold 'Handsome Stranger" Schwartzenegger (His father was named Handsome Stranger) wears an outfit identical to that of Clayton Moore's Lone Ranger, just without a mask.
Hal Needham directed Smokey and the Bandit. The saloon is named Bandits Hangout after Burt Reynolds character from Smokey and the Bandit.
The meaning and relevance of this movie's 'The Villain' and 'Cactus Jack' titles
are that they both refer to the name of the film's central antagonist character of Cactus Jack Slade played by Kirk Douglas.
Whiskey is the name of the horse in Kirk Douglas' picture "Lonely are the Brave."
During the chase out of Indian county, the white shawl around Charming Jones' shoulders and arms disappears and reappears between shots.
Crew or equipment visible
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).
Loads of trampolines visible in every shot when Cactus Jack is bouncing around in the last scene of the movie while celebrating (only visible in open matte TV showings).
When Whisky approaches Cactus Jack in the jail, (@15:50) the bars on the window move.
When Cactus Jack is leaning over the cliff to watch Charming bathe, a pole can be seen holding him up as the small tree he is holding onto breaks away. (only visible in open matte TV showings).
Horse stands available when Nervous Elk yells "charge" and all the horses race from out of the stands (only visible in open matte TV showings).
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Monument Valley, Arizona, USA
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