Yanni returns to his homeland, on a Greek island, after several years in London. Soon he is searching for his teenager passion, Elena. She is a married woman now, and adultery leads to ... See full summary »
George P. Cosmatos
I first saw this film on TV in early August,1977,and laughed all the way through it.This trio of pathologically stupid villains is first rate,and they obviously had a lot of fun doing their parts.If you can imagine the Three Stooges as homicidal maniacs,you've got a good idea of what to expect.Perhaps it was best to play them that way.If you recall times when these three guys played villains in a realistic fashion,to do otherwise than they did in "Hannie Caulder"would have been much too gross and brutal.Yet,with increasing time and sensitivity,my outlook has changed.Rape and murder are NOT funny.Ask anyone who has been sexually or physically abused,and you'll get the answer.Welch looks good(when has she not?),and as usual does the minimal amount of acting.Culp's portrayal is interesting,being more world-weary,and cynically good-natured than the bloodthirsty,or quietly vindicative characters we've seen in other films(i.e.Nevada Smith).Lee is quite amiable and enjoyable,but I didn't think that he was quite realistic,given the physical location.(He would have been more believable in a British colony or Europe.)So,watch this film,enjoy the antics of the Clemmons Brothers,but remember that rape is an act of power over another human being.
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