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The Villain (1979)

 -  Comedy | Western  -  27 July 1979 (USA)
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Handsome Stranger has agreed to escort Charming Jones to collect her inheritance from her father. But Avery Jones wants the money, and hires notorious outlaw Cactus Jack to ambush Charming.... See full summary »

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Handsome Stranger has agreed to escort Charming Jones to collect her inheritance from her father. But Avery Jones wants the money, and hires notorious outlaw Cactus Jack to ambush Charming. However, Cactus Jack is not very good at robbing people. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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...the fastest fun in the west!

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Comedy | Western

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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. 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

Nervous Elk: [about Cactus Jack] Why does banker want him watched? He needs to be looked after!
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The Villain
Written by Buddy Cannon, Bob Younts, and Billy Williams
Performed by 'Mel Tillis (I)'
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A true live-action Roadrunner cartoon!
14 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you like goofy-funny movies, this is a classic that will keep you laughing! Ann-Margaret plays the gorgeous Charming Jones, who recruits the help of Handsome Stranger (a VERY young Arnold Schwarzenegger) to escort her as she transfers her inherited fortune. Wealthy Avery Simpson, played by Jack Elam, wants her inheritance, and hires has-been cowboy Cactus Jack Slade (Kirk Douglas) to rob her. Slade, along with his horse Whiskey (the REAL star of this film!), keeps you in stitches with his Road Runner antics as he makes countless attempts to get the loot. This film is completed with the appearance of other stars that tie it all together, including Paul Lynde, Foster Brooks, Strother Martin, Mel Tillis, and Ruth Buzzi (just to name a few). A great film for anyone who enjoys comedy westerns!


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