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The Villain (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Western | 27 July 1979 (USA)
"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 ... See full summary »

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Nervous Elk
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Avery Simpson
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Parody Jones
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Laura Lizer Sommers ...
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Mel Todd ...
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Bartender
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"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 ... Written by gorn9146

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...the fastest fun in the west!

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Comedy | Western

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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. See more »

Goofs

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). See more »

Quotes

[Charity is bending over while wearing a low cut dress]
Charming Jones: Would you help me with these please?
Handsome Stranger: Sure.
[picks up her luggage and walks off]
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Connections

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

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Charmin'
Written by Buddy Cannon, Bob Younts, Kenny Starr, & Jimmy Darrell
Performed by Mel Tillis
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Live action Road Runner cartoon!!
9 April 2003 | by (Highland Mills, NY) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in the theater when it was originally released. I had NO IDEA what it was about and I was kind of puzzled at first by it...then I really got into it and laughed uproariously throughout!!! Every crazy Road Runner gag is hauled out and used...and it works!!! Totally silly, totally nonsensical...but very very funny!!! How can you go wrong with a movie that has Paul Lynde as an Indian named Nervous Elk???? Leave your grumpiness at the door...get into a goofy mood and enjoy this flick!!!


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