"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 »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Stay Hungry (1976)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A syndicate wants to buy a whole district to rebuild it. They've bought every house except the small gym "Olympic", where Mr. Austria Joe Santo prepares for the Mr. Universum championships ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Rafelson
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Sally Field, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

To inherit a fortune, various addressees of a will must compete in a wild scavenger hunt to collect selected items, but cannot be simply bought.

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Richard Benjamin, James Coco, Scatman Crothers
Raw Deal (1986)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A former FBI agent turned small-town sheriff agrees to help the FBI chief infiltrate the Chicago mafia when the FBI chief's son is killed by them.

Director: John Irvin
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Sam Wanamaker
The Jayne Mansfield Story (TV Movie 1980)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The gaudy rise and dizzy fall of the last great Hollywood blonde bombshell: Jayne Mansfield.

Director: Dick Lowry
Stars: Loni Anderson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ray Buktenica
Red Sonja (1985)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A vengeful woman sets out to retrieve a magic orb from an evil queen whom she vows vengeance upon after the evil queen slain her family and her loyal warriors raped her.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brigitte Nielsen, Sandahl Bergman
Red Heat (1988)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Belushi, Peter Boyle
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

As her 25th anniversary approaches, Norma Michaels realizes that her marriage to her dentist husband Malcolm has become boring. Seeking independence, Norma turns to her friend Fay while ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Donohue
Stars: Lucille Ball, Art Carney, Nanette Fabray
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Conan leads a ragtag group of adventurers on a quest for a princess.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Olivia d'Abo
Eraser (1996)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.

Director: Chuck Russell
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Williams, James Caan
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A vengeful barbarian warrior sets off to avenge his tribe and his parents whom were slain by an evil sorcerer and his warriors when he was a boy.

Director: John Milius
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow
Twins (1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A physically perfect but innocent man goes in search of his long-lost twin brother, who is a short small-time crook.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

After his family is killed by a terrorist act, a firefighter goes in search of the one responsible.

Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Leguizamo, Francesca Neri
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Nervous Elk
Foster Brooks ...
Bank Clerk
...
Damsel in Distress
...
Avery Simpson
...
Parody Jones
Ray Bickel ...
Man
...
Mashing Finger
...
Telegraph Agent
Laura Lizer Sommers ...
Working Girl
...
Sheriff
Mel Todd ...
Conductor
Jim Anderson ...
Bartender
Edit

Storyline

"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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

...the fastest fun in the west!

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 July 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cactus Jack  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

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). See more »

Quotes

Cactus Jack: Take another step and I'll ventilate you!... Nobody outsmarts Cactus Jack Slade!
[Handsome Stranger and Cactus Jack are about to shoot it out]
Charming Jones: Hold it! Like the man says... just hold it.
[She walks up to Cactus Jack]
Charming Jones: [to Handsome Stranger] Ah, exactly *what* are your intentions?
Handsome Stranger: To see that justice is done!
Charming Jones: [to Cactus Jack] And yours?
Cactus Jack: Blow his head off! Steal the money!
Charming Jones: And...?
Cactus Jack: [laughs] ... And then I'm gonna ravish you!
[...]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tatort: Märchenwald (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Handsome Stranger
Written by Jimmy Darrell & Joe Smartt
Performed by 'Mel Tillis (I)'
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good Fun
6 September 2001 | by (Columbus OH) – See all my reviews

I can't understand why most people think every movie is trying to be Citizen Kane. I mean I love steak, but I would tire of it if I had to eat it every day. Sometimes you need pudding. This movie is pudding..not much substance but tastes great while it's in your mouth. I hadn't thought about this movie in ages until I was reading a bio on Arnold. This movie is a live action cartoon. It's goofy, silly and other adjectives that end in y, but it's fun to watch. It's especially fun to see it on those Sunday afternoons when nothing is on, but car racing and fishing. (With the advent of cable this has become a rare occasion, but I think most people will agree that even with 150 channels it's still hard to find something you want to watch.) If you get a chance to see this movie and don't take yourself too seriously you will have a good laugh.


22 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
LOVE this movie. kevinfromtx
Swaztika on horse! Jangali
The Ending and Roger from American Dad allsystmsdwn
Sleeper mikeval
Did Kirk ever comment on this? Willisroute2
Should I get this movie? majinjekku
Discuss The Villain (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?