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27 July 1979 (USA) See more »
...the fastest fun in the west!
"Cactus" Jack Slade (Douglas) is the meanest bad man in the west or so he thinks. When a bank robbery goes awry... See more » | Full synopsis »
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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clinton James Austin ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Hal Needham 
Writing credits
Robert G. Kane (written by)

Produced by
Mort Engelberg .... producer
Stuart Fleming .... associate producer (as Stu Fleming)
Paul Maslansky .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bill Justis 
Cinematography by
Bobby Byrne 
Film Editing by
Walter Hannemann 
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson 
Set Decoration by
Robert Gould 
Makeup Department
Frankie Bergman .... hair stylist
Dorothy Byrne .... hair stylist
Cherie .... hair stylist
George Masters .... makeup creator: Ann-Margret
Dorothy Parkinson .... body makeup artist
Hallie Smith-Simmons .... makeup artist
William Turner .... chief makeup artist (as Bill Turner)
Production Management
Stuart Fleming .... unit production manager (as Stu Fleming)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Bueno .... second assistant director
David Hamburger .... first assistant director (as David Shamroy Hamburger)
Toby Lovallo .... second assistant director
Art Department
Frank Ayre .... assistant property master
Mark Hollis .... painter
Frankie Inez .... prop maker
Cruz Magana .... prop maker
William A. Petrotta .... property master (as Bill Petrotta)
Kent Remington .... leadman
Jack Torpin .... construction coordinator (as Jack B. Torpin)
Sound Department
Dale Johnston .... supervising sound editor
Michael J. Kohut .... sound re-recordist (as Mike Kohut)
William L. McCaughey .... sound re-recordist (as Bill McCaughey)
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recordist
John Speak .... sound mixer (as John V. Speak)
Richard Thornton .... boom operator
Dicken Berglund .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Dicken Berglund .... re-recording mixer m&e (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby' Rouge .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger Jr. .... special effects (as Clifford Wenger Jr.)
Carol Wenger .... special effects (as Carol Lynn Wenger)
Cliff Wenger .... special effects (as Cliff Wenger Sr.)
Joe Sargent .... special effects: Boulder (uncredited)
John Ashby .... stunts
Jim Burgdorf .... stunts
Steven Chambers .... stunts
Gary Combs .... stunt coordinator
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts
Jean Coulter .... stunts (as Jeannie Coulter)
H.P. Evetts .... stunts
Clifford Happy .... stunts
Bennie Moore .... stunts
Regina Parton .... stunts
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts
Larry Randles .... stunts
Bobby Sargent .... stunts (as Bobby Sargeant)
Joree Sirianni .... stunts
Andree Williams .... stunts
Walter Wyatt .... stunts
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Borchardt .... key grip
James F. Boyle .... gaffer (as Jim Boyle)
Ophelious Braxton .... best boy grip
Peter Davidian .... best boy electric
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator
Eric Engler .... assistant camera
Charles Hatcher .... grip (as Chuck Hatcher)
John A. Hawn .... lamp operator (as John Hawn)
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
Ken Nishino .... assistant camera (as Kenneth Nishino)
David B. Nowell .... aerial camera operator (as David Nowell)
Donald Schmitz .... dolly grip (as Don Schmitz)
Steve Shaver .... lamp operator
Michael Shea .... photographer: main title (as Mike Shea)
Joseph D. Steuben .... second camera operator (as Joseph Dallet Steuben)
Ted T. Sugura .... first assistant camera (as Ted Tadashi Sugiura)
Tim McClanahan .... grip: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Herb Morris .... electrician: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jack N. Young .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luster Bayless .... wardrobe master
Michael Castellano .... costumer
Bud Clark .... costumer
Betsy Heimann .... costumer (as Betsy Faith Heimann)
Bob Mackie .... costume designer: Ann-Margret
Derek Crane .... costumer: Kirk Douglas (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Bud Clarke .... assistant editor
Music Department
Carl Brandt .... orchestrator
David Davis .... orchestrator (as David H. Davis)
Bill Justis .... orchestrator
Jack L. Martin .... orchestrator
Al Teeter .... music editor (as Almon Teeter)
Transportation Department
Mike De Moss .... driver
Mike Doyle .... assistant transportation captain
Lee Elmendorf .... driver
Bill Fredrick .... driver: insert car
Alan Lance Myers .... driver
Bill Myers .... driver
Bill Nuss .... driver: insert car
Howard A. Small .... transportation captain (as Howard Small)
Louis Videgain .... driver
Douglas Edgell .... driver: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Bill Fredericks .... driver (uncredited)
John Goldthorpe .... driver: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Fargo Graham .... driver: Los Angeles (uncredited)
William Pat Knapp .... driver: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Harry McCorey .... driver: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Gene Payne .... driver: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Tony Quihuis .... driver: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Roy Van Buskirk .... driver (uncredited)
Ben Ward .... driver: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Jack Warner .... driver: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Richard Wilson .... driver: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Other crew
John Craigmile .... wrangler (as John J. Craigmile)
Robert Davenport .... trainer: Whiskey the horse (as Bobby Davenport)
Steve DeFrance .... stand-in
Tom Gray .... unit publicist
Kent Hays .... wrangler
Eve Light Honthaner .... production secretary
Fred McDougall .... wrangler
James Moffett .... first aid (as Jim Moffett R.N.)
Stevie Myers .... wrangler
David Needham .... assistant to producer
Giedra Rackauskas .... production accountant
Kathleen M. Shea .... assistant to director
Chris Spann .... wrangler
Laurie Kay Stratton .... secretary: Hal Needham
Bob Terhune .... wrangler
Hope Williams .... script supervisor
Rod Stewart .... craft service: Los Angeles (uncredited)
R. Wescott Jr. .... projectionist: Los Angeles (uncredited)

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89 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

One of two western comedies released in 1979. The other was The Frisco Kid (1979).See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Nervous Elk:[about Cactus Jack] Why does banker want him watched? He needs to be looked after!See more »
Movie Connections:
Handsome StrangerSee more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Great movie, 9 January 2007
Author: ibrahim-18 from Germany

You've got kids and you want the whole family to have good time. This is the right movie for you. This movie is simply hilarious. It's like watching the road runner or a sequel of Yosemite Sam and Buggs Bunny. Your kids will probably watch the movie several times and every time they're feeling bored or have nothing to do.

In this film Kirk Douglas gets squashed by a rolling big rock, he glues himself to the railroad, he falls in a ravine, he tries to run through a painted tunnel on a Mountain and he glides along a rope stretching between a tree and the mouth of his own horse.

I bet your kids are even gonna talk about it when they're grownups and they'll make their kids watch it too.

You've never seen Kirk Douglas or Arnold playing similar roles to this.

I certainly recommend it.

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