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Robert G. Kane (written by)
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Release Date:
27 July 1979 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
...the fastest fun in the west!
Plot:
Handsome Stranger has agreed to escort Charming Jones to collect her inheritance from her father. But Avery Jones wants the money... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Hal Needham obituary
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Hal Needham obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 27 October 2013, 5:06 PM, PDT)

'Smokey and the Bandit' director Hal Needham dies, aged 82
 (From Digital Spy - Movie News. 27 October 2013, 11:34 AM, PDT)

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Dudley DooRight versus Wile E. Coyote for Jessica Rabbit See more (56 total) »

Cast

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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
Paul Maslansky .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Bill Justis 
 
Cinematography by
Bobby Byrne 
 
Film Editing by
Walter Hannemann 
 
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson 
 
Costume Design by
Bob Mackie 
 
Sound Department
Dicken Berglund .... foley mixer
Dicken Berglund .... re-recording mixer m&e
Robert 'Bobby' Rouge .... boom operator
John Speak .... sound mixer
 
Stunts
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
Ted T. Sugura .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Jack N. Young .... extras casting (as Jack Young)
 
Other crew
John Craigmile .... wrangler (as John J. Craigmile)
Steve DeFrance .... stand-in
Kent Hays .... wrangler
Fred McDougall .... wrangler
Stevie Myers .... wrangler
David Needham .... assistant to producer
Kathleen M. Shea .... assistant to director
Chris Spann .... wrangler
Bob Terhune .... wrangler
 

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89 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia:
Final theatrically released American western for Kirk Douglas.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
Charmin'See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Dudley DooRight versus Wile E. Coyote for Jessica Rabbit, 25 May 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I'm not quite sure why Kirk Douglas took the part of a live Wile E. Coyote in the film villain other than to say that he had now tried the slapstick comedy genre. But in this case the frustrated coyote is not matched up with the beeping road runner. His adversary is Dudley DooRight in the person of Arnold Schwarzneggar, the Handsome Stranger. Yes folks, that's his character name.

We've got a third cartoon character in the mix, Ann-Margret doing a prototype of Jessica Rabbit. Annie's really showing off the stuff today with bosoms akimbo, she's got every member of the cast panting after her with the exceptions of Strother Martin who is her father and still sees Daddy's little girl and Arnie whom she pants after, but who doesn't show the slightest interest.

The bulk of the film is taken up with Kirk as villainous Cactus Jack and his horse Whiskey, doing their best to stop Arnie and Ann and rob them of a large sum of money from banker Jack Elam to Strother Martin. It's here where all the comparisons to the road runner cartoons take place.

I'm sure Kirk Douglas liked the change of pace, burlesquing his own western image. And he had a tough assignment because the majority of his scenes are alone and the dialog was spoken to his horse. Maybe Mr. Ed should have been cast in the role.

If anybody noticed the name of the horse Whiskey is the same name that Kirk Douglas used for his horse in his acclaimed Lonely Are The Brave.

Lest you think that because this is a road runner film the ending is a road runner ending. Let's just say that Jessica Rabbit has her needs and priorities as well.

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