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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
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'Smokey and the Bandit' director Hal Needham dies, aged 82
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incredibly stupid fun See more (57 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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Runtime:
89 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
If there are any doubts about this movie being a homage to the great American cartoon, the character name here "Avery Jones" is clearly a salute to Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, two of the geniuses behind the Warner Bros. cartoon studio.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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:
Cactus Jack:[Jack sticks his gun in the Bank Clerks face] One. Close the door. Two. Open the safe. Three. On the floor.
Cactus Jack:[the Bank Clerk closes the door, and then gets on the floor. Jack leans down and taps the Bank Clerk on the shoulder with the gun] You forgot Number two.
Bank Clerk:Oh no I didn't! I did that when you stuck that gun in my face!
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Soundtrack:
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
incredibly stupid fun, 3 August 2005
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a perfect film if you just want to turn off your brain and have a good laugh. I was amazed at how low rated this film is--perhaps too many people take this film too seriously! This was never meant to be high art, but more like an extended live action version of a Wiley Coyote versus the Roadrunner cartoon. There was so much similarity, I half expected that this film would be sponsored by ACME.

Kirk Douglas is the hapless bad guy bent on killing the more than amply endowed Ann-Margret (you'll see what I mean if you watch the film) and the incredibly dumb hero played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Again and again and again his dopey schemes fall flat until the movie comes to a very unexpected and funny ending.

While I will admit this is more of a kids movie, adults can enjoy it too provided they don't think too much and just sit back and watch with an open mind.

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