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The Villain (1979) Poster

(1979)

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Eight identical horses played the role of Whiskey.
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Cactus Jack Slade, the character played by Kirk Douglas, is a human character form of the Wily E. Coyote character from the Warner Brothers 'Looney Tunes' / 'Road Runner' cartoons. This film though does not feature a human-form equivalent of the Road Runner character.
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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.
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The song that Kirk Douglas plays on the organ is the 'Yigdal', a popular hymn traditionally sung at the end of a Sabbath or high holiday service in a Conservative or Orthodox Jewish Synagogue.
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This is the last film project for Paul Lynde.
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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.
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The sign in front of a saloon is the painting from the side of Bandit's truck in Smokey and the Bandit (1977), also directed by Hal Needham.
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On the French soundtrack, the horse named "Whisky" had a dubbing voice added to make it sound even funnier.
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This so-called live-action version of a Warner Brothers 'Looney Tunes' cartoon was not production of the Warner Brothers studio but one of the Columbia Pictures studio.
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Ironically, this live-action version of a 'Looney Tunes' animated film actually had its main original American movie poster designed as a cartoon.
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Final theatrically released American western for Kirk Douglas.
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Mel Tillis, who plays stuttering Telegraph Agent character is also movie's soundtrack songs performer.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger's only ever western.
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The scene that shows the burning 'cathouse' features a caricature of Burt Reynolds painted on the side. Apparently, a nod from the director to his pal Reynolds.
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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.
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The central character in this western-spoof is Cactus Jack Slade. Similarly, there had been another western-spoof with a central character called Evil Roy Slade (1972). This was a tele-movie that had been made earlier in the decade. Both the Evil Roy Slade and Cactus Jack Slade characters are seen dressed very much alike, completely in black outfit with black hats, both sport moustaches, are villains, and share the same last name. The Slade surname in the earlier film was an acronym for "Sneaking, Lying, Arrogance, Dirtiness and Evil." Moreover, both characters in posters are seen riding atop a Western vehicle, Jack on a locomotive and Roy on a horse carriage.
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One of two western comedies released in 1979. The other was The Frisco Kid (1979).
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