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The Villain (1979) Poster

(1979)

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The sign in front of a saloon is the painting from the side of Snowman's truck in Smokey and the Bandit (1977), also directed by Hal Needham.
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If there are any doubts about this movie being an homage to the great American cartoons, the characters names here "Avery Simpson" and "Parody Jones" are clearly a salute to Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, two of the geniuses behind the Warner Brothers cartoon studio.
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"Cactus" Jack Slade (Kirk Douglas) was a human character form of Wily E. Coyote from the Warner Brothers "Looney Tunes" and "Road Runner" cartoons. This film though does not feature a human-form equivalent of the Road Runner though.
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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 Director Hal Needham to his pal Reynolds.
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On the French soundtrack, the horse named "Whiskey" had a dubbing voice added to make it sound even funnier.
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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 U.S.
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Final theatrically released American western for Kirk Douglas.
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Eight identical horses played the role of Whiskey.
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This was the last film project for Paul Lynde.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger's only western.
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This live-action version of a Warner Brothers' "Looney Tunes" cartoon was not a production of Warner Brothers, but one of Columbia Pictures.
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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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Mel Tillis, who played the stuttering Telegraph Agent is also movie's soundtrack songs performer.
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One of two western comedies released in 1979. The other was The Frisco Kid (1979). Both were box-office failures.
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The sign over the saloon is the same as the artwork on Snowman's truck in Smokey and the Bandit (1977). Both films were directed by Hal Needham.
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Coincidentally, this live-action version of a "Looney Tunes" animated film had its main original American movie poster designed as a cartoon.
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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 television movie. The Evil Roy Slade and "Cactus" Jack Slade characters were seen dressed very much alike, completely in black outfits 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." Also, 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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The name of "Cactus" Jack's horse was the same as the horse Kirk Douglas used in Lonely Are the Brave (1962), "Whiskey".
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"Whiskey" was the name of the horse in Kirk Douglas' Lonely Are the Brave (1962).
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Arnold Schwarzenegger (Handsome Stranger) wore an outfit identical to that of Clayton Moore's The Lone Ranger, just without a mask.
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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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Hal Needham directed Smokey and the Bandit (1977). The saloon was named "Bandits Hangout" after Burt Reynolds' character.
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