The Villain (1979)

aka: Cactus Jack
Comedy / Western

Film Review

The Villain picture
The Villain is an American western first released on 27th July 1979, directed by Hal Needham. Cinematography was by Bobby Byrne and the film was scored by Bill Justis. It stars Kirk Douglas, Ann-Margret, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul Lynde and Foster Brooks. It has also been released under the title: Cactus Jack.   It is a Rastar Pictures production, produced by Mort Engelberg and distributed by Columbia Pictures. Location filming was in Monument Valley, Utah, USA.   The film was released with the tagline: "...the fastest fun in the west!"   It is a color film and runs to 1 hour and 29 minutes.  

Our overall rating for The Villain is: good - passable entertainment.

Other memorable films that have been directed by Hal Needham include: Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981), Cannonball Run II (1984) and Rad (1986). The actor Kirk Douglas has also appeared in: A Letter to Three Wives (1949), Lust for Life (1956), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) and Seven Days in May (1964).

Other recommended comedy/western films from USA that you may want to consider are: Mel Brooks's Blazing Saddles (1974), Fred Zinnemann's Oklahoma! (1955), Joshua Logan's Paint Your Wagon (1969), Stanley Donen's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and James W. Horne's Way Out West (1937).

Film Credits

  • Director: Hal Needham
  • Script: Robert G. Kane
  • Cinematographer: Bobby Byrne
  • Music: Bill Justis
  • Cast: 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)
  • Editor: Walter Hannemann
  • Costume designer: Bob Mackie
  • Producer: Mort Engelberg, Paul Maslansky
  • Production company: Rastar Pictures
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Support: Color
  • Runtime: 89 min
  • Aka: Cactus Jack

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