|The Villain (1979)|
|Directed by||Hal Needham|
|Produced by||Mort Engelberg|
|Written by||Robert G. Kane|
|Music by||Bill Justis|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release||July 27, 1979|
|Running time||89 minutes|
The Villain is a 1979 American film. A parody of western films, it was directed by Hal Needham and starred Kirk Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ann-Margret, Paul Lynde, Foster Brooks, Strother Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Jack Elam, and Mel Tillis.
Its title when released in the UK and in Australia was Cactus Jack.
A beautiful woman, "Charming Jones" (Ann-Margret) is being escorted by a cowboy, "Handsome Stranger" (Schwarzenegger). Jones claims money left her by her father, Parody Jones (Martin). However, bad guy Avery Simpson (Elam), who handed her the money, decides he wants it for himself. He hires an old cowboy, "Cactus Jack" (Douglas), to rob them when they leave town.
Cactus Jack proceeds to lay trap after trap for Charming and the Stranger, all of which backfire in an obvious live-action homage to Wile E. Coyote cartoons. Jack's attempt to enlist the assistance of a local American Indian tribe also fails. Finally, Jack confronts the couple openly, at which point Charming kisses Jack and he proceeds to bounce around the screen in red-hot elation in a manner similar to Tex Avery's Big Bad Wolf character.
- Kirk Douglas as Cactus Jack
- Ann-Margret as Charming Jones
- Arnold Schwarzenegger as Handsome Stranger
- Strother Martin as Parody Jones
- Paul Lynde as Nervous Elk
- Jack Elam as Simpson
- Mel Tillis as Telegraph Agent
- Ruth Buzzi as Damsel in Distress
- Foster Brooks as Bank Clerk