The Villain (1979)
The Villain (1979) poster
Directed by Hal Needham
Produced by Mort Engelberg
Written by Robert G. Kane
Starring Kirk Douglas
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Paul Lynde
Foster Brooks
Strother Martin
Ruth Buzzi
Jack Elam
Mel Tillis
Music by Bill Justis
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release July 27, 1979
Running time 89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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
Arnold Schwarzenegger films

Hercules in New York (1969)  · The Long Goodbye (1973)  · Happy Anniversary and Goodbye (1974)  · Stay Hungry (1976)  · Pumping Iron (1977)  · The Villain (1979)  · Scavenger Hunt (1979)  · Conan the Barbarian (1982)  · Conan the Destroyer (1984)  · The Terminator (1984)  · Red Sonja (1985)  · Commando (1985)  · Raw Deal (1986)  · Predator (1987)  · The Running Man (1987)  · Red Heat (1988)  · Twins (1988)  · Total Recall (1990)  · Kindergarten Cop (1990  · Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)  · Last Action Hero (1993)  · Dave (1993)  · True Lies (1994)  · Junior (1994)  · Eraser (1996)  · Jingle All the Way (1996)  · Batman & Robin (1997)  · End of Days (1999)  · The 6th Day (2000)  · Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)  · Collateral Damage (2002)  · Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)  · The Rundown (2003)  · Around the World in 80 Days (2004)  · Terminator Salvation (2009)  · The Expendables (2010)  · The Expendables 2 (2012)  · The Last Stand (2013)  · Escape Plan (2013)  · Sabotage (2014)  · The Expendables 3 (2014)  · Maggie (2015)  · Terminator Genisys (2015)  ·

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