The Villain

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  • PG
  • 1979
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 5.3  (7,661)
  • 22

The Villain from 1979 is an American Western comedy directed by Hal Needham and stars Kirk Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Ann-Margret. The film is about a bizarre love triangle between the tough and determined Cactus Jack (Kirk Douglas), the beautiful yet restless Charming Jones (Ann-Margret), and Handsome Stranger (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who has been tasked with transporting Charming's inheritance to her father. Cactus Jack is a bandit who is tasked with stealing the money Charming has inherited by her father.

As Handsome Stranger is transporting Charming's inheritance, Cactus Jack and his gang ambush and attempt to steal the money. In the midst of the chaos, Charming Jones finds herself attracted to Handsome Stranger, and together they try to escape the clutches of Cactus Jack and his gang.

The Villain is a silly and comedic take on the classic Western genre. The film is filled with wacky sight gags and hilarious stunts, making it an entertaining and light-hearted flick. The film also features a musical number by Ann-Margret in which she sings "The Cowboy Way."

Kirk Douglas gives a standout performance as Cactus Jack, the film's villain, delivering a comically over-the-top performance filled with scenery-chewing and bombastic dialogue. Meanwhile, Arnold Schwarzenegger shows off his comedic chops, playing the straight man who tries to keep a cool head in the midst of all the chaos.

Ann-Margret is also a delight to watch, bringing some much-needed charm and humor to the film. She is also completely gorgeous in her various Western-inspired outfits, adding to the film's overall sense of fun and frivolity.

The Villain is not a deep or thought-provoking film by any means. Instead, it is a light-hearted and easy-to-watch comedy that is perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. The humor is broad and slapstick, but it is delivered with a certain amount of skill and charm that makes it hard not to be won over by the film's antics.

The film's production values are also notable, showcasing some impressive stunt work and beautifully shot outdoor Western locations. The film was shot on location in Durango, Mexico, which helps to lend the film an authentic feel and look.

In the end, The Villain is a fun and entertaining film that is perfect for fans of Westerns and comedies alike. It may not be the deepest or most sophisticated film out there, but it is sure to leave a smile on your face and a chuckle in your heart.

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Description
  • Release Date
    1979
  • MPAA Rating
    PG
  • Runtime
    1 hr 29 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    5.3  (7,661)
  • Metascore
    22