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The Villain (Sous-titres français)

Kirk Douglas , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Hal Needham    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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This curiosity from the mid-1970s is breathtaking in its dreadfulness. Directed by Hal Needham, this was an attempt at creating a Roadrunner cartoon with live actors--except that instead of a live actor they got Arnold Schwarzenegger, before Hollywood smoothed his rough edges (and his Austrian accent). He plays the invulnerable sheriff who rides blithely through life, unaware that the evil Kirk Douglas wants to kill him and kidnap his squeeze, Ann-Margret. The stunts are cartoony without being funny and Schwarzenegger shows exactly why he was known as "the Austrian Oak." Douglas works extra hard but effort alone isn't enough to elevate this script. --Marshall Fine

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"The Villain" is a fun little guilty pleasure, a Looney Toons cartoon disguised as a live-action Western and featuring some major names. The comedy is so slapstick and the dialogue so screwball, one cannot help but wonder what the heck Kirk Douglas is doing in a film like this! Perhaps he was cleansing himself of the debacle that was "The Fury".
That being said, all the actors in the film play it with the earnestness all good comedy needs to succeed. Hal Needham, in the middle hour of his directing heyday, acquits himself well without his usual lead actor Burt Reynolds. Needham plays up the material for all it is worth, achieving the same type of real world/cartoon symmetry "Roger Rabbit" is famed for. Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a hilarous splash against type as a noble cowboy whose name constitutes one of the best gags in the film. In fact, it is the three leads that make "The Villain" a worthwhile and easy watch, as their "for keeps" performances eliminate the self-mocking mail-in performances that doom many mediocre projects.
Therefore, either for the cult film enthusiast or casual viewer, this would be an easy recommendation for purchase or rental. HOWEVER, the DVD release of this film gets the glaring 1 (wish it was zero) rating for the increasingly emerging cardinal sin of DVD's - a pan & scan only release with minimal to no extras. According to reports, various consumer focus groups and studies have led studios to believe people are intimidated by the letterboxing black bars and want the safety, familiarity, and cropped comfort of full-screen. Why they wouldn't offer both (especially with no extras) is beyond me. Why they would think a film with a small, but dedicated following would accept this is equally beyond me. Sorry, Hal, Kirk, Ann, and Arnold, until Columbia ponies up a more worthy version of your film, "The Villain" won't be hiding out in my collection anytime soon.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Live-action cartoon Jan. 25 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
What fun! I stumbled onto this movie in progress on a program called "Golden Age of Comedy Movies." I paused when I saw Arnold and Ann-Margret in an old western, curious as to what this was. When Ann-Margret leaned out of the train and handed Arnold her bags, nearly falling out of her low-cut dress in the process and saying, "Take hold of these," I knew this wasn't a serious drama I was watching. When Kirk Douglas showed up, I was hooked. It's impossible not to make comparisons with The Roadrunner cartoons as Kirk Douglas performs impossible leaps and survives intact after being crushed by a giant boulder and hit by a train. His trusty sidekick, Whiskey the horse, is a pure delight. It's odd to see Arnold in cowboy garb. His job is mostly to look studly and his lines mostly consist of, "I really don't know!" delivered with a bewildered look. Definitely a one-of-a-kind movie. Don't watch it if you're expecting great acting and writing, but if you just want to get in on the fun of big name stars acting very silly, you'll love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Fun April 26 2002
This movie is highly entertaining and just plain fun. It isn't intended to be an epic, like Spartacus or Cleopatra. It's simply fun.
In many ways, this movie is reminiscent of Coyote and Road Runner, but with Kirk Douglas and Arnie Swartzenegger in the lead character roles. It is very camp, and if you enjoy comic camp, this is a really entertaining film. It does not allow itself to fret over such trivialities as political correctness. It just sets out to be loony fun. And for the purpose it seeks to achieve, it does so wonderfully.
If you want good, hearty laughter, you could do far worse than this modest little film. Good clean fun and sappy slapstick all the way. Certainly you will agree, if you see this movie, that the outlaw's horse is much smarter than his master.
The purpose of film is to entertain, and this little sleeper can deliver. This is not a movie for everybody, but those who appreciate camp should enjoy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 'Charming, just charming' June 9 2002
The Villain is a curiosity piece. After sitting through the whole 90 minutes (believe me, that's one hell of an accomplishment with this film), I've come away wondering who is this film aimed at? Part Road Runner film, part cowboy film and part comedy. Most of the humour is too silly for adults; it's mainly aimed at 5 year olds apart from when Charming Jones (Ann-Margret) is on camera - she is the only genuinly funny character which the adults can laugh at, she openly mocks her own endowments and frustrations by the lack of 'attention' shown to her by Handsome Stranger.
Arnold and Kirk are both lost with their characters. The real stars are buxum Charming Jones (Ann-Margret), Lucky (the horse) and Nervous Elk (played by a very funny Paul Lynde).
I give the film 2 stars - 1 star for a very funny performance by Ann-Margret and the 2nd to the horse trainer!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun Jan. 30 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this movie over fifteen years ago, when I stumbled acrossed it in my fathers collection. The way he described it was "a real life Road Runner movie." While at first this did not sound terribly good, when I found out that Arnold was in it I figured that it was worth a shot. The first thought is "Arnold in a WESTERN?" As the movie started, I found it an extremely light-hearted romp with Kirk Douglas doing a great (not)so bad guy to the (saccharine sweet)good guy of Arnold. While not a great movie, it is a good movie that anybody of any age can sit down and watch. It would be a great movie for a parent to sit down with their young child and watch. For a light-hearted movie that will cause you to just laugh I must recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great cast funny movie to have
very funny movie to own
Published 1 month ago by ROBERT DICKINSON
3.0 out of 5 stars much like a cartoon
VERY VERY SILLY, much like a cartoon, but that is what we bought it for. No the best acting from any of the characters, but it was a funny movie to watch.
Published 3 months ago by C. D. Mahar
3.0 out of 5 stars It was just OK viewing
It was just OK viewing.

My wife and just found this movie a little silly and Cheezie like a kids movie that was not very good
Published 8 months ago by John Van Oirschot
5.0 out of 5 stars A live Road Runner cartoon
The film actually has a good story as Miss Charming Jones (Ann-Margret) in pretty good shape) is sent to the bank to get money for here fathered to keep his half of the mine... Read more
Published 11 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
A fantastic comedy! It is a shame how few people know this movie. Everyone that I have shown it to loves it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Angela Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Westerns gone roadrunner,,,!!!
Here are major stars doing Hal Needham comedy, Kirk Douglas (!!) is the totally useless bad guy ( think whyly coyotye ) ,
good grief , Arnold Sw ( Cal Gov ) is " Handsome... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Big Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun surprise
My husband and I watched The Villian the other day out of curiousity and we were pleasantly surprised with how much fun it was. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2011 by Mree
5.0 out of 5 stars an all time favorite
This is one of my most favorite movies. It actually is a family favorite. We made our original "beta" copy when it 1st appeared on cable in the early "70's-. Read more
Published on March 13 2004 by Esther Rogers
3.0 out of 5 stars Alas, pan -n- scan
I first saw the movie years ago and thought it was hysterical. Sadly this release crops the movie -- if it were widescreen I would buy it in a heartbeat. Read more
Published on July 9 2003 by S. Rider
4.0 out of 5 stars A cinematic cartoon
As other reviewers have already indicated, this is like a Road Runner cartoon only with real actors - Kirk Douglas, Ann Margaret and of course Arnold who plays the handsome... Read more
Published on May 29 2003
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