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The Villain (Sous-titres français)

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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ann-Margret, Paul Lynde, Foster Brooks
  • Directors: Hal Needham
  • Writers: Robert G. Kane
  • Producers: Mort Engelberg, Paul Maslansky
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, Spanish, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 21 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063INF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,859 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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By B. Chandler TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 18 2013
Format: DVD
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 operating. Prickly oops Cactus Jack is hired to retrieve the movie before it can be delivered; however jack has plans of his own. Cactus is supported by his trusty steed, Whisky; Whisky has his own since of humor. Protecting Miss Charming is Handsome Stranger (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who is sort of a Boy Scout character. He even helps Damsel in Distress (Ruth Buzzi) to cross the street.

This movie is packed with every know character actor of the time and Mel Tillis. See how many you recognize.

There are lots on one line jokes and jokes older than the hills. Also see how many Road Runner skits you can find. I was disappointed to find that Cactus Jack did not get his equipment form Acme. My favorite part right after the scene where Ann-Margret leans over and says hold these, is the one from chapter six the fake tunnel in the rock; you could see that coming a mile away. They did it anyway. No sense of shame.
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Format: DVD
"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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By A Customer on Jan. 25 2000
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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By M-Taliesin on April 26 2002
Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
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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