The wild west gets wilder when Raquel Welch saddles up in Hannie Caulder, a sagebrush saga that combines hard-hitting action with the rowdiness of three of the most wicked villains ever to ride the lone prairie, played by Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam and Strother Martin. Welch is Hannie, a woman sworn to vengeance after she’s raped and widowed. At first, she has more heart than know-how, but once a bounty hunter (Robert Culp) arrives in town, he teaches her how to use a gun. Hannie straps on her .45 and sets out to put a few notches in its handle. Legendary villain Christopher Lee plays a sympathetic gunsmith who befriends Hannie. This one-of-a-kind western was directed by Burt Kennedy. –Olive Films
American screenwriter and director—particularly of westerns—Burt Kennedy was the son of performers. He was part of their act, “The Dancing Kennedys”, from infancy. He served in World War II as a cavalry officer and was highly decorated. After the war he joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse, but was ousted after one play as an actor for missing rehearsal. He found a job writing radio programs such as “Hash Knife Hartley” and “The Used Story Lot”, then used his army fencing training to land work as a stunt fencer in films. Kennedy was hired to write 13 scripts for a proposed television program, “Juan and Diablo”, with plans for John Wayne’s Batjac Co. contract player Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez to star. The show was never produced, but Kennedy was kept on at Batjac to write films for producer Wayne. His initial effort, Seven Men from Now (1956), was a superb western, the first of the esteemed collaboration between director Budd Boetticher and star Randolph Scott. Kennedy wrote most of… read more
A fairly entertaining exploitation film -- exactly like Karate Kid except w/ rape and rape flashbacks -- redeemed by one great line: "Like the man said, there aren't any hard women, only soft men." Welch is OK; she lacks tragic weight but gets to show off her bum, winkingly, in form-fitting leather pants. Who was the ghostly shooter at the end, Ben Kenobi?