ODD REVIEWS BY ODDCUBEOpinions on the Obscure, Off-Beat, and Outdated
THE VILLAINHi kids, guess what time it is? That's right, time once again for Oddcube toelucidate about the unremembered, unknown, underappreciated, and downrightunpopular! Hey, it was more interesting than just saying "welcome back to the column"again!Anyway, everybody's buddy, Oddcube, here. In the off chance that you're new tomy little patch of monthly weirdness, my goal is to heighten the general public'sawareness of nifty stuff! What kind of stuff? Well, it depends on how I feel at the time.This month's article is about a movie.Here, let me tell ya how I picked the subject, cuz I hear that some people dig thatstuff. So, I'm probably not as different from other people as I like to think I am. I watchmovies and TV shows and pick up the good lines, which eventually work their way intomy "normal" conversation. You've done that, right? Sure ya have, everybody does that!So as I was saying, I'm having a conversation a few weeks back and manage towork in one of my stock lines. And did my creative conversing accredit me withaccolades? No, just crickets cuz my clever quip wasn't caught by my colleague. And thesimple, sad certainty of it is that the cleverness of a clever quip doesn't keep whencommentary is required. So to make a long story short (yeah, I know, it's too late) theline was from an old movie called "
" and I thought, "What a shame more people don't remember (or even know about) that movie". So I'm telling you about it!So, what is "
"? Well, it's a movie, released in 1979. In the UK andAustralia it was released under the title "
". Why? I don't know! They dothat crap a lot, though! It was written by Robert G. Kane, who only has one other creditlisted at IMDb and that's a Fred MacMurray film called "
Kisses for My President
", whichI've never seen.It was directed by Hal Needham. Who's Hal Needham? Well, he started off as astunt man who doubled for Burt Reynolds and Richard Boone (among others). He alsodirected some of the coolest flicks you'd ever wanna see. Like what, I hear you plaintively inquire? Well, like "
Smokey and the Bandit I&II",
AND (as if that wasn'tenough) "
Cannonball Run I&II
", AND…some other stuff, too.The movie stars legendary great Kirk Douglas as the titular villain, Cactus Jack Slade. The damsel-in-distress is none other than the beautiful Ann-Margret. The dubioushero is played by none other than a pre-Conan Arnold Schwarzenegger (no lie!). I trustthat this trio of stars is sufficiently stellar enough that I don't have remind you of whothey are. I mean, they're Kirk Douglas, Ann-Margret, and Arnold, for crying out loud!These three stars really take up the bulk of the movie. Coming in fourth place isPaul Lynde, uh Uncle Arthur on
or the unaccredited voice of the PhantomClaw on Hanna-Barbera's
Perils of Penelope Pitstop
, gets to play—now get this—anIndian Chief! Also appearing (for about five minutes each) is comedian Foster Brooks(known best as the Loveable Lush), veteran character actor Strother Martin, Jack Elam (astock villain in westerns and gangster flicks), Mel Tillis (the country star who stutterswhen he talks, but not when he sings), and the fabulously funny Ruth Buzzi (best known,