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RAQUEL AS A GUNSLINGER ...WOW!
on 23 January 2011
'Hannie Caulder' directed by Burt Kennedy in 1971 was Raquel Welch's third venture into the western genre, the first being Bandolero!, the second, 100 Rifles and trust me it is not a bad little movie.
The storyline is quite simple, raped and left for dead by three sleaze-bags Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam and Strother Martin.
It is essentially a story of revenge with Hannie looking for the proper gun and how to handle it.
Robert Culp plays the sympathetic guardian angel to our Raquel and teaches Hannie how to shoot and dress, complete with Poncho (ring any bells?) and shoot she does with a specially designed pistol made by 'Bailey' our gunsmith, Christopher Lee in a very small guest role. The rest of the story revolves around Hannie tracking down 'dem dirty rapists' one by one.
The trailer for this movie gave the impression that it was another spaghetti western, not so, it was pure Hollywood. Watch out for a small cameo role by the great Stephen Boyd as the gunslinger in black, but doesn't utter one word.
The movie has a familiar theme and it has been done before and since. Thats not to take away from 'Hannie Caulder' as this movie can stand on its own. If you like Raquel......Then its luvley jubbley !!