Review: ‘Hannie Caulder’

Raquel Welch plays Hannie Caulder who, having been widowed and raped by the Clemens brothers, determines to avenge these wrongs. [Original story by Peter Cooper, based on characters created by Ian Quicke and Bob Richards.] With the aid of a bounty hunter she is soon showing that ladies shoot first and can be more deadly than the male.

Raquel Welch plays Hannie Caulder who, having been widowed and raped by the Clemens brothers, determines to avenge these wrongs. [Original story by Peter Cooper, based on characters created by Ian Quicke and Bob Richards.] With the aid of a bounty hunter she is soon showing that ladies shoot first and can be more deadly than the male.

The west may never have boasted so immaculate a markswoman but it seems highly unlikely that anyone is expected to take the film too seriously. Welch, with genteel modesty, makes the character for many rather ingratiating though others undoubtedly will find her plain ludicrous. All she has to wear after her farm has been set ablaze, while being raped by the drunken brothers, is a hastily-grabbed poncho. The avoidance of more than quick glimpses of a shapely thigh seems her main concern.

She is admirably supported by Ernest Borgnine as the meanest of the brothers and Robert Culp as the bounty hunter who befriends her. Christopher Lee, after his usual horror roles, makes an unusual appearance as a sympathetic gunsmith.

Hannie Caulder

UK - US

Production

Tigon/Curtwel. Dir Burt Kennedy; Producer Patrick Curtis; Screenplay Z.X. Jones, [Burt Kennedy, David Haft]; Camera Edward Scaife; Editor Jim Connock; Music Ken Thorne Art Dir Jose Alguero

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1971. Running time: 85 MIN.

With

Raquel Welch Robert Culp Ernest Borgnine Strother Martin Jack Elam Diana Dors
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