Hannie Caulder (1972)

R | 85 mins | Western | June 1972

Director:

Burt Kennedy

Writer:

Burt Kennedy

Producer:

Patrick Curtis

Cinematographer:

Edward Scaife

Editor:

Jim Connock

Production Designer:

Jose Alguero
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HISTORY

Onscreen credits note that post-production work on the film was done at the Twickenham Studios in Middlesex, England. According to Filmfacts , Z. X. Jones was a pseudonym for Burt Kennedy and David Haft, who co-wrote the screenplay for Hannie Caulder . Haft was listed as the film's executive producer in HR production charts. The film's end credits feature a shot of each actor with his or her character name in the past tense. For example, the credit reads "Jack Elam was Frank." Only Raquel Welch's credit is listed in the present tense, "Raquel Welch is Hannie Caulder," alluding to the the fact that everyone else has been killed.
       According to Filmfacts , location scenes were filmed on the Costa Del Sol in Spain and HR production charts noted that location shooting was also done at Alermia, Spain. A Mar 1971 HR news item notes that ten days of interiors were filmed at the Moro Studios in Madrid. Curtwell Enterprises was a company formed by Welch and her then husband, Patrick Curtis, who also served as the film's producer. A Jun 1972 news item in Box notes that Pinnacle Books published a novelization of Hannie Caulder by William ... More Less

Onscreen credits note that post-production work on the film was done at the Twickenham Studios in Middlesex, England. According to Filmfacts , Z. X. Jones was a pseudonym for Burt Kennedy and David Haft, who co-wrote the screenplay for Hannie Caulder . Haft was listed as the film's executive producer in HR production charts. The film's end credits feature a shot of each actor with his or her character name in the past tense. For example, the credit reads "Jack Elam was Frank." Only Raquel Welch's credit is listed in the present tense, "Raquel Welch is Hannie Caulder," alluding to the the fact that everyone else has been killed.
       According to Filmfacts , location scenes were filmed on the Costa Del Sol in Spain and HR production charts noted that location shooting was also done at Alermia, Spain. A Mar 1971 HR news item notes that ten days of interiors were filmed at the Moro Studios in Madrid. Curtwell Enterprises was a company formed by Welch and her then husband, Patrick Curtis, who also served as the film's producer. A Jun 1972 news item in Box notes that Pinnacle Books published a novelization of Hannie Caulder by William Terry. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
12 Jun 1972.
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Box Office
26 Jun 1972.
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Daily Variety
15 Nov 1971.
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Filmfacts
1972
pp. 130-32.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jan 1971
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Mar 1971
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
22 May 1972
p. 4, 21.
Los Angeles Herald Examiner
6 Jul 1972.
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Los Angeles Times
5 Jul 1972
Section 4, p. 22.
New York Times
25 May 1972
p. 55.
Variety
17 Nov 1971
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Tigon/Curtwel Production
A Tigon/Curtwell Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Based on characters created by
Based on characters created by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Miss Welch's cost
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairdresser
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod accountant
SOURCES
SONGS
"Hannie Caulder," music by Ken Thorne, lyrics by Jack Fishman, sung by Bobby Hanna.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Release Date:
June 1972
Premiere Information:
London opening: 8 November 1971
New York opening: 24 May 1972
Production Date:
mid January--mid March 1971 in Spain and England
Copyright Claimant:
Tigon British Film Productions, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
14 November 1971
Copyright Number:
LF100
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
85
MPAA Rating:
R
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
23182
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The brutish, bungling Clemens brothers—Emmett, Rufus and Frank—are in the process of robbing a bank in a sleepy Mexican village when the teller sounds the alarm, sparking off a bloodbath in which the tellers are killed and Frank wounded. Awakened by the gunshots, the local militia pursues the brothers out of town. In their flight, the brothers come across an isolated relay station owned by Jim Caulder and are about to steal some horses when Jim appears and orders them to stop. Rufus responds by killing Jim, after which he stumbles into the house and find’s Jim’s wife Hannie. The brothers take turns raping Hannie, and in the morning, satiated with liquor and sex, they set fire to the house and run off the horses, leaving Hannie with only a blanket to cover her naked body. Fashioning a poncho out of the blanket, Hannie buries her husband, picks up his rifle and walks into the wilderness. At a well, she encounters Thomas Luther Price, a bespectacled, taciturn bounty hunter, and knocks him unconscious with her rifle butt. Hannie then notices a dead body slung over the back of Tom’s pack horse, and troubled by the thought of leaving an unconscious man alone in the wilderness, watches over Tom until he regains consciousness. When Hannie asks Tom to teach her how to shoot so that she can exact revenge, he is skeptical of her motivations and rides away after offering her a hat and a canteen to fend off the heat. Hannie follows him on foot however, and that night, appears after he has set up camp. Settling her head ... +


The brutish, bungling Clemens brothers—Emmett, Rufus and Frank—are in the process of robbing a bank in a sleepy Mexican village when the teller sounds the alarm, sparking off a bloodbath in which the tellers are killed and Frank wounded. Awakened by the gunshots, the local militia pursues the brothers out of town. In their flight, the brothers come across an isolated relay station owned by Jim Caulder and are about to steal some horses when Jim appears and orders them to stop. Rufus responds by killing Jim, after which he stumbles into the house and find’s Jim’s wife Hannie. The brothers take turns raping Hannie, and in the morning, satiated with liquor and sex, they set fire to the house and run off the horses, leaving Hannie with only a blanket to cover her naked body. Fashioning a poncho out of the blanket, Hannie buries her husband, picks up his rifle and walks into the wilderness. At a well, she encounters Thomas Luther Price, a bespectacled, taciturn bounty hunter, and knocks him unconscious with her rifle butt. Hannie then notices a dead body slung over the back of Tom’s pack horse, and troubled by the thought of leaving an unconscious man alone in the wilderness, watches over Tom until he regains consciousness. When Hannie asks Tom to teach her how to shoot so that she can exact revenge, he is skeptical of her motivations and rides away after offering her a hat and a canteen to fend off the heat. Hannie follows him on foot however, and that night, appears after he has set up camp. Settling her head onto a saddle, Hannie falls asleep but wakes up screaming from a nightmare about being raped. Realizing that Hannie does have a motive for revenge, Tom feels sympathy for her and after giving her a pair of pants to wear, offers to take her to Mexico where his friend, Bailey, a talented gunsmith, will make a weapon for her. They stop at a town along the way, where Tom turns the dead man’s body in for a reward. Tom then gives Hannie some of the money to buy pants and a pair of boots. The store only carries large sizes, however, so Hannie is forced to mold the buckskin pants to her body by wearing them while she takes a bath. After they reach Bailey’s idyllic home on the beach, Bailey begins to forge a gun for Hannie while she exercises to build up the strength in her arms. One day, as Bailey is tinkering with the gun, The Preacher, a mysterious man wearing a black frock coat, arrives to have Bailey repair his weapon. Once Hannie’s is ready, Tom sets about teaching her how to defend herself, but their peaceful existence is interrupted one day when a group of bandits rides onto the beach. Bailey, Tom and Hannie fend off the bandits, but when Hannie comes face-to-face with one of the assailants, she realizes she is unable to shoot him. Tom quickly dispatches the man, after which, the few who still remain alive flee. Soon after, Tom and Hannie say goodbye to Bailey and proceed to town, where they rent a hotel room. When Tom learns that the Clemenses are headed that way, he warns Hannie to give up her vendetta, but when she begins to argue with him, he walks out onto the street and spots the brothers riding into town. The Clemenses split up, with Frank going to get a haircut while his brothers visit the bordello. When Frank steps out of the barber’s shop, Tom confronts him with a poster for his reward and orders him to disarm. Just then, Rufus and Emmett come out of the bordello and Emmett hurls his knife at Tom, stabbing him in the stomach. Hearing the commotion, Hannie runs out and has Tom carried to her hotel room, where he dies in her bed. Hardened by grief, Hannie struts into the bordello looking for the brothers. Finding Frank with one of the prostitutes, Hannie tosses him his gun belt and orders him to draw. Although Frank wounds Hannie, the propulsion of her gunshots sends Frank flying through the window to his death. After having her wound tended, Hannie claims her reward for Frank, then enters a shop to buy some perfume. Spotting her through the window, Rufus runs in, waving his shotgun at her. With her gun concealed in the sling holding her wounded arm, Hannie turns toward Rufus and shoots him. Hannie then instructs the sheriff to inform Emmett that she will be waiting for him at an abandoned prison on the outskirts of town. Emmett arrives there in the midst of a dust storm and locates Hannie by the shadow she casts on the stairs. Emmett is about to fling his knife at Hannie when the man in black appears and shoots it out of his hand. Recalling Tom’s advice about how to protect herself, Hannie outdraws Emmett, emptying the contents of her gun into his body. Hannie then rides off with Emmett’s body slung over his horse and The Preacher trailing them. +

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