|Directed by||Burt Kennedy|
|Produced by||Patrick Curtis
|Written by||Z.X. Jones
Burt Kennedy (uncredited)
|Based on||characters created by Ian Quicke and Bob Richards
story by Peter Cooper
Tigon British Film Productions
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Hannie Caulder (Welch) is a frontier wife whose husband is murdered by the Clemens brothers, a trio of rather inept outlaw brothers (played by Borgnine, Strother Martin, and Jack Elam).
After a disastrous bank raid, the Clemens men gang-rape Caulder, murder her husband, burn down her house, and leave her for dead. They go on a crime spree, while Caulder recruits professional bounty hunter Thomas Price (Culp) to help her seek revenge by training her to use a gun.
- Raquel Welch as Hannie Caulder
- Robert Culp as Thomas Luther Price
- Ernest Borgnine as Emmett Clemens
- Jack Elam as Frank Clemens
- Strother Martin as Rufus Clemens
- Christopher Lee as Bailey
- Diana Dors as the Madam
Patrick Curtis, then married to Raquel Welch, met with Tony Tenser of Tigon British Films with a view to get funding for a movie starring Welch. He proposed a horror movie and a Western; Tenser, who had always wanted to make a Western, picked the latter. Tigon put up 60% of the budget, Curtwel (Curtis and Welch's production company) paid for the latter. Neither Curtis or Welch took a salary, instead taking profit participation.
Despite being entirely set in the American West and Mexico the film was a British production and was filmed, as was common at the time, in Spain mostly around Almeria. Filming began on 18 January 1971.
Christopher Lee portrays the gunsmith who builds Welch a specialized revolver for her journey ahead. Diana Dors takes on the role of a prostitute in this feature, while Stephen Boyd has a brief appearance (in an uncredited role) as a gunfighter known simply as "The Preacher". Aldo Sambrell, a Spanish actor, has a cameo as a Mexican soldier.
Flamenco guitar virtuoso Paco de Lucía makes a cameo appearance as a Mexican musician.
Roderic "Rodd" Redwing, a fast draw artist, was technical adviser and worked with Robert Culp in this film. Rodd Redwing suffered a heart attack on the plane returning from the filming in Spain and died shortly after landing in Los Angeles.
The film performed reasonably at the UK box office but was a commercial disappointment in the US.
Quentin Tarantino later said the film was one of his inspirations for Kill Bill. "Why I love Hannie Caulder so much is Robert Culp," he said. "He is so magnificent in that movie. I actually think there's a bit of similarity between Sonny Chiba and Uma [in Kill Bill] and Raquel Welch and Robert Culp in Hannie Caulder."
- Greenspun, Roger (1971). "Hannie Caulder". The New York Times.
- p. 147 Joyner, C. Courtney Burt Kennedy Interview in The Westerners: Interviews with Actors, Directors, Writers and Producers McFarland
- John Hamilton, Beasts in the Cellar: The Exploitation Film Career of Tony Tenser, Fab Press 2005 p 194-198, 218-221
- Jonathan Rigby, Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History, Reynolds & Hearn 2001 p 143
- Gerald Peary, Quentin Tarantino: Interviews, Revised and Updated Univ. Press of Mississippi, 17 Oct 2013 p 119
- Hannie Caulder at the Internet Movie Database
- Hannie Caulder at the Spaghetti Western Database
- Hannie Caulder review at New York Times
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