|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 is a 1971 British-made Western film. The film was directed by Burt Kennedy and starred Raquel Welch, Robert Culp and Ernest Borgnine. The screenplay was rewritten by Kennedy, who wasn't credited.
Hannie Caulder is a frontier wife, living with her husband at a horse station between towns in the American West. After a disastrous bank raid, the inept Clemens brothers gang arrive at the station. They murder Caulder's husband, gang-rape her, burn down her house and leave her for dead. The brothers go on a crime spree, while Caulder recruits bounty hunter Thomas Price, to help her get revenge by training her to be a gunfighter. The pair travel to Mexico to have gunsmith Bailey build her a specialized revolver, to be a fast draw specialist. When bandidos surround the house, a gun battle erupts but Hannie is unable to kill a man face to face. Price recommends she give up her quest for revenge but she refuses, telling him to get out. She was only using him and doesn't need him any more. He leaves, telling her she's a bad liar.
As he goes, Price sees the Clemens brothers arrive in town. His attempt to take down Frank goes awry, because Emmet throws a knife into Price's belly, mortally wounding him. Hannie goes after them, killing Frank in a whorehouse. The two brothers swear revenge on her but she gets Rufus in a store when he tries to kill her. Hannie lures Emmett to an old prison for a showdown and almost meets the same fate as Price but Emmett's attempt to throw a knife into her back is thwarted by the Preacher, who shoots it from his hand. Hannie kills Emmett face to face but realizes that Price was right: taking revenge will change her forever.
- 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 Film Productions with a view to get funding for a movie starring Welch. Curtis proposed a horror movie or a Western; Tenser, who had always wanted to make a Western, picked the latter. Tigon put up 100% of the budget while Curtwel (Curtis and Welch's production company) put up their services. Neither Curtis nor Welch took a salary, instead taking profit participation. Before Hannie Caulder was released, Tigon and Curtwel co-produced The Sorcerers (1967), a horror film starring Boris Karloff. Thus, Curtis and Tenser did team up for both a western and a horror film.
it was the third film from Certwel, following A Swingin' Summer and The Beloved.
Robert Culp was signed to co star in December 1970.
Burt Kennedy and the cast were reportedly not paid after the first two weeks of filming, causing tension on set.
Fast draw artist Rodd Redwing was a technical adviser to the film, working with Robert Culp. 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 well at the UK box office and was reasonably successful in the United States.
Quentin Tarantino said the film was one of his inspirations for Kill Bill. "Why I love Hannie Caulder so much is Robert Culp. 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
- Raquel Welch the Wife of Patrick Curtis, Not Svengali: Movies Raquel Married to Patrick Curtis, Not Svengali Johnson, Patricia. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 21 Mar 1971: q1.
- MOVIE CALL SHEET: Culp, Raquel 'Caulder' Stars Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 21 Dec 1970: i19.
- Jonathan Rigby, Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History, Reynolds & Hearn 2001 p 143
- Wayne's Film Fans: They Don't Forget Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 19 May 1971: h12.
- Gerald Peary, Quentin Tarantino: Interviews, Revised and Updated Univ. Press of Mississippi, 17 Oct 2013 p 119