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Film / Hannie Caulder

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Hannie Caulder is a 1971 British Western film. The film was directed by Burt Kennedy and starred Raquel Welch, Robert Culp, and Ernest Borgnine.

When the criminal trio of the Clemens brothers murder the husband of Hannie Caulder (Welch), gang-rape her, burn down her house and leave her for dead, Caulder recruits bounty hunter Thomas Price (Culp) to help her get revenge by training her to be a gunfighter.


This film features examples of:

  • Badass Preacher: The Preacher, appropriately enough, a skillful gunslinger.
  • Bandito: Price and Hannie 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.
  • Big Damn Heroes: At the end of the film, when it seems that Hannie will meet the same fate as Price, the Preacher appears to shoot the knife out from Emmett's hand, allowing Hannie to kill him.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: When Emmett attempts to throw a knife into Hannie's back, he is thwarted by the Preacher, who shoots it from his hand.
  • The Cameo:
    • Christopher Lee as Bailey, a gunsmith who Hannie and Price task with building a special revolver for her. Lee's brief appearance in this film was his only role in a Western.
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    • Stephen Boyd as the mysterious gunslinger known as the Preacher.
    • Diana Dors as the madam at the saloon.
  • Destination Defenestration: When Hannie shoots Frank Clemens, the impact of the bullet is enough to send flying backwards through the window of saloon, where lands on top of a woman walking by in the street.
  • Due to the Dead: Whenever Price kills his quarry, he gives back some of his reward to cover the funeral. Hannie does the same thing later on.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Preacher is only known by that name.
  • Forging Scene: The scenes of Hannie's strength training are interspersed with scenes of Bailey forging her custom firearm.
  • From Dress to Dressing: Emmett rips up his last clean shirt and uses it to bandage his brother Frank's leg after Frank is shot escaping the Federales.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: When Rufus Clemens grabs Hannie, she responds by smashing a bottle over his head. It doesn't do any good.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: When Hannie interrupts Frank Clemens in bed with a prostitute, he claps his hat over his crotch, even though he is still wearing longjohns. However, given what the girls was doing at the time, it seems very likely that his flies were open.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him!: This is basically what Price implies when he warns Hannie that taking revenge will change her forever, and Hannie's reaction after he finishes the Clemens brothers implies that he was right.
    Thomas Price: Win or lose, you lose, Hannie Caulder.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Price gets killed by Emmett after parting ways with Hannie.
  • No Name Given: Whatever name the Preacher has is not known.
  • Pistol-Whipping: Price takes Hannie's rifle off her, unloads it, and tosses it back to her. She responds by slamming the empty rifle down on his head, knocking him out.
  • Protagonist Title: Hannie Caulder is the protagonist of the film and lends her name to it.
  • Rape and Revenge: The title character trains under a retired gunslinger to get revenge on three vicious outlaws who raped her.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Just who is The Preacher, and what does he want? And how does he keep during up at the crucial moments?
  • Sawed-Off Shotgun: Rufus Clemens weapon of choice.
  • Siblings in Crime: The Clemens brothers: Emmett, Frank and Rufus. Bank robbers, murderers and rapists, they spend as much time arguing with each other as fighting the law.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: It's implied that Hannie and Price fall in love with each other (see: the scene where they walk on the beach holding hands), Price being the one who teaches Hannie to handle a gun. Price dies before this can go anywhere.
  • Terrible Trio: The trio of the Clemens brothers; Frank, Rufus and Emmett. They are very ineffective as bandits and most of their scenes derive humor from that fact.
  • Trigger Happy: Rufus Clemens. Pretty much every one of the Clemens brothers problems stems from Rufus' propensity to open up with his Sawed-Off Shotgun at the drop of a hat. Dialogue revels that he shot their father in the face, and while Rufus swears that was an accident, his brothers don't believe him.
  • Vapor Wear: When she becomes a gunfighter, Hannie takes up wearing a poncho which barely manages to cover her most revealing curves, and clearly shows that she isn't wearing underwear.
  • Vengeful Widow: Hannie takes revenge against the Clemens brothers for the attack that included her husband's murder.
  • The Voiceless: The mysterious black clad gunslinger known only as the Preacher never says a word: communicating only through subtle gestures.