Hannie Caulder

Hannie Caulder

Original poster
Directed by Burt Kennedy
Produced by Patrick Curtis
Screenplay by Burt Kennedy
David Haft[1]
Story by Peter Cooper
Based on Characters created
by Ian Quicke and Bob Richards
Starring Raquel Welch
Robert Culp
Ernest Borgnine
Music by Ken Thorne
Cinematography Edward Scaife[1]
Edited by Jim Connock[1]
Distributed by Tigon[1]
Release dates
  • November 8, 1971 (1971-11-08) (London)
Running time
85 minutes[1]
Country United Kingdom[1]
Language English

Hannie Caulder is a 1971 Eastman Color British-made Western Panavision film. The film was directed by Burt Kennedy and starred Raquel Welch, Robert Culp and Ernest Borgnine.[2] The screenplay was rewritten by Kennedy, who wasn't credited.[3]


Hannie Caulder (Raquel Welch)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 (Robert Culp), to help her get revenge by training her to be a gunfighter. The pair travel to Mexico to have gunsmith Bailey (Christopher Lee) 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 (Jack Elam) in a whorehouse. The two brothers swear revenge on her but she gets Rufus (Strother Martin) in a store when he tries to kill her. Hannie lures Emmett (Ernest Borgnine) 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.



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.[4]

it was the third film from Certwel, following A Swingin' Summer and The Beloved.[5]

Robert Culp was signed to co star in December 1970.[6]

The movie was filmed in Spain, mostly around Almeria, beginning on 18 January 1971.[7]

Burt Kennedy and the cast were reportedly not paid after the first two weeks of filming, causing tension on set.[8]

Stephen Boyd has a brief, uncredited appearance as a gunfighter known simply as "The Preacher". Flamenco guitar virtuoso Paco de Lucía makes a cameo appearance as a Mexican musician.

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.


Hannie Caulder opened in London on November 8, 1971.[9]


The film performed well at the UK box office and was reasonably successful in the United States. In contemporary reviews, the Monthly Film Bulletin described the film as "a disappointing Western" that was a "uneasy course between parody and imitation in an unlikely amalgam of The Wild Bunch and One Million Years B.C., with the odd nod to Myra Breckinridge."[1] The review noted the lack of dialogue from Welch and that the Clemens brothers in the film are allowed some "rather tedious verbal horseplay".[1]


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."[10]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Dawson, Jan (1971). "Hannie Caulder". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 38 no. 444. London: British Film Institute. pp. 220–221.
  2. Greenspun, Roger (1971). "Hannie Caulder". The New York Times.
  3. p. 147 Joyner, C. Courtney Burt Kennedy Interview in The Westerners: Interviews with Actors, Directors, Writers and Producers McFarland
  4. John Hamilton, Beasts in the Cellar: The Exploitation Film Career of Tony Tenser, Fab Press 2005 p 194-198, 218-221
  5. 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.
  6. MOVIE CALL SHEET: Culp, Raquel 'Caulder' Stars Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 21 Dec 1970: i19.
  7. Jonathan Rigby, Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History, Reynolds & Hearn 2001 p 143
  8. Wayne's Film Fans: They Don't Forget Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 19 May 1971: h12.
  9. "Hannie Caulder". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  10. Gerald Peary, Quentin Tarantino: Interviews, Revised and Updated Univ. Press of Mississippi, 17 Oct 2013 p 119

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