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The Animals (1970)

R | | Western | October 1971 (USA)
A woman tracks down the three men who raped her, helped by an Apache.

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Ron Joy

Writer:

Richard Bakalyan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michele Carey ... Alice McAndrew
Henry Silva ... Chatto
Keenan Wynn ... Pudge Elliott
John Anderson ... Sheriff Allan Pierce
Joe Turkel ... Peyote (as Joseph Turkel)
Pepper Martin ... Jamie
Bobby Hall ... Cat Norman
Peter Hellman Peter Hellman ... Karl
William Bryant ... Sheriff Martin Lord (as Bill Bryant)
Peggy Stewart ... Mrs. Emily Perkins
John Dennis ... Posseman #1
Michael Carr ... Posseman Deputy
Jack Wade Cox Jack Wade Cox ... Posseman #2
Bryan West Bryan West ... Posseman #3
Donna Kern Donna Kern ... Samantha
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A woman tracks down the three men who raped her, helped by an Apache.

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They couldn't be caged... they had to be destroyed! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Desperados See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Production Co:

XYZ Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Chatto: [Pointing]
Alice McAndrew: [Fires]
Sheriff Allan Pierce: Where the hell did that come from?
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Soundtracks

Theme from "The Animals"
by Rupert Holmes and Danny Jordan
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A passable western
18 January 2006 | by JHC3See all my reviews

Schoolteacher Alice McAndew (Carey) has the misfortune of sharing a stagecoach with prisoner Pudge Elliott (Wynn). When Pudge's friends arrive to rescue him, they don't stop at simply robbing the stage. All aboard are killed except Alice. Her intended fate is far worse. She is hauled into the desert to be repeatedly and brutally raped and left for dead.

The outlaws' plan goes awry when an Apache (Silva) saves Alice from a cruel death from shock and dehydration. He nurses the young woman back to health. Before long, the two start hunting down the killers.

By 1970 standards, this is a fairly extreme western. The rape scene is not lingered on, but is filmed in such a way as to instill shock in the viewer. The film has a few rare humorous elements, but is otherwise a deadly serious tale of revenge. Henry Silva's character has little dialogue and virtually no knowledge of English. The filmmakers rely instead on imagery and expressions to tell the story more than the spoken language.

For me, the film was passable. I personally couldn't find much to fault in the approach taken. Some plot elements are strong, but cannot be stated here without becoming spoilers. The cast is good and consists largely of veterans of the western genre. The minimal dialogue was a good choice. The rape scene is not exploitative. Perhaps it is because this vengeance theme has been done so much that I couldn't really get into the film. For western traditionalists, this might be one to avoid.


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