Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (1975)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  1 September 1975 (Sweden)
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Hapless driving instructor and former Gunnery Sergeant Rafferty, living in squalor near Hollywood, California, doesn't put up too much of a fight when two ladies hitch a ride and attempt to... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
McKinley 'Mac' Beachwood
Rita 'Frisbee' Sykes
Alan Boone (as Charlie Martin Smith)
Billy Winston
John McLiam ...
John Beachwood
Reverend Culpepper - The Jesus Freak
Louis Prima
Sam Butera
The Witnesses ...
The Witnesses
Arch Johnson ...
Young Woman
The Incessant Talker
Roy - Gas Station Attendant


Hapless driving instructor and former Gunnery Sergeant Rafferty, living in squalor near Hollywood, California, doesn't put up too much of a fight when two ladies hitch a ride and attempt to kidnap him in their attempt to get to New Orleans; while initially put off, Rafferty finds he's charmed by the kooky pair of misfits and the three of them drive to Las Vegas, Nevada and later Tucson, Arizona, where their bond eventually unravels. Written by moonspinner55

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Rafferty wasn't going anywhere anyway.




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1 September 1975 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Rafferty and the Highway Hustlers  »

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Did You Know?


Sally Kellerman was reluctant to take on "another road movie" so soon after "Slither" (1973). The main thing that persuaded her, she writes, was that she would get to sing, one of Sally's passions. Kellerman also writes that director Dick Richards was uninterested in hearing Sally's thoughts about her character, but had no problem discussing character and motivation with Alan Arkin. Sally says she eventually started filtering her thoughts to Richards through Arkin, as if they were Arkin's ideas. See more »


Charles Martin Smith's character says he's on a 15-day pass. In the Army, this would be considered a leave. Passes are almost always for two or three days. A pass is for short periods of time. Less than a week. See more »


-Written by Dolly Parton
-Performed by Dolly Parton
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Off-beat Road Flick!
5 August 2004 | by (sparks, nevada) – See all my reviews

This 1970's road movie is very special with likable folks and some weird supporting characters along the way. Alan Arkin was great in the 60's & 70's and this part fits him like a glove. MacKenzie Phillips as Frisbee brings her unique characteristics to her lonely young woman looking to connect. Sally Kellerman was so great in the 70's playing wackos or tight-asses in uniform; always a joy to watch.

A definite 7 out of 10. Best performance = Alan Arkin. There are excellent minor characters played by Alex Rocco and especially Harry Dean Stanton (one of the treasures of American cinema is this man's presence). This film may be too laid-back for most high-charged Americans. Reminiscent of SLITHER (also Sally Kellerman). A hidden gem that was rarely seen at the time. Check it out!

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