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...
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Craig T. Nelson
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
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 »
"Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins" is a character study, loaded with great character actors. It is also unpredictable, with occasional bursts of outrageous humor. Alan Arkin plays a hard drinking, totally inept, and burned out driving instructor. Sally Kellerman, is a wannabe country singer, accompanied by Mackenzie Phillips, a fifteen year old hustler. These three hit the road for New Orleans, scamming and thieving along the way. The colorful characters they encounter include Alex Rocco as a Las Vegas nut job, Charles Martin Smith as a soldier who gets scammed, and Harry Dean Stanton as a one legged veteran who gets hustled at pool. Also, there is a rather unexpected ending to this road trip of broken dreams. - MERK
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