Rancho Deluxe (1975)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Western  |  14 March 1975 (USA)
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Two drifters, of widely varying backgrounds, rustle cattle and try to avoid being caught in contemporary Montana.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack McKee
Cecil Colson
Cora Brown
Henry Beige
Charlene Dallas ...
Laura Beige
Richard Bright ...
Betty Fargo
Maggie Wellman ...
Mary Fargo
Mr. Colson (as Joseph Spinell)
Bert Conway ...
Wilbur Fargo
Anthony Palmer ...
Richard McMurray ...
Mr. McKee
Danna Hansen ...
Mrs. McKee


Jack McKee and Cecil Colson are bumbling drifters who make a living by rustling cattle in the wilds of Montana. Jack left his wealthy parents because he resented their posh lives. Cecil is of Caucasian and Native American descent seeking his own path in life away from his father. Both hustle and rustle their way in the world by targeting cattle owned by wealthy ranch-owner John Brown. Frustrated that someone is killing his cattle, John hires a pair of ranch hands, Burt and Curt, to find the rustlers. When Brown realizes he cannot trust his two inept ranch hands, he turns to the grizzled former rustler Henry Beige to find the cattle thieves. Jack and Cecil always stay a step ahead of their pursuers, not realizing that their luck must run out sometime. Written by Matt Patay

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Oh, give me a home, with a low interest loan. A cowgirl and two pickup trucks. A color TV, all the beer should be free. And that, man, is Rancho Deluxe.


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Release Date:

14 March 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fräcka som fan  »

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(DeLuxe Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sam Waterston's character Cecil is confirmed as Native American by Richard Bright's character Burt when they meet and Burt is disappointed because he was hoping that Cecil would be Jewish since "Indians are bad at pool". Waterston is actually Jewish and not Native American. See more »


Wilbur Fargo: [after catching Jack and Cecil in bed with his daughters] Good and evil is one subject I'm slow to tolerate.
Jack McKee: That's two subjects.
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References Bambi (1942) See more »


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Written and Performed by Jimmy Buffett
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Slim Pickens Finest Hour
27 April 2006 | by (San Francisco, CA, United States) – See all my reviews

Never mind the movie, Monsieur Pickens' performance in this film is a significant event in the history of cinema. If he'd never done any other films, except perhaps Dr. Strangelove and Blazing Saddles, he'd live forever in my memory simply for the scene in Rancho Deluxe where he describes his dream of being in Egypt in the days of the Pharaoh, and expresses consternation at having that dream disturbed. And the speech he gives at the end was another of those earth-shattering moments that stick with you like flies to mayonnaise. Ah, what an actor. Every time he's IN the movie, he's the one you're watching to see what he does, because you know it'll be something you'll remember.

I've learned over the years that it's the supporting players who make the movie. And in some respects, in many of his other movies, Slim Pickens always seemed a kind of updated Andy Devine, western comic relief but not much else. In this (and in the other two films I mentioned) we get to see another side of M. Pickens. More than a clown, he's a one-man show, as much of a scene stealer as, say, a vaudevillian in a movie full of Shakespearan actors. To tell the truth, the rest of the movie is occasionally disappointing, although Sam Waterston was fascinating to watch, showing a promise which sadly never fulfilled itself. Clifton James and particularly Elizabeth Ashley are great fun. Curt and Burt, played respectively by Harry Dean Stanton and Richard Bright, are more or less adequate. Jeff Bridges acts just like Jeff Bridges.

However, hands down, this is Slim Pickens' movie. The man was brilliant, what can I say.

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