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Rhinestone (1984)

PG | | Comedy, Music | 22 June 1984 (USA)
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A country music star must turn an obnoxious New York cabbie into a singer in order to win a bet.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Farris
Noah Farris
Freddie Ugo
Barnett Kale
Steve Peck ...
Father (as Stephen Apostle Pec)
Penny Santon ...
Russell Buchanan ...
Ritch Brinkley ...
Jerry Potter ...
Jesse Welles ...
Billie Joe
Phil Rubenstein ...
Thomas Ikeda ...
Japanese Father
Christal Kim ...
Japanese Grandmother
Arline Miyazaki ...
Japanese Mother


Jake an aspiring singer from Tennessee comes to New York and finds herself working in club owned by a sleazy guy named Freddy. It seems Jake is under contract and Freddy doesn't want to let her go. So Jake makes a bet; that she can train anyone to sing and if she does, he lets her out of her contract. And the guy she has to train is cabbie named Nick. They go to her home in Tennessee and Jake tries to teach him but it's very tough. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Dolly Parton stakes her career and her body on a New York cabbie! [Video Australia] See more »


Comedy | Music


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Release Date:

22 June 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El taxista caradura  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sylvester Stallone turned down the Michael Douglas role in Romancing the Stone (1984) and the lead in Beverly Hills Cop (1984) (before it was re-written as a comedy) to make this film. See more »


During the opening credits, the camera is reflected in the window of the helicopter they used to film the night-time scenery. See more »


Jake: Freddie, there are two kinds of people in this world, and you ain't one of 'em!
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References Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) See more »


Sweet Lovin' Friends
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Glittering like a rhinestone
15 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this the other day FOR THE FIRST TIME might i add. I never even knew about this film until i saw it round a mate's house.

I watched it thinking is was one of those early cheese flicks that were around during the 80's, after Sly success with Rocky and before his success with Rambo. Happily i was wrong, this was hilarious.

The story is well done and one that was entertaining. I was expecting to fall asleep during this film but i stayed awake the whole time and didn't yawn once. Sly looked well out of place in this picture but that was the whole idea and he does it brilliantly, playing a New York Cabbie who don't know the first thing about country music. And when he sang during the first half of the movie it was in stitches. He was excruciatingly awful,and I was literally crying laughter. However when he did sing with the lovely Dolly Parton, he was good. This film is kind of like Rocky meets Nashville with a great performance from everyone involved.

Rhinestone is one of those gems of a movie that is a classic later on in it's years. This is Sly at his comedy best,he don't play it for laughs he is just himself (so to speak). Forget Stop or my mom will shoot or Oscar, this is Sly at his comedy best. he can do comedy and it shows right here.

I dare you not to be tapping your foot by the end. This will go with my Good Sylvester Stallone films.

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