Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  10 May 1985 (USA)
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While the audience watches a black and white horse opera, a narrator's voice wonders what such a movie would be like today. Rex O'Herlihan, The Singing Cowboy, finds himself in color and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rex O'Herlihan
Miss Tracy
Colonel Ticonderoga
Colonel's Daughter
Jim (as Brant Van Hoffman)
Christopher Malcolm ...
Paul Maxwell ...
Sheepherder No.1
Manuel Pereiro ...
Sheepherder No.2
Margarita Calahorra ...
Sheepherder's Wife
Billy J. Mitchell ...
Town Doctor
John Orchard ...
Town Sheriff
Emilio Linder ...
Sheepherder in Saloon


While the audience watches a black and white horse opera, a narrator's voice wonders what such a movie would be like today. Rex O'Herlihan, The Singing Cowboy, finds himself in color and enters a cliché-ridden town, in which the evil cattle baron (Andy Griffith) and the new Italian cowboys (who always wear raincoats no matter how hot it gets) join forces to get him and the sheep ranchers to leave the valley. Written by John Vogel <>

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Release Date:

10 May 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Addio vecchio West  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of two 1985 western spoofs. The other was Lust in the Dust (1985). ¡Three Amigos! (1986) followed in 1986. See more »


When Rex O'Herlihan walks into town before the final showdown, you see Colonel Ticonderoga move his coat back behind his gun, making sure he has access to it, the next shot the coat is covering the gun. See more »


Rex O'Herlihan: Oh yeah, root's kicking in.
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Spoofs Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »


I Break Horses, Not Hearts
Written by Steve Dorff, Milton Brown and Nancy Masters
Produced by Steve Dorff
Performed by Charlie McCoy
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" Then, something happened, which never happened before "
7 November 2009 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Having grown up watching the old Black and White westerns, early TV serials and a hundred Good Guys vs Bad Guy movies, this one was certainly a fantastic culmination. From first to last, one cannot help but split a rib while viewing it. Despite it featuring major star Tom Berenger as Rex O'Herlihan the real headliner should have been G.W.Bailey. Having watched him in dozens of movies where he is pretty much the heavy, this role was a surprising and refreshing change. In the hilarious film called " Rustler's Rhapsody " he not only is the narrator, he also plays the 'side-kick' Peter. Once you get into this western tale, you become privy to the change of story where "maybe all the bad guys weren't such cowards." Throughout the movie, one is treated to all the cliques of the past and some which create humor in their updated use. If you can identify with the early westerns, you are in for a real treat when you see the ending and a guest appearance by Patrick Wayne as Bob Barber. A remarkable movie in any case and one which definitely made the Classic's list. Andy Griffith and Fernando Rey also add panache to this great addition to our western lore. ****

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