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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Rex O'Herlihan. The great big western hero. To a lawless land he brought truth, justice, some fancy riding and wonderful outfits. See more »


Comedy | Western


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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 »


After the big shoot out at the end of the film, in an overhead shot, the Railroad Colonel briefly disappears. See more »


Rex O'Herlihan: The way a person dresses is nobody's business but his or her own.
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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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14 February 2003 | by (Brentwood, TN) – See all my reviews

Gentle and loving send-up of the Singing Cowboy westerns of the 30's and 40's with Tom Berenger playing it absolutely straight as a "good guy," complete with more matching ensembles than Oscar de la Renta. Berenger is very good; Andy Griffith and Fernando Rey are suitably sinister as the "Colonels"; both Sela Ward and Marilu Henner are gorgeous and funny. G.W. Bailey steals the show as the town drunk/sidekick/narrator.

It's clear the filmmakers loved the genre they were spoofing. An especially poignant touch is the closing theme music "The Last of the Silver Screen Cowboys," sung by Rex Allen Jr., the son of Rex Allen, who starred in many of the films which are lampooned in this picture.

Your kids will enjoy it, but not as much as you will -- especially if you grew up watching all those wonderful old Westerns on tv.

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