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Why would a really funny movie like Rustler's Rhapsody get passed over and
over and over?
Because most times these over-the-top parodies stumble all over themselves, then fall flat. RUSTLER's RHAPSODY hangs right in there, start to finish.
It starts with a really b-list cast---Tom Berenger as the lead, G.W. Bailey as the town-drunk, Marilu Henner as the saloon girl ..but the basics of comedy, strictly applied set this Wild West Farce right there with Blazing Saddles.
Andy Griffith has NEVER BEEN funnier, as the effeminate cattle-baron, set on taking over the dusty old town.
Take, Tom Mix, add the Marx Bros, and a little something extra, and you've got Rustler's Rhapsody. A must see.
It's too bad more people haven't had the pleasure of watching this
send-up of the Western genre. For those of you who thought that Blazing
Saddles said everything there was to say on this subject, give Rustler's
Rhapsody a whirl. I promise you, it'll be worth your time.
8 out of 10.
If you love the western genre, this is a must see! A delightful homage to westerns of the 1930's up to the 1960's. Unlike BLAZING SADDLES, this intelligently scripted film doesn't hit you over the head with the jokes - it kind of "eases 'em on in" at a leisurly pace, and on repeated viewings, you'll pick up more and more delights! Tom Berenger is perfect as Rex O'Herlihan the Singing Cowboy, who, along with his marvelously clever horse, Wildfire, brings peace and order to the town of Oakwood Estates. With a teriffic supporting cast, including Andy Griffith as Colonel Ticonderoga, the evil cattle baron, and Fernando Rey as the wicked railroad baron, who both seem to be having a hoot of a time in this delightful comedy. I hope it comes out on DVD 'cause I'm wearing out my VHS copy!
It has been a few years since I last saw this film, but I remember it being very funny. G.W. Bailey's narration is comical, Andy Griffith is hilarious, and Tom Berenger does a great job as the flawed hero who only shoots people in the hand. Funny little movie, give it a look.
I didn't really understand on why this movie was rated so low, until I realized that to really enjoy this film you needed to grow up watching horse operas on Saturdays. This means to appreciate the humor, you're probably closer to 40 than 20 or spend a lot of time watching TVLand. From what I've seen most members here are closer 20. This movie satires the Saturday matinee western where you can tell the good guys in the white hats from the bad guys. So it would be better for those of us who saw and liked westerns before the "anti-hero" westerns of the late 60's to present. Where the cowboy star has a new set of duds on for each scene, foils the bad guys and gets the girl but would rather kiss the horse. The storyline is thin because they were all pretty much the same back in the 50's. That's part of the joke. I'd forgotten about this little gem until I was looking at Tom Berenger's credits. He and the rest of the cast were really good. It may not be a great movie but its definitely worth a watch. Favorite line G.W. Bailey saying "Gee Rex, you really ARE a good guy!" 7 out of 10
Absolutely side splitting satirical look at the early singing cowboy
western. Tom Berringer plays Rex O'Herlihan the singing cowboy who
spoofs every western cliché in the book. Great comedy performances are
made in this movie by Andy Griffith, Mary Lu Henner, Sela Ward and
Fernado Rey plus a lot of great supporting actors. Also Patrick Wayne
makes a guest appearance in the movie.
If you are looking for a sophisticated film that the critics all love, this probably won't be it. But if you're regular folks that enjoy the old time western, you'll bust a gut laughing at this movie. Side note, the main musical theme is performed by Rex Allen Jr. as well as the love theme by Country Artist Garry Morris.
"Rustlers' Rhapsody" is a homage to Western movies, a sort of Luke
Lucky, actually a satire to the Western movies. This film shows all the
clichés usually presented in this genre in a funny and laconic way.
There are the characters of the bar tender, the corrupt sheriff, the
drunkard, the prostitute in the saloon, the powerful farmer, the 'bad
guys' and the 'good guy'. The acting and the direction are very
reasonable and Hugh Wilson is the director of the hilarious "Police
Academy". In the end this movie is a forgettable and funny
entertainment indicated for fans of Western flicks. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Vaqueiro Cantador" ("Singer Cowboy")
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.
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. ****
i found this movie quite entertaining,and even amusing.i didn't think it was laugh out loud funny,(i don't think it's that type of movie)but it was still a good watch.it's a send up(spoof) of the western genre).one thing it pokes fun at is the strong macho image of the good guy.if you've seen many westerns,you'll get a lot of the jokes,some of which are accurate,and some of which exaggerate things a bit,or even a great deal.i've seen quite a few westerns,but even if you haven't seen even one,you'll likely still find the movie amusing.the movie is short,at under 90 minutes,and goes by very quickly.for me,Rustler's Rhapsody is an 8/10
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