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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

Are you guilty of overlooking this really funny movie?

Author: Doctor_Bombay from Lucas Buck, NC
28 January 1999

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.

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Should get more play. Quite funny.

Author: Joel Turpin (Flinx-2) from Kansas City
30 January 2001

It's too bad more people haven't had the pleasure of watching this hilarious 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.

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful:


17 March 2003

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!

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful:


Author: magellan333 from Chattanooga, TN
5 August 2001

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.

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Better than its rating indicates if you like the genre

Author: stryder1 from Denver, Colorado
9 August 2003

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

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Parody of the old Singing Cowboy Movie

Author: gjudd-1 from United States
15 August 2006

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.

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

A Funny Joke with Western Movies

Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
31 July 2003

"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")

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Worth Searching For

Author: Mark Mayhew from Brentwood, TN
14 February 2003

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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

" Then, something happened, which never happened before "

Author: thinker1691 from USA
7 November 2009

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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

entertaining spoof of the western genre and its conventions

Author: disdressed12 from Canada
27 April 2008

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'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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