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Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985)

PG | | Comedy, Western | 10 May 1985 (USA)
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A singing cowboy roams the Wild West with his sidekick, dancing horse and fancy wardrobe.

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Hugh Wilson

Writer:

Hugh Wilson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Rex O'Herlihan
G.W. Bailey ... Peter
Marilu Henner ... Miss Tracy
Andy Griffith ... Colonel Ticonderoga
Fernando Rey ... Railroad Colonel
Sela Ward ... Colonel's Daughter
Brant von Hoffman ... Jim (as Brant Van Hoffman)
Christopher Malcolm ... Jud
Jim Carter ... Blackie
Paul Maxwell ... Sheepherder No.1
Manuel Pereiro ... Sheepherder No.2
Margarita Calahorra Margarita Calahorra ... Sheepherder's Wife
Billy J. Mitchell ... Town Doctor
John Orchard ... Town Sheriff
Emilio Linder ... Sheepherder in Saloon
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Storyline

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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

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Trivia

Despite the notorious financial and critical failure of Heaven's Gate (1980), the Hollywood film industry within about five years of that movie bizarrely revived the oater movie genre during the mid 1980s, producing a mini-cycle of Westerns of which this western spoof was one. In 1985, the dream factory churned out such Western oaters as Silverado (1985), Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985), Pale Rider (1985), and Lust in the Dust (1984). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Rex O'Herlihan: I'll curse if I wanna curse! Damn! Damn, damn, hell, damn, tee tee, doo doo!
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Alternate Versions

The edited-for-television release of Rustler's Rhapsody contains a scene deleted from the theatrical release. It features an exchange between Rex (with Peter in tow) and Colonel Ticonderoga in the middle of the forest just before the big shoot-out. The Colonel explains that he'll have 20 men gunning for Rex, to which Rex replies, "One hand, 20 hands, it's all the same to me." (Note that in the shoot-out, Rex claims there are too many men for him to handle because "usually 40% chicken out." 20 men minus 40% would have left 12 men, which would've been exactly enough for Rex's two fully-loaded sixguns to take out.) See more »

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Referenced in Something Wild (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Last Of The Silver Screen Cowboys
Written by Steve Dorff, Milton Brown and Snuff Garrett
Produced by Snuff Garrett
Performed by Rex Allen Jr. (as Rex Allen, Jr.)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Are you guilty of overlooking this really funny movie?
28 January 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rustlers' Rhapsody See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,374,973, 12 May 1985

Gross USA:

$6,090,497

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,090,497
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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