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Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985)

PG | | Comedy, Western | 10 May 1985 (USA)
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

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 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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Country:

USA | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Addio vecchio West See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,374,973, 12 May 1985

Gross USA:

$6,090,497
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White | Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the Video & DVD Guide, the film is a "spoof of the singing cowboy movies of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s." See more »

Goofs

When Peter (the town drunk) shoots the hat off of Rex's head by mistake (aiming at the cigarette Rex has in his mouth), you can see the string that pulls it off. See more »

Quotes

Rex O'Herlihan: I need a little 'me' time.
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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 »

Connections

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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Nifty, well-cast, clever, loving Spoof!
18 February 2007 | by canuckteachSee all my reviews

This 1985 film became a family favorite as soon as we taped it from a TV broadcast 20 years ago - it ran as part of an interesting Western double-header on City-TV (R. Rhapsody, followed by Silverado, another sort of tribute western, albeit with more serious themes). In time, we acquired both on VHS, replacing our creaky, worn-out tape.

I didn't realize how funny Andy Griffith was till I saw him in this flick. Sela Ward sparkles, and looks like a teenager, but she was actually born in 1956. She recently performed in "House, M.D", still looking 10-15 years younger than her age.

Some of the funniest lines remain in our family vernacular: "See somebody about yer hearing"; "She's probably out riding Wildfire"; "That leg will have to come off for sure"; "Who-oo iiiiis it?".

There are 2 brilliant scenes with Berenger and Patrick Wayne - 1 turns more sinister, just briefly.. listen for the 'Psycho' background music.

Hollywood's not making Westerns any more - but we could argue that they're not really making comedies either. Why? the art of 'wit' or 'satire' has sadly been lost. *sigh* You can see both here.


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