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Rancho Deluxe (1975)

Two drifters, of widely varying backgrounds, rustle cattle and try to avoid being caught in contemporary Montana.

Director:

Frank Perry

Writer:

Thomas McGuane
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Jack McKee
Sam Waterston ... Cecil Colson
Elizabeth Ashley ... Cora Brown
Clifton James ... John Brown
Slim Pickens ... Henry Beige
Charlene Dallas ... Laura Beige
Harry Dean Stanton ... Curt
Richard Bright ... Burt
Patti D'Arbanville ... Betty Fargo
Maggie Wellman ... Mary Fargo
Joe Spinell ... Mr. Colson (as Joseph Spinell)
Bert Conway Bert Conway ... Wilbur Fargo
Anthony Palmer Anthony Palmer ... Karl
Richard McMurray Richard McMurray ... Mr. McKee
Danna Hansen Danna Hansen ... Mrs. McKee
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Storyline

Jack McKee (Jeff Bridges) and Cecil Colson (Sam Waterston) are bumbling drifters who make a living by rustling cattle in the wilds of Montana. Jack left his wealthy parents because he resented their posh lives. Cecil is of Caucasian and Native American descent seeking his own path in life away from his grumpy cowboy father (Joe Spinell). Both Jack and Cecil hustle and rustle their way in the world by targeting cattle owned by wealthy ranch-owner John Brown (Clifton James). Frustrated that someone is killing his cattle, John hires a pair of ranch hands, Burt and Curt (Richard Bright and Harry Dean Stanton), to find the rustlers. When Brown realizes he cannot trust his two inept ranch hands, he turns to the grizzled former rustler Henry Beige (Slim Pickens) to find the cattle thieves. Jack and Cecil always stay a step ahead of their pursuers, not realizing that their luck must run out sometime. Written by matt-282

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Oh give me a home, with a low interest loan, A cowgirl and two pickup trucks. A color TV, all the beer should be free, And that, man, is Rancho Deluxe.


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigos e Aventureiros See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Contains a scene in which Jeff Bridges and Harry Dean Stanton have a discussion in a bar while playing PONG, the first widely-released arcade video game, first sold by Atari in 1972. Both actors spent copious amounts of their off-time in the bar playing the game, so much so that the game was incorporated into the scene. Bridges would later literally get sucked into the video game world in Disney's TRON, released in 1982. See more »

Quotes

Cecil Colson: Should I bring lots of rubbers?
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Alternate Versions

Television version features two additional minutes of alternate footage and runs 95 minutes. See more »

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References Desire Under the Elms (1958) See more »

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Livingston Saturday Night
Written and Performed by Jimmy Buffett
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Subtle comedy
21 April 2001 | by RalphoSee all my reviews

Rancho Deluxe is something one doesn't see much of these days, a comedy that one has to pay close attention to in order to understand what has happened at the end. Although there are broad comedy aspects to the film, such as when our protagonists shoot up a Lincoln Continental Mark IV with a Sharps 50 Buffalo Rifle, the subtlety with which the plot unfolds is not something I'm used to seeing in comedies.

Having said that, I didn't find the movie funny enough to laugh out loud or interesting enough to keep (DVD version). I bought it because there were some good reviews on Amazon.com, and because Slim Pickins and Jimmy Buffett are in it.

Although the movie is just 92 minutes in length, it seems longer as the plot takes its time unfolding. That's not to say the plot is complex but rather the opposite. The plot is simple and could likely have had its proper unfolding time within the confines of a one-hour TV program. Consequently, the movie seems to have been padded with scenes that do little to advance the plot.

Nevertheless, it's important to pay attention if you want to understand the ending. Despite the simplicity of the plot, certain things are left for the viewer to surmise. But you might find that this movie isn't worth the effort.


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