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.
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.
Did You Know?
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
Should I bring lots of rubbers?
Television version features two additional minutes of alternate footage and runs 95 minutes. See more
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