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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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Hugh Wilson

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Hugh Wilson
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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:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,090,497
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White | Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film critic Leonard Maltin called the movie a "send-up of matinee Westerns". 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

Colonel Ticonderoga: You missed! How could you miss?
Jud: Even with these sights we have a target a hundred yards away, maybe more, we've never fired these weapons before, there's a definite wind factor, AND we have a problem with the sun!
Colonel Ticonderoga: Just shoot, okay?
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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

Spoofs Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Lasso The Moon
Written by Steve Dorff and Milton Brown
Produced by Jim Norman (as Jim Ed Norman) and Steve Dorff
Performed by Gary Morris
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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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