Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985)




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In this play on the singing cowboy movies of the '30s and '40s, Tom Berenger stars as Rex O'Herlihan, a singing, horseback-riding cowboy who arrives in a little dirt town all be-decked in his Macy's cowboy shirts and flashy six-guns, ready to uphold law and order.
Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Western
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Critic Reviews for Rustlers' Rhapsody

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Even on the mechanical level in which it was made, the number of jokes that don't work far outnumber the ones that do.

Full Review… | July 15, 2014
Chicago Tribune
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As a 10-minute sketch on Saturday Night Live, it probably would have been dynamite. But at 1 hour, 28 minutes, the picture seems padded.

Full Review… | July 15, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
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Although fans of Westerns will probably enjoy the movie more than others, Rustlers' Rhapsody will still prove amusing even for viewers who dislike the genre.

Full Review… | July 15, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Mr. Berenger is perfectly adequate but, like the film, he's on much too long.

Full Review… | February 15, 2005
New York Times
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What this one lacks is broad-barreled fun, which is the essential element in a spoof.

Full Review… | July 15, 2014
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The producer was David Giler, who once turned out such estimable entertainments as Alien and The Parallax View. Couldn't he have put us all out of our misery? They still shelve movies, don't they?

Full Review… | July 15, 2014
People Magazine

Audience Reviews for Rustlers' Rhapsody


It lacks any real compelling story, it drags at times and Tom Berenger actually singing isn't all that convincing. Yet with a self-aware 4th wall breaking script, a number of funny scenes, prudent production quality and a talented cast, the flaws are mostly made up for. For one thing, it'll at least give newer viewers an idea of what westerns were like back in the day. For my full review of Rhustlers' Rhapsody (1985), check it out on this IMDB link:

Nick Salvemini
Nick Salvemini

This warm-hearted sendup of 1940s serial low-budget westerns is magnificent. One of my all-time favorites. Leaves me in tears.

Henry Crawford
Henry Crawford

A great parody of 1940s Westerns, with a bit of an homage to 60s style Westerns as well. All the trappings are here, a hooker with a heart of gold, a good-guy who doesnt kill his opponents, a sidekick, an evil colonel who essentially runs the town, etc. I probably would have enjoyed it even more if I was more familiar with the movies it was lampooning, but the only 30s and 40s Westerns I have designs to watch are The Plainsman, Santa Fe Trail, Treasure of Sierra Madre, and Fort Apache, but I do not think these are the type being lampooned. It was more the Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers, Lone Ranger and that ilk; without being very familiar with these this is still a very enjoyable film.


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