Rustlers' Rhapsody

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"Rex O'Herlihan. The great big Western Hero. To a lawless land he brought truth, justice, some fancy riding and wonderful outfits."
  • PG
  • 1985
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 6.4  (2,518)

Rustlers' Rhapsody is a 1985 American Western comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson and starring Tom Berenger, G.W. Bailey, Marilu Henner, Andy Griffith, Fernando Rey, Sela Ward, and Nana Visitor. The movie is a parody of traditional Western movies and the cowboy archetype that is commonly portrayed in them. The plot follows Rex O'Herlihan, a singing cowboy and pure-hearted hero, who is transported into the fictional world of "Westworld". He soon discovers that the world he finds himself in is populated with stereotypical characters from old Western movies. Rex is initially perplexed when he realizes that the people of Westworld are aware they exist in a movie, which they affectionately refer to as "The Western".

Westworld is a town controlled by the villainous cattle baron, Colonel Ticonderoga (Andy Griffith), who has a gang of ruthless rustlers under his command. Rex becomes determined to defeat Ticonderoga and his rustlers, and thanks to his talent with a gun and his cowboy skills, he becomes the hero of the town.

Throughout the movie, Rex tries to live up to his clean-cut, heroic image while facing the reality of the danger that exists in Westworld. His singing, his good looks, and his chivalry attract the attention of the town's spunky postmistress, Miss Tracy (Marilu Henner), who is intrigued by Rex's old-fashioned ways.

Rex is assisted by the bumbling Sheriff of Westworld, who is played by G.W. Bailey. As the movie progresses, Rex and the Sheriff discover that they are actually actors from the "real world" who have been transported to a movie within a movie. They realize that the events taking place in the movie will continue playing out unless they take control of the narrative and change the story.

One of the most memorable scenes in Rustlers' Rhapsody is when Rex ends up in a barroom brawl with Ticonderoga's men. As the fight escalates, the characters begin to break into song, and the barroom brawl becomes a musical number. The scene perfectly sums up the playful and satirical tone of the movie.

The film is filled with references and parodies of classic Western films and characters, including Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and Hopalong Cassidy. Through these references, the movie manages to toe the line between honoring the conventions of the genre and poking fun at them.

Overall, Rustlers' Rhapsody is a light-hearted and entertaining Western comedy that pokes fun at the tropes of the genre while still managing to tell its own story. The movie is a lighthearted nostalgia trip for fans of classic Westerns, and it's a genuinely funny comedy that can be enjoyed by anyone.

Rustlers' Rhapsody is a 1985 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4.

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    6.4  (2,518)