- 1 hr 28 min
Rustler's Rhapsody is the 1985 comedy western about a 1940s era singing cowboy that roams from town to town cleaning up the Old West. The movie was written and directed by Hugh Wilson and the all-star cast includes Tom Berenger, Marilu Henner, Andy Griffith, and G.W. Bailey. The cliche-ridden film spoofs spaghetti westerns and pokes fun at the predictable plots. Singing cowboy Rex O'Herlihan (Berenger) strolls into the town of Oakwood Estates atop his horse Wildfire. At the nearby saloon, town drunk Peter (G.W. Bailey) gives Rex the low down on the town and the seedy characters that inhabit it. The town is run by the evil cattle baron Colonel Ticonderoga (Andy Griffith), who along with his henchmen are hell-bent on running the sheep herders out of town. As Rex and Peter have more drinks, the colonel's main henchman Blackie (Jim Carter) walks in the bar and proceeds to shoot a sheep herder. After saloon girl Miss Tracy (Marilu Henner) admonishes Blackie for the shooting, he is accidentally shot by another henchman. Later, Peter catches up with Rex and officially becomes his sidekick. The duo meet up again with Tracy and the colonel's daughter (Sela Ward). Both are interested in getting to know Rex better. The colonel enlists the help of railroad boss (Fernando Rey) to help him run Rex out of town. They also bring in shootist Bob Barber (Patrick Wayne) to goad Rex into a gunfight. The confrontation ends with Bob and Rex becoming friends. Although Bob reports to the two colonel's that Rex is finished, they opt to ambush him. Rex and Peter rouse the sheepherders into action, which results in the surrender of colonel Ticonderoga. After the colonel apologizes, a celebration ensues. Rex and his sidekick Peter off together.