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 ...
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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
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Despite the notorious financial and critical failure of Heaven's Gate (1980), the Hollywood film industry within about five years of that movie bizarrely revived the oater movie genre during the mid 1980s, producing a mini-cycle of Westerns of which this western spoof was one. In 1985, the dream factory churned out such Western oaters as Silverado (1985), Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985), Pale Rider (1985), and Lust in the Dust (1984). See more »
When Peter (the town drunk) shoots the hat off of Rex's head by mistake (aiming at the cigarette Rex has in his mouth), you can see the string that pulls it off. See more »
For some reason, the bad guy was always a Colonel who had a beautiful daughter and about a thousand head of cattle which you would hear but never see.
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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 »
" Then, something happened, which never happened before "
Having grown up watching the old Black and White westerns, early TV serials and a hundred Good Guys vs Bad Guy movies, this one was certainly a fantastic culmination. From first to last, one cannot help but split a rib while viewing it. Despite it featuring major star Tom Berenger as Rex O'Herlihan the real headliner should have been G.W.Bailey. Having watched him in dozens of movies where he is pretty much the heavy, this role was a surprising and refreshing change. In the hilarious film called " Rustler's Rhapsody " he not only is the narrator, he also plays the 'side-kick' Peter. Once you get into this western tale, you become privy to the change of story where "maybe all the bad guys weren't such cowards." Throughout the movie, one is treated to all the cliques of the past and some which create humor in their updated use. If you can identify with the early westerns, you are in for a real treat when you see the ending and a guest appearance by Patrick Wayne as Bob Barber. A remarkable movie in any case and one which definitely made the Classic's list. Andy Griffith and Fernando Rey also add panache to this great addition to our western lore. ****
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