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Rancho Deluxe (1975)

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Jeff Bridges, Sam Waterston, more...
Director: Frank Perry, Frank Perry
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Comedies, Cult, Camp, Westerns
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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In Frank Perry's curious, off-center comedy Western, Jeff Bridges and Sam Waterston play Jack McKee and Cecil Carlson, a couple of cattle rustlers whose special target is taciturn rancher John Brown (Clifton James). Both men are outcasts by choice; McKee can't stand being around his stuck-up ex-wife (played by Doria Cook), while Carlson, an Indian, finds his fellow tribesmen too tradition-bound for his tastes. Together, they plan to lift themselves out of the penny-ante class with one big crime caper. Brown gets wind of their scheme, and sends private eye Henry Beige (Slim Pickens) after them. The cast is top-heavy with delectable females, ranging from Brown's bored wife, Cora (Elizabeth Ashley), to Beige's crafty daughter, Laura (Charlene Dallas), to "camp followers" Betty Fargo (Patti D'Arbanville) and Mary Fargo (Maggie Wellman). Thomas McGuane authored the script; Jimmy Buffett provides the songs. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Hippie Montana by squad August 26, 2004 - 7:04 PM PDT
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Film has the obligatory hippie feel of the era. Pre-digital quality gives a grainy look, but Montana scenery more than makes up for it. See Montana as it was before Tom Brokaw and Big Sky and the Californication or Affluenza hit town. So what you get is a hippified cattle rustling movie, not really a comedy. Reminded me a bit of "Five Easy Pieces" of the same era. My recommendation is that if you lived in the 70s then all of this will seem pleasantly nostalgic, and the scenery is just superb. Younger viewers may not appreciate the style unless they are curious about those years. Today's movies are squeamish about even showing an animal carcass, opting for what is called a prosthetic model. Rancho Delux has convincing scenes of two cows being shot and the remains of one being butchered. This may bother the PETA crowd.

aged well by dybevick April 15, 2003 - 6:03 AM PDT
7 out of 8 members found this review helpful
I saw this in college while Jimmy Buffet (whose original music is the background for the whole film) was playing locally a couple of times a year. I rented it to see how well it aged and was very pleased to see that it was still the little gem I remembered.

At the heart this is a "caper film" but it never takes the same pace or path as so many others. There is hardly any tension and it has a strange ability to make everything that happens, including the small twist at the end, seem to be just the way it ought to have been after all.

It's ninety minutes of "relaxed", and leaves you with a little corner-of-the-mouth kind of smile.

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