Rancho Deluxe (1975) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|A brainless, easy-goin' and
completely enjoyable film from the Tom McGuane novel
about a couple of goofy cattle rustlers who are just out
to have some fun in life. You will probably understand
the tone of the movie when I tell you that Jimmy Buffett
wrote the score. (Livingston Saturday Night is from this
film). If a movie can be called laid-back, this one can.
|The rustlers start out as small timers
knocking off a cow here and there, and selling the meat
to pay the rent and get laid. Then they concoct a big
score which is essentially dense, and seems to be known
by everybody in the county except the even denser rancher
they plan to rip off.
The rancher hires a genius stock
detective (Slim Pickens) to figure out what's going on
but, despite his reputation, Pickens appears to be barely
ambulatory, and seems to do nothing but take naps and
watch TV while his simple-minded niece tends to him.
D'Arbanville's right breast was seen in her sex
scene with Bridges. Both Bridges and D'Arbanville
were also seen completely naked, but far from the
camera, and in speedy motion through the forest.
|Let's just say everything isn't what it
appears to be, because you do want to see this movie
someday, and you don't want me to spoil it for you.
DVD info from Amazon.
1.85:1 and a 4:3 fullscreen version
the DVD is the worst
quality I have ever seen on a major
no important trailers
great cast with no lead players - nothing but character
actors all the way in this enjoyable character-driven
film. Pickens, Jeff Bridges, Sam Waterston, Harry Dean
Stanton, Elizabeth Ashley, and others keep the tone light
and oftentimes bordering on surrealistic as it moseys
toward its inevitable conclusion with just barely enough
plot to sustain it.
I would recommend the film without
reservation except that the quality of the print is so
poor. There are two versions on the DVD, both are poor,
spidered, faded, and too dark. The picture looks like it
has been blown up from smaller images - many scenes are
This is a great shame
because the film was shot on location in breathtakingly
scenic Montana, and it's a movie that's a lot of fun to
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a B.
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