Rustlers' Rhapsody is a 1985 parody of old B-Westerns, in which the hero Rex O'Herlihan the Singing Cowboy rides his wonder-horse Wildfire into yet another small frontier town to dispense a dose of non-lethal justice to the local Cattle Baron. Only this time, reality finally catches up with Rex, and things do not go entirely as planned...A fun good-natured little flick, particularly enjoyable for fans of old-time Westerns.
Contains examples of:
Accidental Aiming Skills: Rex tries to teach Peter how to light his cigarette by shooting the tip. Nervously, Peter cocks the revolver and fires ... only to shoot Rex's hat off his head.
In the climactic gunfight, Rex has been wounded in his shooting arm, and his nemesis Bob is about to finish him off. Rex raises his gun, fires, and:
Peter: Rex, you shot him in the head! How do you feel about that?
Rex:[weakly] I missed his hand.
Alternatively, Rex had just found out Bob was a lawyer, and could have fibbed a little about missing Bob's hand...
Badass Longcoat: Lampshaded by the narrator, who is envious of the guys in spaghetti westerns because "they all got to wear those great raincoats, even when it was 110 in the shade."
Battle Interrupting Shout: Averted - Rex shouts until the gunfight stops, only to realize that it stopped because everyone had already shot each other.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: The cattle baron's daughter is dragged behind a galloping horse for miles. This results in not one bruise, broken bone, or scratch, just a single smudge on her face for the hero to clean off.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: The villains figure out that, as villains, they must subvert the standard formula to have any chance of winning. Since the good guys always win, they hire themselves a good guy to stand against the hero.
Drink Order: Rex tries to order a glass of milk, prompting stares from the bartender and the patrons. After changing his order a few times, he determines that this is one of those "tough bars", and orders, "A glass of warm gin served with a human hair in it." The other patrons go back to what they were doing.
Hooker with a Heart of Gold: So golden, she doesn't actually have sex with anyone. She just talks dirty to them. Until Rex "gets better" at the end of the film..
I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: When the two Mooks and Blackie confront Rex in the saloon at the beginning, the Mooks don't bother checking if Blackie is in their line of fire before they draw and shoot.
Seen It All: How Rex O'Herlahan knows the future. The same thing keeps happening over and over again in every town he visits.
Rex: All these western towns are the same. Pete: Oh no! Oakwood Estates is unique! Rex: Is the Matron a pretty but somehow asexual schoolmarm? Pete: Yeah, but— Rex: Is the Blacksmith a big jolly guy who only gets mad when his barn burns down? Pete: Yeah... Rex: Is the newspaper run by an idealistic young journalist who's hawked everything to buy his press? Pete: Damn! [beat] Oh, wait! I know one thing this town has that the others don't! None of the other towns have— Rex: The railroad coming through? Pete:[flabbergasted]All western towns have the railroad coming through?!