Rancho Deluxe (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes

Rancho Deluxe (1975)



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In this comedy western, cattle rustlers Jack McKee and Cecil Carlson's special target is taciturn rancher John Brown. 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 after them.

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Jeff Bridges
as Jack McKee
Sam Waterston
as Cecil Colson
Elizabeth Ashley
as Cora Brown
Charlene Dallas
as Laura Beige
Clifton James
as John Brown
Slim Pickens
as Henry Beige
Patti D'Arbanville
as Betty Fargo
Bert Conway
as Wilbur Fargo
Helen Craig
as Mrs. Castle
John Quade
as Circular Face
Sandy Kenyon
as Skinny Face
Wilma Riley
as Mrs. Colson
Danna Hansen
as Mrs. McKee
Paula Jermunson
as Lady Foreman
Pat Noteboom
as Prostitute
Bob Wetzel
as Truck Driver
Arnold Huppert
as Policeman
Angela Cramer
as Ranch Lady
Esther Black
as Grandma
Oneida Broderick
as Another Lady
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Critic Reviews for Rancho Deluxe

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

The humor is too throwaway when it isn't laid on with a trowel.

October 30, 2007 | Full Review…

In keeping with the audience it is aimed at, the film is self-consciously cynical and insolent, and at the same time fundamentally romantic and seeking to be liked. The combination works surprisingly well, thanks to good ensemble acting.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It is so cool it is barely alive.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

There's nothing so hapless as a movie made in the wrong style, especially when the director doggedly insists on that style to the bitter end.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Surprise: Frank Perry kept his wits about him long enough to make this mildly watchable 1974 film about the modern west.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

I have to be on the side of any film in which Harry Dean Stanton is ordered to "Hoover the Navajos"-i.e., vacuum-clean the Indian rugs.

April 25, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rancho Deluxe


"Rancho Deluxe" is the epitome of a "sleeper," in both the good and bad senses of the word. Let's face it -- this film is dull. Intentionally dull, even. The setting is the open spaces of Montana, and the screenplay is quite straightforward in indicating the characters' chief motivation for doing anything is just sheer boredom. Jeff Bridges and Sam Waterston play a couple of laidback cattle rustlers who torment a swaggering rancher (Clifton James), as much for laughs as for profit. The dialogue is loosely written, and scenes abruptly cut off when the well runs dry. More exciting moments (such as the abduction of a prize bull or a visit to a brothel) are perversely chopped before the real action occurs, and there's really not much reason to watch until Slim PIckens comes along and steals the movie as a wily rustler hunter. Harry Dean Stanton has some nice scenes as a corrupt ranch hand with a heart, but Elizabeth Ashley is wasted. Jimmy Buffett (still a couple of years away from being wasted in "Margaritaville") briefly appears in a bar sequence and sings a few songs on the soundtrack.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

Watching "Rancho Deluxe" is an experience that no one should have to endure. The film is unbearable and painful and awful in almost every cinematic aspect that there is. It is horrendously scripted, edited, and acted, and after 45 minutes of watching the director trip over his own two feet countless of times, I shut the film off. What a waste of celluloid.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

Elizabeth Ashley, Harry Dean Stanton and Richard Bright...and the scene where Bridges and Stanton are talking over Pong

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

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