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Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (1975)

1975 Movie poster for "Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins" directed by Dick Richards


"Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins"

Credits: Director

Starring: Alan Arkin, Sally Kellerman, Mackenzie Phillips and Harry Dean Stanton

Studio: Warner Brothers

Release: 1975



Rafferty, a disheartened, bourbon-swilling former Marine turned driving instructor (Alan Arkin) is carjacked by two peculiar women: “Mac” (Sally Kellerman) an ambitious, free-spirited aspiring country singer, and her young, irritable companion Frisbee (Mackenzie Philips). Despite his initial reluctance, Rafferty is swept up in a hapless adventure, aiming for New Orleans. The trio's journey quickly evolves into a series of misadventures, from Las Vegas to Tucson, Arizona, as they scam their way through the Southwest. With each city, their unlikely bond deepens, driven by shared escapades and the pursuit of a vague yet promising future.


"Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins" is a madcap road-trip comedy with plenty of heart

Rafferty wasn’t going anywhere anyway...

Showcasing Richards’ talent for blending humor and character-driven storytelling, "Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins" is a road trip journey filled with misadventures and scams. Another collaboration with associate producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the movie received positive reviews for its engaging narrative and Richards' deft directorial touch. The film includes Sally Kellerman's performance of the song "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels".



 

Reviews

“...belly laughs and lots of chuckles.”
~ Richard F. Shepard, New York Times

"Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins" sneaks up on you – you discover it, like a ‘sleeper.’ I found it a funny, velvety film, with the kind of tenderness that you can almost feel on your fingertips. The picture isn’t directed for straightforward excitement; it’s a sidewise vision. Dick Richards is a real southpaw.
~ Pauline Kael, New Yorker

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