Rancho Deluxe becomes an amiable, lightweight comedy featuring Jeff Bridges and Sam Waterston as two modern day drifters living hand-to-mouth on illegal pickings from big-time rancher Clifton James.
Perry’s location film has a very good cast and an easy charm. But the humor is too throwaway when it isn’t laid on with a trowel.
Script has Bridges and Waterston (his Indian pal) besting pompous James in minor ripoffs. James hires Slim Pickens to roust the rustlers, while the boys corrupt ranch hands Harry Dean Stanton and Richard Bright into a major heist plan.
The film has a kind of relaxed pointlessness and a measure of dainty bawdiness, and the presence of some good players. Bridges’ indefatigable charisma is in good shape to the very end.