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Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins

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Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDick Richards
Produced by
Written byJohn Kaye
Music byArtie Butler
CinematographyRalph Woolsey
Edited byWalter Thompson
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • February 2, 1975 (1975-02-02)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins is a 1975 American comedy-drama film directed by Dick Richards and written by John Kaye. The film was the second film credit for Jerry Bruckheimer, who was an associate producer. The film features the song "Honky Tonk Angels" as performed by lead actress Sally Kellerman.[1]


"Rafferty wasn't going anywhere, anyway."


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Idiotic driving instructor and former United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Rafferty (Alan Arkin) lives in poverty near Hollywood, California. He allows two women (Sally Kellerman and Mackenzie Phillips) to kidnap him after hitching a ride in an attempt to reach New Orleans. He eventually enjoys their company and the three take a road trip to Las Vegas and end up in Tucson, Arizona.

Principal cast

Actor Role
Sally Kellerman McKinley Beachwood aka "Mac"
Mackenzie Phillips Rita Sykes aka "Frisbee"
Alan Arkin "Gunny" Rafferty
Alex Rocco Vinnie
Charles Martin Smith Alan Boone
Harry Dean Stanton Billy Winston
John McLiam John Beachwood
Richard Hale The Jesus Freak
Louis Prima Himself
Lauren Stocks School
Earl W. Smith Johnny Young


This film was released in the UK on 20 March 1977 as a double bill with Michael Apted cult film The Squeeze (1977).

Critical reception

The film received favorable reviews at the time. Richard F. Shepard of The New York Times finishes up his review:

Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins passes the time pleasantly enough [with] several belly laughs and lots of chuckles.[2]

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