City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold
|City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Paul Weiland|
|Produced by||Billy Crystal|
|Written by||Lowell Ganz
Babaloo Mandel (characters and screenplay)
|Music by||Marc Shaiman|
|Edited by||William M. Anderson
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||116 minutes|
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold is a 1994 comedy film directed by Paul Weiland. It is the sequel to City Slickers (1991) and stars Billy Crystal, Jack Palance, Jon Lovitz and Daniel Stern.
Although a mild financial success, the film did not reach the popularity of the first, receiving a generally negative response (a 19% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes). It was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Remake or Sequel.
A year after the events of the first film, Mitch Robbins (Billy Crystal) is a much happier and livelier man, having moved out of the city and become station manager at the New York radio station where he works. One night, however, Mitch has a nightmare about his deceased friend from Clay Stone's cattle drive, Curly (Jack Palance), coming back to life. He begins seeing Curly while awake, his eyes obviously playing tricks on him.
Mitch has kept Curly's cowboy hat. He finds an old map with a missing corner inside it, supposedly leading to a long-lost gold bullion. With help from his best friend, Phil Berquist (Daniel Stern) and his estranged and strange older brother, Glenn (Jon Lovitz), Mitch eventually discovers that Curly's father, Lincoln Washburn, stole a shipment of gold from the Western Pacific Railroad back in 1908, then hid it in the canyons so that one day his son could find it.
With an impending trip to Las Vegas for a convention, Mitch decides to use the opportunity to try and find the gold, with Phil and Glenn joining him. They buy supplies from two local cowboys, Bud and Matt, and set off on their journey. Mishaps ensue, such as Glenn accidentally setting the map on fire and Phil mistakenly believing that he was bitten by a rattlesnake (when in fact he accidentally sat on a cactus), but they press on, following the map's trail.
The city boys are ambushed by Bud and Matt, who Phil had recklessly told about the gold. They want the map for themselves. Mitch gives them a fake map. Bud and Matt are poised to kill them when an aging cowboy with a familiar face rides to their rescue. To Mitch's shock, Curly does seem to be alive. But he's not. He turns out to be Curly's twin brother, Duke (Jack Palance).
Duke explains that when he and Curly were children, their father robbed the Western Pacific, but got caught. Before going to prison, Lincoln Washburn made a map for his sons to follow one day. Their mother sent the map to Curly before she died. Curly kept the map in his hat, but he died on the cattle drive.
Duke learned from Cookie the cattle-drive cook that Mitch had some of Curly's clothes, which was why Duke did go to New York to spy on Mitch from a safe distance. Duke is now prepared to leave Mitch and friends behind to find the gold for himself. Mitch persuades him to continue together, Curly being a good man who would not have approved otherwise. Duke relents.
Mitch inadvertently starts a stampede which results in the map and most of the supplies getting lost. Though initially prepared to return home, Glenn insists that he remembers the map in complete detail. Although he's been no help up to now, Glenn's photographic memory does enable them to find the cave where the gold is hidden.
Just as they celebrate finding the gold itself, two robbers, Bud and Matt again, get the drop on them. A fight ensues in which Glenn is shot, sacrificing himself to save his brother. Mitch is horrified until a perplexed Duke discovers the bullets to be paint-filled pellets.
Clay Stone (Noble Willingham), the coordinator of the cattle drive from the previous film, suddenly appears along with several of the city slickers' old friends. To their dismay, Clay reveals that he now runs a business taking vacationers on a "real" Wild West treasure hunt; the gold is actually lead bars covered in gold paint, and the two robbers are actually his sons, who pretend to be robbers in order to "scare" the tourists.
Mitch, Phil and Glenn return to Las Vegas, empty-handed but somewhat satisfied with their adventure, Duke remains behind, convinced that there has to be real gold out there somewhere.
Mitch is in his hotel room in Las Vegas, packing to leave, when Duke abruptly returns. Duke confesses that he first planned to cheat Mitch and the others out of the real gold once they had found it, but later could not bring himself to do so. Mitch expresses his skepticism, whereupon Duke reveals that while Curly had the map, he had the missing corner. That included the true location of the gold. He proceeds to present Mitch with a genuine bar of gold as a gift and tells him there's more in canyon.
- Billy Crystal as Mitch Robbins
- Daniel Stern as Phil Berquist
- Jon Lovitz as Glenn Robbins
- Jack Palance as Duke Washburn
- Patricia Wettig as Barbara Robbins
- Noble Willingham as Clay Stone
- Pruitt Taylor Vince as Bud
- Bill McKinney as Matt
- Josh Mostel as Barry Shalowitz
- David Paymer as Ira Shalowitz
- Lindsay Crystal, daughter of Billy, as Holly Robbins
- Beth Grant as Lois
- Jayne Meadows as the voice of Mitch's mother
- Jennifer Crystal Foley, daughter of Billy, as jogger
- Bob Balaban as Dr. Jeffrey Sanborn (uncredited)
- Frank Welker as Norman (voice)
The movie debuted at No.3
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