Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins

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Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins
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Movie Poster
Directed by Dick Richards
Produced by Art Linson
Written by John Kaye
Starring Sally Kellerman
Mackenzie Phillips
Alan Arkin
Harry Dean Stanton
Music by Artie Butler
Cinematography Ralph Woolsey
Edited by Walter Thompson
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • February 2, 1975 (1975-02-02) (U.S.)
Running time
91 min.
Country United States
Language English

Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins is a 1975 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."


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[edit]

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

Film release[edit]

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[edit]

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

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