Rhinestone (film)

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Rhinestone (movie poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bob Clark
Produced by Howard Smith
Bill Blake
Sandy Gallin
Richard Spitalny
Written by Phil Alden Robinson
Sylvester Stallone
Music by Dolly Parton
Larry Weiss
Cinematography Timothy Galfas
Edited by Stan Cole
John W. Wheeler
Tim Board
Gregory M. Gerlich
Richard Cadger
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • June 21, 1984 (1984-06-21)
Running time
111 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $28 million[1]
Box office $21,435,321[2]

Rhinestone is a 1984 musical comedy film directed by Bob Clark with a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone and Phil Alden Robinson; the film stars Stallone and Dolly Parton. The film is based on the 1975 #1 hit Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell.


Jake Farris (Dolly Parton), a country singer stuck in a long-term contract performing at a sleazy urban cowboy nightclub in New York City, boasts to the club's manager, Freddie (Ron Leibman), that she can make anybody into a country sensation, insisting that she can turn any normal guy into a country singer in just two weeks. Freddie accepts Jake's bet, putting up the remainder of Jake's contract (if she wins the bet, the contract becomes void; if she loses, another five years will be added). He then ups the ante: if Jake loses, she must also sleep with him. The problem is that Freddie can select the man, and he selects an obnoxious New York cabbie named Nick Martinelli (Sylvester Stallone). Nick not only has no musical talent whatsoever, he claims to hate country music "worse than liver". Realizing she is stuck with Nick, Jake takes him back to the hills of Tennessee for a two-week crash course in how to walk, talk, and sing like a genuine country star.



Stallone reportedly turned down Romancing the Stone and Beverly Hills Cop (1984) to make Rhinestone.

Original screenwriter Phil Alden Robinson was so offended by Stallone's reworking of his original screenplay that he briefly considered having his name removed from the film's credits. He was later convinced that having his name on a film of this "caliber" would look good on his resume.

Stallone later said:

The most fun I ever had on a movie was with Dolly Parton on RHINESTONE. I must tell everyone right now that originally the director was supposed to be Mike Nichols, that was the intention and it was supposed to be shot in New York, down and dirty with Dolly and I with gutsy mannerisms performed like two antagonists brought together by fate. I wanted the music at that time to be written by people who would give it sort of a bizarre edge. Believe it or not, I contacted Whitesnake’s management and they were ready to write some very interesting songs alongside Dolly’s. But, I was asked to come down to Fox and out steps the director, Bob Clark. Bob is a nice guy, but the film went in a direction that literally shattered my internal corn meter into smithereens. I would have done many things differently. I certainly would’ve steered clear of comedy unless it was dark, Belgian chocolate dark. Silly comedy didn’t work for me. I mean, would anybody pay to see John Wayne in a whimsical farce? Not likely. I would stay more true to who I am and what the audience would prefer rather than trying to stretch out and waste a lot of time and people’s patience.[3]

Stallone now says he regrets making the film.[4]


Rhinestone playing at the soon-to-be-closed Rivola Theatre in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

The film was panned upon its release, and is generally regarded as a commercial and critical flop; on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently has a 15% 'Rotten' rating.[5] Nonetheless, the soundtrack album gave Dolly Parton two top ten country singles: "Tennessee Homesick Blues" and "God Won't Get You".

The song "Drinkenstein" won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song, with two of the film's tunes among the category's five nominees.

The film is listed in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book The Official Razzie Movie Guide as one of the The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made.[6]


The movie was nominated for a Stinkers Bad Movie Awards for Worst Picture.[7]

Won: Worst Actor (Sylvester Stallone)
Won: Worst "Original" Song (Drinkenstein)
Nominated: Worst Picture
Nominated: Worst Screenplay
Nominated: Worst Musical Score
Nominated: Worst Supporting Actor (Ron Leibman)
Nominated: Worst Director (Bob Clark)
Nominated: Worst "Original" Song (Sweet Lovin' Friends)
Nominated: Worst Musical of Our First 25 Years

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  1. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p260
  2. ^ Rhinestone at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ headgeek (6 December 2006). "Round #4: Stallone talks about Dolly Parton, Rocky Balboa, his fave action stars and film, his...". Aint It Cool News. 
  4. ^ headgeek (6 December 2006). "Round #5 - Stallone keeps slugging out answers to the AICN Mob!!!". Aint It Cool News. 
  5. ^ Rhinestone at Rotten Tomatoes
  6. ^ Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0-446-69334-0. 
  7. ^ "1984 7th Hastings Bad Cinema Society Stinkers Awards". Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 

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