Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1991. Castle Rock Entertainment, Nelson Entertainment, Face Productions. Written by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel. Cinematography by Dean Semler. Produced by Irby Smith. Music by Marc Shaiman. Production Design by Lawrence G. Paull. Costume Design by Judy L. Ruskin. Film Editing by O. Nicholas Brown.
Three stressed out city company men and age-old friends (Billy Crystal, Bruno Kirby, Daniel Stern) decide that the perfect way to ease up their workload is a paid Wild West vacation on a cattle ranch. Once there they learn the age-old technique of cattle-herding from a wise cowboy (Jack Palance) who also manages to teach them a thing or two about life. This hysterical comedy is enjoyable and good-natured, nothing spectacular but a fun time for anyone who watches it. The performances all sparkle, especially Palance’s wild old curmudgeon who never seems to run out of valuable advice or tall tales.
Academy Award: Best Supporting Actor (Jack Palance)
Golden Globe Award: Best Supporting Actor (Jack Palance)
Nominations: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Billy Crystal)