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MACKENZIE PHILLIPS DRIVES 'RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS'

Charles Martin Smith & Mack Phillips Year: 1975 Rates: ***1/2

Combine the personalities of Sally Kellerman and Mackenzie Phillips... one a mellow dreamer, the other a gun-toting schemer... and you have Kellerman's entire character from the previous years' road movie, SLITHER, making this affable performance seem like she's merely along for the ride, leaving all the scene-stealing edginess to her better half Phillips...

And basically making Alan Arkin's Rafferty, a boozing ex-Marine/DMV instructor kidnapped by the pair, along for the ride's ride as RAFFTERY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS goes from scene to scene/town to town gathering mossy strangers along the way...

From victimized gas station attendants to Las Vegas con man Alex Rocco to Arizona barfly Harry Dean Stanton to young soldier Charles Martin Smith (sharing a terrific motel scene with AMERICAN GRAFFITI alumni Phillips), they all merely serve witness to the eclectic trio who find predictable camaraderie along the breezy trip; although Arkin lacks initial reluctance: Seconds after Phillips sticks a gun to his head (and even fires it off over his head), elevator music lazily orchestrates a freeway wide-shot like a TV-production, which this often resembles a grungy, freewheeling version of... actually a good thing since RAFFERTY has nothing to lose or gain to either educate or annoy an audience, which refers to both the character and the movie — one worth watching over and over for that reason alone: Lethargy on wheels can be infectious. 

Mackenzie Phillips and Alan Arkin in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Alan Arkin in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
A posthumous Barbara Colby with Alan Arkin in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Mackenzie Phillips in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Sally Kellerman and Alan Arkin in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Mackenzie Phillips in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Alan Arkin in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Mackenzie Phillips, Sally Kellerman Alan Arkin in RAFFERTY & THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Ed Peck, Alex Rocco and Alan Arkin in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Sally Kellerman and Alan Arkin in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Mackenzie Phillips, Sally Kellerman Alan Arkin in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Mackenzie Phillips and Sally Kellerman in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Sally Kellerman in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Mackenzie Phillips and Charles Martin Smith in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Mackenzie Phillips and Charles Martin Smith in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Mackenzie Phillips and Charle Martin Smith in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Harry Dean Stanton and Sally Kellerman in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Mackenzie Phillips in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Mackenzie Phillips in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Alan Arkin in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Mackenzie Phillips and Alan Arkin in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Alan Arkin in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS with David Proval
Mackenzie Phillips in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Mackenzie Phillips in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS with Alan Arkin
Mackenzie Phillips in RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
Charles Martin Smith and Mackenzie Phillips in Rafferty & the Gold Dust Twins
Mackenzie Phillips in Rafferty & the Gold Dust Twins
Mackenzie Phillips in Rafferty & the Gold Dust Twins
Mackenzie Phillips in Rafferty & the Gold Dust Twins with Alan Arkin

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