Almost 20 years before he became a fixture on television’s Law & Order, Sam Waterston joined with Jeff Bridges to play a character on the other side of the law, not in New York, but in Montana where they were stealing and selling cattle. That film, “Rancho Deluxe”, will be the featured film for February’s Movie Night at the Museum. The film shows Tuesday, February 28 at 7 pm at the Northwest Montana History Museum.
Originally from New Jersey, society rancher John Brown (Clifton James) has a problem. His cattle are turning up as steaks and chops sold by two drifters Jack McKee (Bridges) and Cecil Colson (Waterston) who have turned to cattle rustling partly for profit, but also just to make life difficult for Brown. The rancher charges two of his hired hands with the task of running down the culprits. When they fail, Brown hires former rustler Henry Beige (Slim Pickens) to catch the thieves.
Directed by Frank Perry, the film also features a strong supporting cast including Clifton James, Elizabeth Ashley, Harry Dean Stanton, Charlene Dallas, Richard Bright, Joe Spinell, and Patti D’Arbanville along with an appearance and music by Jimmy Buffett.
Admission and popcorn are free, but donations help defray costs. Soda pop, water, beer and wine are available for purchase. Seating is provided, but viewers are welcome to bring their own cushions or seating.
Located in the former Central School in Kalispell, the Northwest Montana History Museum brings the past alive through exhibits, artifacts, educational programs and events. The Museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm weekdays at 124 Second Avenue East, Kalispell. For more information call 406-756-8381.