Director: Ron Underwood. Cast: Billy Crystal, Jack Palance, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby, Helen Slater, David Paymer, Jeffrey Tambor. 113 min. Rated PG-13. Comedy.
I made the mistake of watching the 1994 sequel first, twenty years ago, which was funnier, and Jon Lovitz was a better replacement in The Legend of Curly's Gold for Bruno Kirby's supporting role here. The comedy of a NYC businessman who's experiencing a mid-life crisis and ends up cattle-herding with friends in the southwest, at some points becomes too dramatic, and you lose track which genre you're dealing with. Still, the late Jack Palance's Oscar-winning role (which led to the famous award ceremony push-ups) created the context for the best "He's right behind me, isn't he?" moment in history.
PS: Watch for a 10-year-old Jake Gyllenhaal in his first role ever.