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Beer for My Horses (2008)

  • Rate: 4.6/10 total 831 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Filming Location: Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA
  • Gross: $666,045(USA)(9 November 2008)
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Beer for My Horses (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Beer for My Horses (2008)
  • Rate: 4.6/10 total 831 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Filming Location: Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA
  • Gross: $666,045(USA)(9 November 2008)
  • Director: Michael Salomon
  • Stars: Toby Keith, Rodney Carrington and Claire Forlani
  • Original Music By: Jeff Cardoni   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Drug Lord | Crystal Meth | Rescue | Oklahoma | Arrest

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Rodney Carrington  screenplay
  • Toby Keith  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • The shoulder flashes worn by the cast are authentic emblems and worn by Jackson County, Oklahoma deputies.
  • Named after the Toby Keith song of the same name.
  • Ted Nugent’s character is a major character in the film but only says two words the whole movie.

Goofs: Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Whenever Rack's girlfriend leaves him, it was snowing. On the next day, during the scene where Rack is driving to work, a woman is washing her car in shorts. After a snowy night, it should still stay cold.

Plot: "Beer for My Horses" tells the story of two best friends that work together as deputies in a small town. The two defy the Sheriff and head off on an outrageous road trip to save the protagonist's girlfriend from drug lord kidnappers. Full summary »  »

Story: Bill Racklin is a deputy sheriff in Greer County Oklahoma, the crystal meth capital of the region. His girlfriend leaves him because he's inattentive to her, but things look up when his high-school sweetheart, Annie Streets, returns home to care for her ailing mother. Annie's step-father, Buck Baker, is the local heartless rich guy, buying up farmland. On a stakeout, Rack and two other deputies arrest four men stealing fertilizer to make crystal meth; one of the four is the brother of a notorious Mexican drug dealer. The drug lord arranges Annie's kidnapping and holds her to ransom his brother. Rack and the deputies, prisoner in tow, head for Mexico to rescue her.Written by <>  


Synopsis: The movie begins with a man smashing a car and his wife is yelling at him with neighbors looking on. A sheriff truck pulls up and Joe Bill Rack Ranklin (Toby Keith) and his partner Lonnie (Rodney Carrington) try to settle the dispute. The man is convinced his wife is cheating on him with another man (who Lonnie later spots in his underwear and shows Rank, but he ignores it). As punishment, the husband ruins the lovers truck with a baseball bat however Rank tells him the truck he just ruined doesn’t belong to the lover, but in fact belongs to Jay Bob Simpson (who later beats him up). Rack arrives home late and his girlfriend Cammie (Gina Gershon) leaves him, running over his lawnmower with her truck. Rack goes to work the next day and Sheriff Landry (Tom Skerritt) assigns Rack, Lonnie, and another deputy named Skunk (Ted Nugent), nightwatchmen duty on two of the fertilizer tanks. Lonnie takes his fat, gassy, lazy dog along for the ride. A truck pulls up and a group of Mexicans attempt to steal the tanks, but the three agents stop him. The gang celebrates by arriving at the local beer tavern, where they join the Sheriff Landy for a toast. The celebratory tradition goes by saying: Whiskey for my men. Beer for my horses. The next day on his way to the local cafe, Rack meets up with bad boy Johnny Franks (Chad Brummett) who informs him that the guy he arrested, whose name is Tito, has a brother who may be out looking for him. Rack rebuffs the threat and walks into the bar. He strikes up a conversation with the waitress, who informs him that his ex-girlfriend Annie Streets is back in town helping out her mother, and that he should go by and see her. He arrives at the house and reunites with Annie (Claire Forlani), but was thrown out by her stepfather Buck Baker (Barry Corbin) who mocked him about his father and the deputy position. He meets with Annie later and asks her out on a date, which she accepts. At the sheriffs office, Rack informs his secretary Mavis to retrieve a fax regarding Tito. District Attorney Levine (Curtis Armstrong) arrives and talks with Sheriff Landry regarding Tito. Landry makes Rack leave his office while they discuss. Levine feels he doesn’t have a case against him, for stealing fertilizer tanks won’t suit well with the judge. Mavis hands Rack the fax with the rundown: Tito is charged with drug racketeering and is part of a Mexican drug cartel. Rack enters Landry’s office again and gives the fax to Levine, who then reconsiders the case. That night Annie and Rack go out on a date. The next morning Rack is talking to the plumber Bob when he gets interrupted by a phone call: Annie was taken by Tito’s brother Manuel (Carlos Sanz) and Landry is told by him to bring Tito by noon tomorrow in Mexico or the girl will be killed. Rack calls Lonnie in the middle of the night and the two head down to Mexico (along with Skunk). Tyrone Honeybee (Tracy Morgan) helps the duo get across the border safely and timely. Honeybee is a corrupt border guard and serves primarily as a foil to Rack. They bust Tito out of jail and drive to Mexico. When they arrive, Lonnie tries to "blend in" by listening to a Spanish-speaking tape while Rack talks to a young kid. Rack shows a picture of Manuel and asks if the kid knows where Manuel lives and gives him a token to give to Manuel: a necklace and a cell-phone number. The kid runs over and hands it to Manuel. Manuel calls the number (Lonnies cell) and tells Rack that Annie is alive. Rack decides to meet at Rancho Cantina at noon, to which Manuel accepts. The trio wait at a nearby hotel. Manuel arrives with his men, and Rack and Skunk come face-to-face with Manuel. Rack has Tito tied up with a pillowcase over his head, and Rack is surprised to find out Annie’s stepfather Buck is part of Manuel’s gang. Manuel begs Rack to let his brother go, only to find out that Lonnie was wearing Titos clothes (while Tito is handcuffed to the car in his tight purple underwear). Manuel’s men die in the ensuing gunfight while Buck takes Annie in the back room. Tito escapes from the car. Manuel is about ready to kill Lonnie, only to be knocked out when his brother kicks open the door. Thinking Lonnie killed Manuel, Tito raises the gun on Lonnie. Tito is taken down by the dog Junior. Rack has Buck cornered when Johnny walks in, gun pointed toward Rack. Buck tells Johnny to shoot him. Lonnie turns the gun on Buck, revealing himself to be undercover FBI agent LeVar Spurlock. Annie escapes from Bucks grasp as he aims at Rack. Rack kills Buck dead with a shot to the head. The heroes, celebrating yet another victory, drive back to the tavern where they are warmly greeted by the patrons who watched a news report on the Garza brothers capture. Sheriff Londry arrives and starts grilling Rack, but later joins in the celebration. Rack and Annie get together.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Leslie Belzberg known as executive producer
  • Toby Keith known as producer
  • T.K. Kimbrell known as executive producer
  • Brent Morris known as line producer
  • Donald Zuckerman known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Toby Keith known as Joe Bill 'Rack' Racklin
  • Rodney Carrington known as Lonnie Luther Feldman
  • Claire Forlani known as Annie Streets
  • Ted Nugent known as Skunk
  • Barry Corbin known as Buck Baker
  • Greg Serano known as Tito Garza
  • Tom Skerritt known as Sheriff Wilson Landry
  • Gina Gershon known as Cammie
  • Willie Nelson known as Charlie
  • Chris Browning known as Deputy Stippins
  • Myk Watford known as Norvel
  • Carlos Sanz known as Manuel Garza
  • Chad Brummett known as Johnny Franks / Agent Levon Spurlock
  • David Allan Coe known as Gypsy Gene
  • Mark Povinelli known as Merriweather
  • Beth Bailey known as Becky
  • Mike Miller known as Peabody
  • Ray Aguayo known as Chico
  • Tish Rayburn-Miller known as Mavis
  • Kate Schroeder known as Sandy
  • Keith Jardine known as Jay Boy Simpson
  • Christopher Cade known as Jerry Buckey
  • Sam Carrington known as Boy on Bridge #2
  • Sarah Wilson known as Girl Washing Car
  • Mica Roberts known as Bar singer
  • Mac Davis known as Reverend J.D. Parker
  • Park Overall known as Barbara
  • Curtis Armstrong known as D.A. Levine
  • Mel Tillis known as Bob the Plumber
  • Cledus T. Judd known as Donut Store Clerk
  • Brit Morgan known as Harveyetta
  • Todd La Tourrette known as Robber (as Todd Latourette)
  • Emelie O'Hara known as Clerk at Truck Stop
  • Carlos A. Cabarcas known as Pedro
  • Lia Knight known as Radio Talkshow Host
  • April Garcia known as Girl in Jeep #1
  • Larry Chase known as Giant
  • Mary Ames known as Bearded Lady
  • John Husted known as Flipper Boy (as John Hosteb)
  • Heather Burns known as Lobster Claw
  • Alexander Kaminski known as Fire Breather
  • Jon Reigle known as Tattooed Man
  • Danielle Brown known as Two Ton Tina
  • Micah Alberti known as Jeff
  • Catt Greemwall known as Gypsy #1
  • Ivy Rose Graham known as Gypsy #2
  • Jackie Molen known as Human Tripod
  • Suchitra Sangchaloay known as Contortionist
  • Raymond Selfe known as Circus Cook
  • Cindy Farslow known as Exotic Body Painter
  • Clan Tinker known as Circus Performer #1
  • Elijah Whippo known as Circus Performer #2
  • Sara Whippo known as Circus Performer #3
  • Rebeka Whippo known as Circus Performer #4
  • Samuel Whippo known as Circus Performer #5
  • Adam Carillo known as Circus Performer #6
  • Paul Blott known as Sniper Sam
  • Ulysses Davis-Pease known as Bathroom Gang Member #1
  • Michael Donathan known as Bathroom Gang Member #2
  • Charles Dowdy known as Bathroom Gang Member #3
  • Kaz McGee known as Bathroom Gang Member #4
  • Luis Viveros known as Bathroom Gang Member #5
  • Dan Rather known as Himself
  • Vincent Hickerson known as Bar Band Member (as Trailer Choir)
  • Crystal Hoyt known as Bar Band Member (as Trailer Choir)
  • Mark Fortney known as Bar Band Member (as Trailer Choir)
  • Michael-David Aragon known as Henchman #3 (uncredited)
  • Robert Anthony Brass known as Diner Patron (uncredited)
  • Hayley Derryberry known as Pedestrian with Car (uncredited)
  • Aynn Kirby known as Bar Patron #5 (uncredited)
  • Brady Romberg known as Henchman #2 (uncredited)
  • Marc Schaffer known as Henchman #1 (uncredited)
  • Suzanne Wilcox known as Bar Patron (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Garnett Burk known as key hair stylist
  • Tarra D. Day known as makeup department head
  • Vanessa Jaramillo known as makeup artist day player
  • Kris Kobzina known as special makeup effects artist
  • Yvette Meely known as assistant hair stylist
  • Angelique Ortiz known as additional make-up
  • Sheila Trujillo known as key assistant makeup

Art Department:

  • Lisa Corradino known as on-set dresser
  • Michael R. Daigle known as carpenter
  • Jason Davis known as property master
  • Libbe Green known as set decoration buyer
  • Dale Lotreck known as painter
  • Steven Maes known as lead graphic designer
  • Nichole Miller known as on-set painter
  • Nichole Miller known as paint gang boss
  • Jodi Nichols known as art department coordinator
  • Brooke Peters known as set designer
  • Steven Samanen known as additional graphic designer
  • Spencer Stair known as leadman




Production Companies:

  • B4MH Productions
  • CMT Films
  • Show Dog Productions

Other Companies:

  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • EMS Payroll  extras payroll (uncredited)
  • Keslow Cameras  camera equipment provided by
  • Modern VideoFilm  digital intermediate
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Serious Grippage & Light  grip equipment
  • Soundtrack  adr facility


  • Roadside Attractions (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Eagle Films (2009) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Lionsgate (2008) (non-USA) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Engine Room (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Michael Caplan known as visual effects supervisor
  • Padraic Culham known as digital compositor
  • Eric Heavens known as digital compositor
  • Dan Schmit known as visual effects producer
  • Adam Simpson known as visual effects editor

Release Date:

  • USA 8 August 2008 (limited)
  • Germany 9 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Turkey 10 August 2011 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual humor and dialogue, language, drug content and brief nudity



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Jim P from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:43 pm

    My wife and I are huge TK fans. When he was in the 'burgh last weektelling the concert goes about the movie, we thought "what the heck,lets check it out." We should have been tipped off by the completelyempty theater, but we figured, its 7:00 on a Monday night so maybethey're just really slow. Wrong-o. Toby, you write great songs and yoursinging is fantastic, but you need to get as far away from Hollywood asyou can. I'm not sure if the acting was so bad it destroyed the writingor if the writing was so bad it couldn't be acted, but whatever thereason, this movie was just plain bad. On the sneak preview show onCMT, the stars/writers Toby and Rodney kept referring to it being likeCannonball Run. Having seen the Cannonball movies, I should have seenit coming, but the Cannonball movies would be Oscar material comparedto this. I would have given it a 1 but there was one funny scene. Otherthan that, I say again save your $8.50 and watch it on CMT in 3 months.

  2. Kingoffcomedy from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 9:43 pm

    I only rented this because of Rodney Carrington. His songs on Youtubeare hilarious!!!!!! I didn't expect much and just hoped that therewould be enough funny parts to pull the movie through. I was shocked atwhat I saw. Granted the movie is not going to win (or be nominated) forbest picture, but it was original, and very entertaining. The story wasfar better than I expected, and I had some laughs. After watching it mywife asked me to buy her a copy of it for Christmas.

    If you see this show expecting a dumb comedy you will be pleasantlysurprised. If you see it expecting it to be "picture of the year" youwill probably be disappointed.

  3. Brad Kruse from Ponca City, OK, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 9:43 pm

    I like Beer for My Horses. The writing is very formula-driven. RodneyCarrington plays like he is Barney Fife in Mayberry; there are otherAndy Griffith Show touches. Toby Keith smiles a lot; he doesn't conveymuch acting, but his droll demeanor provides a nice straight guy to thesight gags and Country star cameos.

    The setting is a small town, the topics are small town, and you findmore likable people strolling through the story than you could imagine.

    But the story is nice. Warm, even. I didn't watch a story, so much aswatch Rodney Carrington and Toby Keith making a story. Kind of like anextended comedy routine, rather than a movie comedy. But the experienceis enjoyable.

    And I *want* to learn about Snake's sling.

  4. hattjam8 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:43 pm

    I'm a woman, and usually people assume that women don't like dumb guycomedies. But more often than not, I'd rather watch something funnythan something heartwarming. I'd rather have a little heartwarming in alot of comedy than the other way around. And in the case of this silly,cheesy, predictable movie, I got my comedy with a dash of heart-warmth.

    I like Toby Keith — he's kinda hot. And I love to listen to him talk.Rodney Carrington is one of the funniest, most talented people outthere. And for both of them to be a in movie together — I was pleased.I laughed my butt off at some of the gags.

    I think my favorite part, however, was Ted Nugent as Skunk. As a fellowreviewer pointed out, it was hilariously ironic at that one ofentertainment's most opinionated souls, "Talks when he has something tosay," as Rack put it. Genius!

  5. MetalGeek from New Jersey, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 9:43 pm

    "Beer For My Horses" is a redneck-flavored "buddy cop" comedy starringcountry music superstar Toby Keith and down-home comedian RodneyCarrington (the pair also co-wrote the script) as small-town Oklahomasheriff deputies. Toby's the strong silent hero type while Rodneyprovides the goofball comic relief. When the two stop a gang of crooksfrom stealing fertilizer from a local farm, one of their prisonersturns out to be the brother of a particularly vicious Mexican druglord. From there you can pretty much write the script yourself — theprisoner tells Keith "My brother is going to kill you," Toby laughs itoff, then his girlfriend is kidnapped right out of her car on a countryroad late at night. Of course, the prisoner's brother is responsible,and he arranges an exchange — "You bring me my brother or I'll killthe girl." Thus, Keith and Carrington sneak their prisoner out of jailand head off to Mexico in Carrington's absurdly over-the-top monsterpickup truck, having various misadventures along the way (some of whichare far too silly to describe here) before a final showdown South ofthe Border. Do I really need to tell you how it all turns out? I didn'tthink so. Toby Keith has suggested that this film is meant to be anhomage to the "Cannonball Run" or "Smokey and the Bandit" movies, i.e.not to be taken very seriously. To me, it seemed like they weren't surewhether they were making a straight-up cop movie or a screwball comedy,and never found the proper balance between the two. Toby's a decentenough actor, and Carrington is always good for a few yuks, but I wasactually embarrassed for him by the time we got to the scene in arest-stop men's room where he leads a group of loitering gang-bangersin a sing-along. Willie Nelson is always a welcome presence in movieslike these, but he seems wasted in a bit part as the father figure of atraveling circus. I got the most laughs out of the first half hour orso, showcasing Toby's domestic problems and the lack of respect he getsat work from his superior officers. Once they hit the road for Mexico,the movie starts to fall apart. My favorite character in the wholemovie is Ted Nugent, who plays a fellow deputy who never speaks (exceptfor two words at the end) — knowing what a motormouth he is in reallife, I imagine it must've been hell for him to keep his trap shut fornearly the entire movie!! In short, "Beer For My Horses" is OK for afew laughs if you happen to catch it on Country Music Television (whereit airs on a seemingly weekly basis) but not something you need to seekout unless you're a fan of any of the participants.

  6. Roland E. Zwick ( from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:43 pm

    I have no earthly idea what "Beer for My Horses" is supposed to be orwhom it's supposed to appeal to, but it does have one of the mostunusual casts I've seen in ages. Rock and country music stars TobyKeith, Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis, Ted Nugent, Mac Davis and David AllenCoe join up with actual, honest-to-God actors like Tom Skerrit andClaire Forlani in a film derived from Keith's hit country song of thesame name.

    In fact, Keith co-wrote, directed and plays the lead in this tale of anOklahoma sheriff whose girlfriend is kidnapped after he and his menarrest the brother of a nefarious Mexican drug lord for stealingfertilizer, apparently a key ingredient in meth production (who knew?).Soon, the law enforcer and his posse are headed south-of-the-border torescue the girl.

    Keith has thrown just about everything he can think of into the mix:small-town buffoonery, race-tinged melodrama, low-keyed romance, atroupe of circus performers, a flatulent bulldog, and more scowlingMexicans than you can shake a sombrero at. Somehow it's all supposed togo together, but even the most accomplished filmmaker would havetrouble making it all work. Still, it's so homespun, scruffy andamiable that criticizing it too harshly would be like kicking thefamily mutt.

  7. Steve Pulaski from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:43 pm

    I wasn't surprised that the popular 2003 Country single would end up tobe a film adaptation five years later. If your familiar with the musicvideo of the song Beer for My Horses, you knew some extension and maybetransformation could lead to a movie. The question was, would they doit? The answer, was yes. As much as I loved the song when I wasyounger, I wasn't going berserk for the film. I was shocked whendiscovering it I hadn't seen it until about two years later. The mainreason was, I was upset Willie Nelson (co singer in the song) wasn'tToby Keith's sidekick/partner in the film. Thats why I avoided it.

    Though as soon I started watching it, I inevitably got hooked. Itsurpassed the video. It honestly did. The video's plot involved aserial killer who would kill prostitutes, and it was up to Toby Keith,Willie Nelson, and another cop to find out who it was. The movie's plothas a lot more suspense, and effects the protagonist, more than themusic video did.

    Toby Keith plays lovable deputy Rack who's sidekick is more than meetsthe eye Lonnie (Rodney Carrington), his bumbling sidekick, and silentand solemn Skunk (Ted Nugent). The three deputies recently arrested agroup of Mexicans who tried to steal fertilizer from a shop. Thebrother of one criminal kidnaps Rack's love interest who he goes backto after his most recent girlfriend dumps him. Rack, Lonnie, Skunk, andthe criminal head to Mexico to claim the girl and return the criminal.

    Besides some bad jokes, cliché moments, and foreshadowing of help fromsomething useless, this movie proves to be okay. There's just a fewproblems I have with this. The song Beer for My Horses is heard forfifteen seconds (barely) in the near opening of the film. Thats fine,maybe if the movie wasn't called Beer for My Horses, but why would youname a movie after a song, thats not even in a movie? Its on thesoundtrack, and the quote "Whiskey for my man, beer for my horses" issaid in the movie.

    The last thing I have to complain is the fact that Willie Nelson is thesidekick in the song, but not that movie. Instead he plays a randomtrucker who fixes the guys' car. Why couldn't all three men (Lonnie,Rack, and Willie) be the lead characters in the film. I don't have aproblem with Skunk, but he wasn't even in the video.

    This will probably be the closest to the video we will get. Im stillhung up on the fact that one of my all-time favorite songs has beenmade into a movie. Not a bad film, with likable characters and somefunny humor. Its not often a good country song gets made into a movie.Though lets hope the next one includes the TITLE SONG.

    Starring: Toby Keith, Rodney Carrington, Willie Nelson, and Ted Nugent.Directed by: Michael Salomon.

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