Beer for My Horses is a 2008 American comedy film. The film stars country music entertainer Toby Keith and is based on his song by the same name. The film was co-written by Keith and Rodney Carrington (who also stars in the film) and directed by Michael Salomon, who has directed numerous music videos for Keith.
The film was shot in and around Las Vegas, New Mexico, United States and was released on August 8, 2008. It made about $650,000 in its limited box office release.
Best friends Joe Bill "Rack" Racklin (Toby Keith) and Lonnie Freeman (Rodney Carrington) are deputy sheriffs in the small town of Mangum, Oklahoma that enjoy pig hunting and drinking at the local bar the Thirsty Monkey. After his girlfriend Cammie (Gina Gershon) leaves him, Rack finds out that his old flame Annie Streets (Claire Forlani) has returned home from Chicago to care for her sick mother. Rack, Lonnie, and their friend and fellow deputy Skunk Tarver (Ted Nugent) arrest three local criminals and a Mexican drug lord Tito Garza (Greg Serano) for stealing fertilizer that is intended to make methamphetamine. Garza is scheduled to be turned over to the FBI for federal charges when Annie mysteriously disappears, after a date and one night stand with Rack, who discovers that Annie has been kidnapped by Tito's older brother Manuel Garza (Carlos Sanz), who runs a large Mexican drug cartel. Manuel demands his brother be returned to him in Santa Luna, Mexico or he will kill Annie. Despite being taken off the case Rack, Lonnie, and Skunk take Tito to Mexico. Along the way they are helped by a group of circus entertainers led by Charlie (Willie Nelson), who gives them a jug of homemade whiskey known as "circus jolly". Once in Mexico they engage in a gunfight with Garza's men and it's revealed that Annie's rich and powerful stepfather Buck Baker (Barry Corbin) is Garza's partner and his United Farm Enterprises is the base for the largest methamphetamine operation in Oklahoma. Baker reveals that the local district attorney is corrupt and that he has been giving Annie's mother "goofy juice" to make her appear to have Alzheimer's disease. Rack, with the help of an undercover FBI agent, kills Buck and rescues Annie. Rack, Lonnie, and Skunk turn Manuel and Tito over to the FBI in Oklahoma City and return to Mangum where they are cheered by the local crows at the Thirsty Monkey and berated by Sheriff Landry for disobeying orders but does not arrest them and everyone toasts "whiskey for my men, beer for my horses".
- Toby Keith as Joe Bill "Rack" Racklin
- Rodney Carrington as Lonnie Luther Freeman
- Ted Nugent as Skunk Tarver
- Barry Corbin as Buck Baker
- Greg Serano as Tito Garza
- Carlos Sanz as Manuel Garza
- Claire Forlani as Annie Streets
- Curtis Armstrong as D.A. Levin
- Tom Skerritt as Sheriff Wilson Landry
- Willie Nelson as Charlie
- Chris Browning as Deputy Stippens
- Mac Davis as Preacher
- Keith Jardine as Jay Boy Simpson
- Gina Gershon as Cammie
- Sam Carrington as Boy on Bridge #2
- David Allan Coe as Gypsy
- Mel Tillis as Bob the plumber
At the film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently displays six "Rotten" reviews out of six reviews counted. The audience score is a 3.5 of 5.
- Beer for My Horses at the Internet Movie Database
- Beer for My Horses at CMT.com