Homer Rutledge is one of the main protagonists of Joe Camp's 1979 film The Double McGuffin. He is a spunky, witty kid with a Swiss Army knife.
He was portrayed by Greg Hodges.
Homer and his friends, Specks, Billy Ray Dober and Foster Callaway sneak out in the middle of the night to a pond in the woods while encountering a mysterious woman on the way. They are caught by a police chief named Arnold Talasek and he threatens to inform Coach Johnson, but Specks convinces him not to, because of their upcoming game and he reluctantly decides not to as he takes them home.
The next day, Homer decides to hang out with Jody in the woods and talks about his prejudice towards Arthur Honeycutt. Homer tells Jody that he's in love with her, but Jody tells him that she's got geometry lessons and leaves. Homer then finds a briefcase and opens it with his super tool and discovers a large stash of money. He hides it in a culvert and tries to show it to his friends, but they find a dead body instead. They try to convince Tally about the incident, but he refuses to believe them until he reluctantly goes out with them, only to find nothing.
While hanging out with Jody at a cafe, they discuss about the body and Jody is confused. As Tally arrives, they leave and Jody follows them as she reveals her relationship with Homer, much to the other boys' surprise. They then notice a mysterious man being dropped off by the same woman's limousine and they notice the same briefcase as he talks on the phone in a different language. Specks and Jody distract the man, while Homer and Foster steal the case and bring it to Tally. They try to convince him to open it, but he refuses and Billy Ray warns then that Mr. Firat is coming. Firat arrives and Homer orders Tally to press charges against him for stealing his money until Foster orders him to stop. Tally asks Firat if he wants to open the case, but he refuses and Homer tries to point out that he's hiding something and Tally threatens him. Tally changes his mind and Firat reluctantly gives them the case. Homer opens it, only to discover Kura's underwear, much to Tally's chagrin.
The following night, during the football game, they notice Kura and Firat standing behind her, watching them. As the game starts, they notice that Firat has disappeared. Afterwards, Homer and Specks head into the woods and discover the same briefcase in the same culvert. Upon opening it, they find a dismembered hand and they run. They head back to show it to Tally, but it has disappeared and they flee the scene.
The next day, Billy Ray follows Firat to Hotel Bonnieux and Homer, Specks and Foster follow him. Specks and Foster keep watch of Firat and his men at the Iron Horse bar, while Homer and Billy Ray head to his hotel room and Billy hides a walkie-talkie in a plant. Homer discovers a stack of pistols and rifles in the trunk and Billy notices that the phone is taken off the hook, so they leave. They are almost caught by Firat and his men, but they escape into a different room. They then overhear Firat's assassination plot, but one of his men pours alcohol on the plant, destroying the walkie-talkie.
The kids create a diversion by hiring Arthur to print out some information about the assassins, while Foster distracts them with a fire alarm so Jody can take pictures of them. After printing out the information, they circle the evidence and discover that Firat is an illegal immigrant from a Middle Eastern country called Kaboor and that the woman they keep seeing is a Middle Eastern prime minister named Kura. They come up with a plan to get her to the police station, but Firat foils the plan. The boys can't figure out what else that can do, but Specks comes up with an idea to take Tally to the evidence. Specks and Homer find the evidence in the briefcase at the hotel room, while Arthur leads Tally to the hotel room. They find nothing, but Tally recieves a call from Specks' father and Arthur reveals Homer and Specks tied up in a closet, having tricked Firat and leading him to getting arrested. The kids cheer and Specks shows Tally the evidence as they leave.
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