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The Great Bank Robbery (1969)

Three separate plans to rob a top-security bank in the western town of Friendly, Texas, circa 1880.

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Rev. Pious Blue
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Sister Lyda Kebanov - Forger
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Ranger Ben Quick
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Slade
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Papa - Juan's Father
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Juan
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Mayor Kincaid
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Brother Lilac Bailey - Art Forger
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Secret Agent Fong
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Jeb (as Elisha Cook)
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Mrs. Applebee
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Brother Dismas Ostracorn - Explosives
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Sheriff of Friendly
Peter Whitney ...
Brother Jordan Cass - Tunneling
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The Great Gregory - Balloonist
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Lyda Kabanov and her assortment of buddies pose as leaders of the only church in Friendly, Texas, their intention being to rob the fortress-like bank built by the Brothers James, Dalton, and Younger to house their ill-gotten gold. Arriving in town on dust-covered feet, Lyda is introduced by phony evangelist Pious Blue as "my cousin" and she promptly opens her dress and displays her voluptuous charms. Written by alfiehitchie

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It was a bank that couldn't be taken. But three different gangs tried. All on the same morning. See more »

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Comedy | Western

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25 November 1969 (West Germany)  »

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A nagy bankrablás  »

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Trivia

This was the third collaboration for Zero Mostel and Akim Tamiroff in less than 24 months. They had both appeared in Great Catherine (1968) and the canceled Seth Holt comedy "Monsieur Lecoq". See more »

Goofs

When the robbers are cutting through the floor the scenes from below show that the floor joists are not very close. When viewed from above the cut out piece was resting on the joist, which meant that particular cut had to be made from above. See more »

Connections

References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

The Rainbow Rider
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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Poor man's Blazing Saddles, but still good.
11 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I actually enjoyed this. Saw it on TCM and was glad I stumbled upon it flicking the channels.

It's fun.

It's not as slapstick as BS as I said, but it entertains, and is a little deeper comedy wise than some folk give it credit for. It's meant to be very stereotypical... the story line, characters etc Only the song in the Church i felt was not needed... felt a little Disney-ish.

The lead actress Kim Novac is absolutely stunning, worth watching just to see her. Will def be looking in to other films she made. Reminded me a bit of a cross between Doris Day and Goldie Hawn.


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