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Fools' Parade (1971)

GP  -  Comedy | Drama | Thriller  -  October 1971 (Austria)
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When a trio of ex-convicts led by Mattie Appleyard is released from prison, they hope to open a general store using money Mattie has saved during his 40-year sentence. This attempt is met ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mattie Appleyard
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'Doc' Council
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Cleo
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Lee Cottrill
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Johnny Jesus
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Roy K. Sizemore
Mike Kellin ...
Steve Mystic
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Chanty (as Kathy Cannon)
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Junior Kilfong
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Willis Hubbard
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Homer Grindstaff
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Enoch Purdy
James Lee Barrett ...
Sonny Boy
Kitty Jefferson Doepken ...
Clara
Dwight McConnell ...
Station Master
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When a trio of ex-convicts led by Mattie Appleyard is released from prison, they hope to open a general store using money Mattie has saved during his 40-year sentence. This attempt is met with great resistance from a corrupt prison official and the banker who issued Mattie the check. Written by Greg Helton <ghelton@airmail.net>

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Glory, W.Va., 1935. It wasn't exactly a parade. It wasn't a time for celebration. It was a time to run for your life.

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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October 1971 (Austria)  »

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Die Gnadenlosen  »

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Trivia

The imitation glass eye that James Stewart wore throughout the movie caused sufficient discomfort to force him to work for no more than twenty minutes at a time. Once it was in place, filming had to begin immediately in order to maximize productivity. See more »

Goofs

When Homer Grindstaff is supposed to be locking the bank door early in the movie, the key is clearly not even in the lock. He is merely making a gesture by fiddling with the key. See more »

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Mattie Appleyard: God uses the good ones and the bad ones use God.
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References Ridin' for Justice (1932) See more »

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Solid performances by James Stewart and George Kennedy
21 December 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The plot is simple: 3 convicts have done their time and are being released from prison. Mattie Appleyard (James Stewart) has saved a large sum of money while behind bars and plans to open a small store with his two compatriots. However, we know from the very first scene that prison authority 'Doc' Council (George Kennedy) is not a friend of inmates nor those who have paid their debt to society, and this is where the story begins. Both Stewart and Kennedy give very solid performances, and as to why this movie is not widely recognised for being one of the best in either actors' careers is very much beyond me. No, it doesn't have space aliens blowing up New York, or laser beams shooting out of mutants' eyes, or even alleged terrorists fighting each other with bio-chemical weapons in some far flung country. However, what it does have are actors practicing their individual crafts as best as they know how to and providing the viewing audience with an extremely good product. This is what is called entertainment.


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