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Fools' Parade (1971)

In 1935, after 40 years in a West Virginia prison, three released convicts wish to open a legitimate business using the 25 thousand dollars earned in jail but a crooked prison guard in cahoots with the town banker plan to defraud them.

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Lee Cottrill
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Johnny Jesus
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Roy K. Sizemore
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Steve Mystic
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Junior Kilfong
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Willis Hubbard
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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. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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October 1971 (Austria)  »

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Die Gnadenlosen  »

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(Eastmancolor) (as Eastman Color)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Homer Grindstaff: Is this your way of stickin' up a bank?
Mattie Appleyard: Nope. No. No, I'm not a bank robber. I'm just an American that's come into a bank to cash a check.
Homer Grindstaff: I'll see you in hell, first!
Mattie Appleyard: Well that's very possible, Mr. Grindstaff. Very possible, indeed. And sooner than you think if you don't get me my money right quick!
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References Ridin' for Justice (1932) See more »

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Sadly not on vhs/dvd in US!James Stewart/Kurt Russell Rules!!
5 September 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In this superb but little known 1971 film starring Jimmy Stewart,Kurt Russell playing ex-convicts trying to cash a check in a corrupt town that won't let them.Based on the book "Fools Parade" by Davis Grubb whose other book"Night of the Hunter" was also made into a movie 1955-starring Robert Mitchum,Shelley Winters and both movies filmed in West Virginia.Unfortunately like so many other great movies"Fools Parade"has never been released on vhs/dvd in the US which hopefully will change someday.


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