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Bank Shot (1974)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 31 July 1974 (USA)
A bank, temporarily housed in a mobile home while a new building is built, looks like an easy target. On the other hand, why not steal the whole bank and rob it in a safer location?

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Eleonora
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Andrew Constable
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Streiger
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Victor Karp
Bibi Osterwald ...
Mums Gornik
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Hermann X
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Stosh Gornik
Harvey Evans ...
Irving
Hank Stohl ...
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Liam Dunn ...
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A bank, temporarily housed in a mobile home while a new building is built, looks like an easy target. On the other hand, why not steal the whole bank and rob it in a safer location? Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Master criminal Ballantine and his gang hit the Mission Bell Bank with jacks, tires and a tow truck, in the biggest bank shot of the century. They didn't stop with the money, they took the whole bank. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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31 July 1974 (USA)  »

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Most of character names have been changed from the original novel; only Hermann X's name is unchanged. See more »

Goofs

When Ballentine goes to the drugstore to purchase saltpeter, he starts to say Sodium Nitrate, rather than Potassium Nitrate. But does say Potassium Nitrate, so we don't know if it was scripted that way or not. See more »

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[Hearing the initial plan to rob the bank]
Walter Upjohn Ballentine: I'm going to get up from this table. I'm going to walk to the nearest police station, and I'm going to turn myself in. And they will take me back to Stryker's funny farm, where at least I was safe...
[He looks around at the others]
Walter Upjohn Ballentine: ...and sane. And I pity the poor schmuck who tries... to stop me.
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Follows The Hot Rock (1972) See more »

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Strenuously daffy...
5 March 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Incarcerated thief--with a colorful rap-sheet of offenses--is tipped off by a former crony about a little bank near Los Angeles just waiting to be robbed; he breaks out of prison and surveys the bank in question, deciding it would be better to make off with the entire mobile building rather than just the safe. Scrappy adaptation of Donald E. Westlake's novel (a follow-up to his similarly-themed "The Hot Rock", itself filmed in 1972), this half-assed comedy-caper is poorly photographed and directed, but does benefit from energetic supporting players and some mild laughs in the opening. It falls apart after an hour or so, with George C. Scott (sporting exaggerated eyebrows and a peculiar, Ed Wynn-like speaking voice) badly miscast in the lead. *1/2 from ****


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