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Silver Bears (1978)

 -  Crime | Comedy  -  24 June 1978 (Denmark)
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Financial wizard "Doc" Fletcher (Michael Caine) is sent by crime boss Joe Fiore (Martin Balsam) to buy a bank in Switzerland in order to more easily launder their profits. When he arrives, ... See full summary »

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Doc Fletcher
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Debbie Luckman
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Prince Gianfranco di Siracusa
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Shireen Firdausi
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Agha Firdausi
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Donald Luckman
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Joe Fiore
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Albert Fiore
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Marvin Skinner
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Charles Cook
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Henry Foreman
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Nick Topping
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Signore Bendetti
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St. Louis
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Financial wizard "Doc" Fletcher (Michael Caine) is sent by crime boss Joe Fiore (Martin Balsam) to buy a bank in Switzerland in order to more easily launder their profits. When he arrives, Fletcher finds that the bank, acquired by his associate Prince di Siracusa (Louis Jourdan), consists of some shabby offices above a restaurant. To make up for this, the Prince suggests that Fletcher invests in a silver mine owned by Shireen and Agha Firdausi (Stéphane Audran and David Warner). This solves one problem, but the mine also attracts the attention of some of the most powerful people in the silver business. Fletcher must pull out all his wheeler-dealing skills in order to keep hold of everything he's worked for, in the process romancing a banker's discontented wife (Cybill Shepherd). Written by marktreut

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They were after silver and they struck gold.

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Crime | Comedy

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24 June 1978 (Denmark)  »

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Fool's Gold  »

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Trivia

The film and source novel's title has the same name as the top award at the Berlin Film Festival which is known as "The Silver Bear". See more »

Goofs

As Doc and Gianfranco enter Firdausi's, a passer-by stares directly at the camera until the shot's end. See more »

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Music by Franco Pisano
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Not half as bad as they tell you
12 October 2009 | by (Belgrade, Serbia) – See all my reviews

"Silver Bears" is a great little effort from Czech master, Ivan Passer. It's funny well acted and neatly done comedy caper, that wont let you go until the end. I don't know why it was so badly reviewed when it easily counts among the top 20 comedies of the 70's. Michael Caine is great as usual as Cockney mafioso who in order to make a buck for himself gets a green light from Italian mafioso to start a bank in Switzerland in order to launder some funds, but there's a catch. In fulfilling that mission, without getting himself a brand new pair of cement boots, Caine is greatly helped by Louis Jourdan as sleazy Prince Di Siracusa, and an odd couple of blockheads consisting of Jay Leno in his best role to date, apart from the "Tonight Show", and Tony Mascia as Marvin Skinner. Cybil Shepherd is always great as a decoration, and the movie slides along beautifully with turns on every corner. Passer later proved to be great as a director of many layers, showing his skills most notably in the "Cutter's Way", but here he does it strictly by the numbers. Great fun, catch it if you can, if you like comedies with style, you wont be disappointed.


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