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Silver Bears (1977)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 3 June 1977 (UK)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doc Fletcher
Debbie Luckman
Prince Gianfranco di Siracusa
Shireen Firdausi
Agha Firdausi
Donald Luckman
Joe Fiore
Albert Fiore
Marvin Skinner
Charles Cook
Henry Foreman
Jeremy Clyde ...
Nick Topping
Moustache ...
Signore Bendetti
Mike Falco ...
Philip Mascellino ...
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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.


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

3 June 1977 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Fool's Gold  »

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Did You Know?


Charles Gray portrayed a character, Sir Charles Cook, who had the same first name as his own. See more »


When Luckman (Tom Smothers) offers to buy the bank his hands alternate, between shots, from being in his pockets, to hanging loose by his sides. See more »

Crazy Credits

The final credits play over a scene of Donald Luckman writing his story of the events whilst in gaol. See more »


Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »


Music by Franco Pisano
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Silver Bores
8 August 2008 | by (Highlands of Scotland) – See all my reviews

I heard, many years ago, that Michael Caine used to pick his movie parts on the basis of the locations the films were to be shot in.

'Ah!' He would think, 'I quite fancy a trip to Switzerland and Morocco. Haven't been there for a bit.'

I guess that's why Caine took this part. I can think of no other reason* other than he fancied a trip to Morocco and the money was good. This long dull film is nowhere as funny or complicated as it thinks it is. The few plot twists are very obvious and not very twisty. The humour is leaden. (About halfway through I had to look at the DVD case sleeve to check whether I had been mistaken, but no, it was supposed to be a comedy.)

Very avoidable.

*Apart from the fact that his part called for him to roll around on a bed with a young, semi-naked Cybill Shepherd. Nice work if you can get it.

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