Silver Bears (1977)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  3 June 1977 (UK)
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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »


Music by Franco Pisano
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A good picture.
14 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

It's a good crime picture with a star-packed cast. The plot is very engaging and not much complicated but also a clever one, which is a big advantage because you never get bored while watching it. Ivan Passer who directed the movie was amongst the leading directors of the new wave in Czechoslovakia in the early 60s but this picture is entirely different. Anyway, it's good in its genre and definitely well acted with the required *twinkle* in the eye from Michael Caine. The locations are very attractive as well as music. It's a very pleasant movie to watch in the evening. I recommend it not only to Michael Caine fans.

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