A Polish rabbi wanders through the Old West on his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco. On the way he is nearly burnt at the stake by Indians and almost killed by outlaws.

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Ramon Bieri ...
Mr. Jones
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Darryl Diggs (as George Ralph DiCenzo)
Leo Fuchs ...
Chief Rabbi
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Rosalie
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Matt Diggs
Jack Somack ...
Samuel Bender
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Sarah Mindl (as Beege Barkett)
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O'Leary
Walter Janovitz ...
Old Amish Man (as Walter Janowitz)
Joe Kapp ...
Monterano
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Mr. Ping
Clifford A. Pellow ...
Mr. Daniels (as Cliff Pellow)
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A rabbi from Poland goes to America to lead a Jewish community. When he arrives in America he is hijacked and has to work his way across the country. On the way he meets up with a bank robber and they form a friendship, have many (mis)adventures including being captured by Indians. Written by Deirdre Dear

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This kosher cowboy hasn't got a prayer -- but plenty of laughs. See more »

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Comedy | Western

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13 July 1979 (USA)  »

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No Knife  »

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Noticeable in the trailer for this Warner Brothers movie was the use of footage of Gene Wilder from Wilder's earlier films such as Warner Bros' Blazing Saddles (1974) but also ones from Wilder's other studio pictures from 20th Century Fox, Silver Streak (1976) and Young Frankenstein (1974). See more »

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Avraham is apparently an Orthodox Jew. In Jewish weddings, the bride doesn't kiss the groom publicly, and the bride wouldn't kiss any other men, even his friends. See more »

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[Avram lifts Rosalie's veil to kiss his bride]
Avram: [voiceover] I've crossed rivers, and I've climbed high mountains, and I've, I was captured by wonderful Indians. I did so many things. God has truly blessed me. And what's more, how many rabbis can say that they had a bank robber for a best man?
[Avram steps aside, and Tommy steps in to kiss the bride. Mr. Bender pushes him out of the way, laughing]
Samuel Bender: Mazel tov. Music, maestro, please!
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Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: ¡...con Phineas & Ferb! (2011) See more »

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Be patient
20 February 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with a few of the other commenters who say this is an overlooked film. I think many people gave up on it because the first 45 minutes or so are VERY slow. After that, the pace picks up nicely and the film becomes quite humorous. Gene Wilder stars as a Rabbi sent from Europe to San Francisco. He must traverse the entire US and has several adventures and misadventures along the way. He also meets up with Harrison Ford, who portrays a bank robber. There are a few scenes where there is some violence. The film is a combination of western drama and comedy, with elements of both in about equal amounts. As I said earlier, give this film a chance...suffer through the first 45 minutes or so. The remainder of the film is well worth it.


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