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The Frisco Kid (1979)

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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Cast

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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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Storyline

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 | Drama | Western

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Release Date:

13 July 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

No Knife  »

Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$160,292 (USA) (15 July 1979)

Gross:

$9,346,177 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some viewers have complained that the name Darryl is anachronistic. One etymology source says that, as a first name, it was not used by English speakers until the late 19th century. However, the name comes from Old French "d'Airelle," meaning someone from the town of Airelle in France; Airelle itself means "open space," from the Latin, so it might be quite old. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1850, and in the early scenes (probably in Pennsylvania with the Amish community) there are barbed wire fences lining the roads. Barbed wire wasn't invented until 1873 (earlier versions might have been available but were not mass produced and certainly not for that long of a stretch) and was intended mainly for the western United States, not the eastern half. See more »

Quotes

[Avram pretends that he is a random cowboy, delivering the Torah to the Bender family as a favor to his friend the rabbi. Rosalie Bender thinks he's cute]
Rosalie: What do you want?
Avram: Um, well, I came to bring this thing here
[he pats the Torah]
Avram: for, eh, for Mr. Bender, iffen I got the right house, an' all.
Rosalie: You do. I'm his daughter.
Avram: Yeah, I know that.
[He remembers that he is not supposed to have seen her photograph before, much less carried it from Poland]
Avram: Oh! Oh, you're the daughter! You're the Bender ...
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Beautiful Dreamer
Composed by Stephen Foster (as Stephen Collins Foster)
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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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