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The Frisco Kid (1979)

 -  Comedy | Western  -  13 July 1979 (USA)
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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
Beege Barkette ...
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 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. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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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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Gene Wilder sports a beard in this movie. See more »

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The Jewish Sabbath does not necessarily end when the sun goes down, but when it gets dark which could be up to an hour later. Also, an observant Jew would not be able to travel outside a city on Sabbath, even on foot, for more than 2,000 biblical "cubits" (~1,000 yards) from the place he was in when Sabbath began. Therefore, Avram would not have been willing to travel, leading his horse, on Sabbath. It is also forbidden to carry on the Sabbath in a public domain (such as a road), or to make one's animal carry. This is another reason why Avram would refuse to travel. See more »

Quotes

Tommy: But you're a good man!
Avram: I am a good man. I am. But I'm not a Rabbi.
Tommy: Don't say that!
Avram: Tommy, I'm not a Rabbi.
Tommy: Don't SAY that!
[Throws food at Avram in anger]
Tommy: You are a Rabbi. I'm a bank robber. I'm a card player and a whoremonger. That's what I am. YOU are a Rabbi. You can fall in the mud, you can slip on your ass, you can travel in the wrong direction. But even on your ass, even in the mud, even if you go in the wrong direction for a little while, you're STILL a Rabbi! THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE!
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Not the best movie ever made, but my favorite.
1 February 2001 | by (Sydney) – See all my reviews

When the "Frisco Kid" first came on tv two decades ago I recorded it and watched it over and over, my wife and friends and I quoting parts of it at each other at appropriate moments in our lives.

I read the (some) lukewarm comments here on the Database and the more positive ones and let them ride, just keeping this small pearl tucked away as my favorite movie. Then last night I came home, turned on the tv and caught Gene Wilder as the rabbi Avram Belinksi trying NOT to look at the woman on the train's wondrous cleavage as he was making his way to 1850 San Francisco, so I and sat down and watched the movie through again. It is still as funny, quaint, realistic, well acted and kind as it has ever been.

Gene Wilder demonstrates the best acting he has ever done. He IS Avram Belinski. Complex, human, childlike and oh so (what I imagine) European Jewish. A stranger in a doubly strange land. Strange by being an urban Pole in the "wild west" and strange by being a Jew in that world. I learnt a lot about "Jewishness" from this movie, and at the same time a lot about Americanism too. Being neither myself I can still appreciate the humour. Humanist, long suffering, realistic and proud.

Whatever it is inside me that makes me feel good and part of humanity is touched by "The Frisco Kid". That is why I regard it as my "favorite" movie, not the best movie ever made. That title I reserve for another totally different obscure B/W movie called "King and Country" whose demonstrated injustice is counter-balanced by Avram's integrity.


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