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The Frisco Kid (1979)

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ramon Bieri ...
Mr. Jones
Darryl Diggs (as George Ralph DiCenzo)
Leo Fuchs ...
Chief Rabbi
Matt Diggs
Jack Somack ...
Samuel Bender
Sarah Mindl (as Beege Barkett)
Walter Janovitz ...
Old Amish Man (as Walter Janowitz)
Joe Kapp ...
Mr. Ping
Clifford A. Pellow ...
Mr. Daniels (as Cliff Pellow)


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 »


Comedy | Western


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13 July 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

No Knife  »

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One of two western comedies released in 1979. The other was The Villain (1979). See more »


After reaching the Coast of California, Avram and Tommy must travel a day-and-a-half North to reach San Francisco. In one of the next scenes they are shown riding with the ocean on their right-hand side. That would have had them riding South. See more »


[Tommy and Avram are in a saloon, where Tommy is sawing away at a huge steak, but Avram is too depressed to eat]
Tommy: Now, look. You go up and change, and then we'll go together and we'll tell your people that the new rabbi's arrived. All right?
Avram: I told you that I can't be a rabbi.
Tommy: [Tommy hurls a piece of bread at him] Don't you tell me that. Just don't say that again. Not after what I've been through to get your goddamn ass here alive. If you hadn't have shot that man, then we'd both be dead. Do you ...
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Lost Comedy Classic
15 June 2004 | by (Austin, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is hysterical, from its depiction of what the American west must have looked like to an outsider to its terrific Jewish guilt and humor, although it does have a lot of "insider" Jewish humor. That's not to say it can't be enjoyed by non-Jews, as well, but a familiarity with Jewish culture definitely makes the movie more enjoyable. Wilder is at his funniest and Harrison Ford is charming as a side-kick, a role I wasn't accustomed to seeing him in. Watching Ford succumb to Jewish guilt--even when it means freezing his butt--is fantastic. My apologies to Blazing Saddles fans but I think this is way funnier. And it didn't even have to rely on fart-humor.

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