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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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The greatest cowboy ever to ride into the Wild West. From Poland. See more »


Comedy | Western


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13 July 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

No Knife  »

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The horses which Tommy and Avram ride into San Francisco are different from the horses in earlier scenes, which were smaller and used for galloping for long distances. The horses in this later scene are of the breed called American Quarter Horses. You can tell this because their heads and faces are smaller, while their bodies are larger and more muscular, and their rumps (which Avram would call the tuchas) are much rounder than the rumps of long-distance-running horses. The Quarter Horse is very swift for a short distance; the earlier horses, perhaps of a mixed breed, were used for their stamina and placidness. See more »


After the final gun fight scene, the rabbi drops three balls from the rear of Matt Diggs' pistol. With the 1860 Colt Army .44, the balls must be rammed into the front of the cylinder with the loading lever. They will not fall out. See more »


[Tommy and Avram look out over the Pacific Ocean]
Tommy: Well, cuz, we made it. It was just like I told you. Right at that big tree; then left for a couple days; sharp right; and then straight as piss till you come to the ocean.
Avram: Who would have dreamed it could be so simple?
Tommy: Yeah. You don't know me the next time you see me, I'm gonna kick your ass all the way back to Poland.
Avram: Why wouldn't I know you? You going away someplace?
Tommy: Well, yeah. This is where we say goodbye, Avram.
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Tommy: Well, you ...
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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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