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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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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 | Drama | Western

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13 July 1979 (USA)  »

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No Knife  »

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Trivia

Not the first western for Harrison Ford. He appeared in westerns when he was unknown in television and in such films as Journey to Shiloh (1968) and A Time for Killing (1967). However, The Frisco Kid (1979) would be Ford's last western until Cowboys & Aliens (2011). See more »

Goofs

When Avram chooses not to ride his horse due to it being the Sabbath is a common belief among Hasidic Jewish people, who won't drive or operate anyhing with electricity on the Sabbath. Given the situation Avram was in when the men where chasing him and planing to hang him and Tommy. A Jew would be allowed to ride or to drive a car or do anything to get away. Since another force is threatening his life. See more »

Quotes

[Avram teaches some Indians how Jews dance]
Avram: Watch that lady. I think that lady's a Jewish Indian.
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Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: ¡...con Phineas & Ferb! (2011) See more »

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Waltz 'Gold and Silver'
Composed by Franz Lehár
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An overlooked cinematic comedy gem!
9 July 2000 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a great film. Gene Wilder plays an authentic Polish rabbi with a believable Yiddish accent in a buddy movie romp through the Wild West. Harrison Ford, in his pre-Indiana Jones incarnation, makes an effective side-kick. This is truly among Wilder's best roles. Robert Nurenberg's review couldn't have said it any better... except Wilder did not portray a rabbinical school dropout, though he was not likely the most outstanding pupil. He was a trained rabbi sent to America to assume a pulpit in San Francisco where he would marry the woman hand picked by a match-maker. What happens on the way from Poland to California is more than worth a single viewing! The Frisco Kid is a most enjoyable, insightful, and entertaining film. A well-deserved 10/10!


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