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Director:
Writers:
Michael Elias (written by) &
Frank Shaw (written by)
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Release Date:
13 July 1979 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The greatest cowboy ever to ride into the Wild West. From Poland. See more »
Plot:
A Polish rabbi wanders through the Old West on his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco. On the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Funny and warming film See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Wilder ... Avram

Harrison Ford ... Tommy
Ramon Bieri ... Mr. Jones

Val Bisoglio ... Chief Gray Cloud

George DiCenzo ... Darryl Diggs (as George Ralph DiCenzo)
Leo Fuchs ... Chief Rabbi

Penny Peyser ... Rosalie

William Smith ... Matt Diggs
Jack Somack ... Samuel Bender
Beege Barkette ... Sarah Mindl (as Beege Barkett)

Shay Duffin ... O'Leary
Walter Janovitz ... Old Amish Man (as Walter Janowitz)
Joe Kapp ... Monterano

Clyde Kusatsu ... Mr. Ping
Clifford A. Pellow ... Mr. Daniels (as Cliff Pellow)

Allan Rich ... Mr. Bialik
Henry Rowland ... 1st Farmer - Amish Man

Vincent Schiavelli ... Brother Bruno
John Steadman ... Booking Agent

Ian Wolfe ... Father Joseph
Steffen Zacharias ... Herschel Rosensheine
Eda Reiss Merin ... Mrs. Bender
Kenny Selko ... Little Boy
Warren Selko ... Little Boy
John Bleifer ... First Rabbi
Ben Kahlon ... Rabbi

Michael Elias ... Rabbi
Rolfe Sedan ... Rabbi
Rusty Blitz ... Rabbi
Sam Nudell ... Rabbi
Gabriel Curtiz ... Rabbi (as Gabriel Curtis)
Larry Gelman ... Rabbi
Zachary Berger ... Rabbi
Martin Garner ... Rabbi
Herbert Mitchel ... Black Man

David Bradley ... Julius Rosensheine
Richard Dunham ... Second Farmer - Amish Man
Bret Briggs ... Little Amish Boy
Brad Briggs ... Little Amish Boy
Chip Frye ... Teenage Boy
June Constable ... Amish Wife
Jacques Hampton ... Fisherman #1
Roy Kaye ... Fisherman #2
Catherine Chase ... Lady on Train
Linda Stearns ... Mother
Heidi Stearns ... Jane
Howard Gudmundson ... Railroad Employee Applicant
Marty White ... Railroad Employee Applicant
George Barrows ... Ticket Purchaser
Gloria Hayes ... Indian Maiden
Alex Romero ... Wild Old Man
Robert Padilla ... Medicine Man
Frank De Vol ... Piano Player - Old Timer (as Frank DeVol)
Alvin Greenman ... Wedding Guest
Joe Massengale ... Cowboy #1
Richard Kennedy ... Cowboy #2
Dick Dickinson ... Cowboy #3
Allan Keller ... Cowboy #4
Tom Lillard ... Sheriff (as Tommy Lillard)
Karl Lukas ... Bartender
Young Jue ... Waiter
Christine Glazier ... Dance Hall Girl
Hank Robinson ... Croupier (as Henry F. Robinson)

Directed by
Robert Aldrich 
 
Writing credits
Michael Elias (written by) &
Frank Shaw (written by)

Produced by
Mel Dellar .... associate producer (as Melvin Dellar)
Hawk Koch .... executive producer (as Howard W. Koch Jr.)
Mace Neufeld .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank De Vol 
 
Cinematography by
Robert B. Hauser (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Horger 
Irving Rosenblum 
Maury Winetrobe 
 
Production Design by
Terence Marsh 
 
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
 
Makeup Department
Giannina Bush .... makeup artist
Leland V. Crawford .... hair stylist (as Leland Crawford)
William Turner .... makeup artist (as Bill Turner)
 
Production Management
Edward Teets .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Adelman .... dga trainee
Peter L. Bergquist .... second assistant director (as Peter Bergquist)
Mel Dellar .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Michael Casey .... property man
Dale Covey .... greensman (as Dale Covey Jr.)
Dave Newhouse .... greensman: construction (as David Newhouse)
Joe Pearce .... stand-by painter
Victor E. Petrotta Sr. .... property master (as Victor Petrotta)
H. John Ramos .... assistant property master
Ida Random .... assistant art director
Josan F. Russo .... assistant art director (as Josan Russo)
George Szeptycki .... assistant art director (as J. George Szeptycki)
Hendrik Wynands .... construction coordinator (as Hank Wynands)
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
George Geren .... cable person
Walter Goss .... sound re-recording mixer
Arthur Jackson .... playback operator (as Art Jackson)
Joe Kenworthy .... boom operator
Marvin I. Kosberg .... looping editor
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Solomon .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Henry Millar Jr. .... special effects foreman
Kevin Pike .... special effects
 
Stunts
Kim Burke .... stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunt coordinator
Bill Hart .... stunts
Chuck Hayward .... stunt coordinator
Bob Herron .... stunts
Bob Terhune .... stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Billy Beaird .... dolly grip (as Bill Beaird Jr.)
Billy Beaird .... key grip (as Bill Beaird)
Don Cady .... electrical best boy
Robert E. Gaynor .... dolly grip (as Robert Gaynor)
John Kiser .... camera operator (as John F. Kiser)
Nick Kurges .... grip
James LeBlanc .... second assistant camera (as James Le Blanc)
Eugene Mendez .... second company grip
Victor Nikaido .... camera technician
Douglas Olivares .... second assistant camera
John R. Shannon .... still photographer
Duane Smith .... electrical best boy
Michael St. Hilaire .... camera operator (as Mike St. Hilaire)
Lynn Tomes .... camera technician
Jack Wilson .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Steven R. Stevens .... location casting (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Violet N. Cane .... costumer: women (as Violet Cane)
Dennis Fill .... wardrobe supervisor
George L. Little .... costume foreperson (as George Little)
 
Editorial Department
Dennis E. Lew .... assistant editor
Saul Saladow .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bob Alberti .... orchestrator
Baruch Cohon .... composer: original chant
Eugene Marks .... music editor (as Gene Marks)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (as Al Woodbury)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
George American Horse .... technical advisor
Joan Bennett .... secretary to director
Walter Blake .... title designer: main titles
Kathy Day .... secretary to producer
Glenn Dunn .... craft service
Doris Grau .... script supervisor
Alvin Greenman .... dialogue supervisor
Meyer Heller .... technical advisor (as Rabbi Meyer Heller)
Susan Hoffman .... location auditor
Gordon Jones .... representative: AHA
Richard Liebegott .... production secretary
Susan Pile .... unit publicist
Steven Robbins .... technical advisor (as Rabbi Steven Robbins)
Alex Romero .... choreographer
Rudy Ugland .... ramrod
Jerry Young .... wrangler
B.J. Smith .... first aid (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"No Knife" - , USA (working title)
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Runtime:
114 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The movie traded on Gene Wilder's western-comedy screen persona from the earlier spoof western hit movie Blazing Saddles (1974) which had been made and released about five years earlier. It also did this a year later in Stir Crazy (1980) by making Wilder a hero at riding a rodeo mechanical bull even labeling Wilder at one point an "Urban Cowboy".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Avram cocks his gun after tripping Matt Diggs during the gunfight in San Francisco but in the next shot, the hammer isn't pulled back.See more »
Quotes:
Avram:[Avram and Tommy are cuddled together under a blanket during the blizzard] We are doing this to keep warm, aren't we?
Tommy:Uh-huh.
Avram:In that case, you can put your arms around me.
Tommy:Come here, darling.
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Funny and warming film, 4 January 2004
Author: knsevy from KCMO

This is one of my all-time favorite comedies. A lot of it is gritty, but the movie never loses sight of the humor it's trying to get across.

Gene Wilder is the center of it. Anyone could have played Ford's role, but he does a competent job. He's not really believable, but the ROLE isn't believable. It's hard to be a good guy when you're threatening peoples' lives in order to rob them.

Wilder is the whole movie, except for Val Bisoglio as Chief Gray Cloud. Wilder portrays a lost man in the wilds of frontier America, and he does it well. The movie itself deftly avoids moralizing about the 'right' religion. The Amish people helping the Rabbi on his journey is very realistic. They would not have turned down another religious man; they would have helped him, just as they do, in the film. I appreciate little touches, like this. It would have been far too easy to portray the Amish (or Mennonites; it's hard to tell, with a movie set in that time period) as ultraconservative bigots, but instead, the production crew chose to show them realistically.

This is a sweet, funny movie, with some real drama, unless you're just too cynical to care. And if you ARE too cynical to care, I truly pity you. This is a fun, exciting movie that anyone should like.

knsevy KCMO

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