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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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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)
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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
Art Jackson .... playback operator
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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Trivia:
Sixth and final western directed by Robert Aldrich. Aldrich's earlier oaters were Apache (1954), Vera Cruz (1954), 4 for Texas (1963), Ulzana's Raid (1972) and The Last Sunset (1961).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In a conversation between Avram and Tommy there is a reference to the country of Czechoslovakia. The film is set in 1850 but Czechoslovakia was established in 1918 as a result of WW1. The territory was then called Bohemia.See more »
Quotes:
[Tommy and Avram are being chased by a posse, but Avram won't ride on the sabbath]
Tommy:You give me the pee-doodles!
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Soundtrack:
Waltz 'Gold and Silver'See more »

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43 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
I LOVE THIS FILM!, 4 March 2001
Author: artzau from Sacramento, CA

I read all the commentaries and disagree with most, but particularly those who moan about this being "slow" for the first 45 minutes. Look. This is a classic. The story is great. A misanthropic rabbi comes to a congregation in San Francisco and get waylaid and falls into (mis)adventures with a seedy character. This unlikely duo make their way to SF undergoing a number of adventures. If you do not understand the yiddishekeit of this film, go take a look at the Marx brothers. The scene where battered Wilder sees the Amish and goes screaming in Yiddish only to discover the cross in the bible in one of the farmer's pockets and faints dead away, is worth the price of admission along. The voting scene at the Yeshiva where only the little boy votes for Wilder invoking the older Rabbi turning his eyes to heaven and saying, "It's going to be close!" is likewise great. This is zany Yiddish theater at its best. Wilder, always overacting, is SUPERB as the rabbi. Ford is merely great as the kindhearted outlaw. The bad guys are bad, the characters they meet along the way, Schiavelli and veteran character actor Ian Wolfe are great as the Trappist monks, even Joe Kapp is great as the Mexican RR worker. This is great watching and one of my favorite films. Don't knock it. It's hilarious. Check it out!

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