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The Frisco Kid (1979) Poster

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The opening credits are still being shown at the 16-minute mark.
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"The Frisco Kid" wasn't the first time this title was used. There was another western made in 1935, Frisco Kid (1935), but this film was not a remake of that one.
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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".
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Not the first western for Harrison Ford. Ford 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).
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In his autobiography, Gene Wilder says that John Wayne was offered the part that was eventually played by Harrison Ford. Wayne loved the role and was eager to work with Wilder. However, an agent tried to offer Wayne less than his usual fee and the legendary actor turned the film down. This may be true, but it is actually unlikely. By 1979 Wayne was too ill with stomach cancer to consider film work, and in fact he died later that year from the disease.
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One of five movies in which Gene Wilder plays a man wrongly accused of committing a crime. The films include Silver Streak (1976), The Frisco Kid (1979), Stir Crazy (1980), Hanky Panky (1982), and See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989).
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One of a number of Hollywood westerns that were a flop at the box-office during the late 1970s / early 1980s. Others included Barbarosa (1982), The Mountain Men (1980), The Villain (1979), Goin' South (1978), Hard Country (1981), The Frisco Kid (1979), Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981), and The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981).
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Final film of veteran character actor Henry Rowland.
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Noticeable in the trailer for this Warner Brothers movie was the use of footage of Gene Wilder from Wilder's earlier films such as Warner Bros' Blazing Saddles (1974) but also ones from Wilder's other studio pictures from 20th Century Fox, Silver Streak (1976) and Young Frankenstein (1974).
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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).
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According to the specific version of the Amidah prayer that the rabbi says it is possible to derive that he leaves the Amish village on a Thursday.
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Penultimate film directed by Robert Aldrich. ...All the Marbles (1981) would be his last two years later.
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Gene Wilder sports a beard in this movie.
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One of two western comedies released in 1979. The other was The Villain (1979).
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Some viewers have complained that the name Darryl is anachronistic. One etymology source says that, as a first name, it was not used by English speakers until the late 19th century. However, the name comes from Old French "d'Airelle," meaning someone from the town of Airelle in France; Airelle itself means "open space," from the Latin, so it might be quite old.
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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.
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The film's opening title card reads "(Poland 1850)".
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