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The Frisco Kid (1979) Poster

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The opening credits are still being shown at the sixteen-minute mark.
This movie wasn't the first time the title "The Frisco Kid" was used. There was another western, Frisco Kid (1935), but this film was not a remake of that one.
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According to the specific version of the Amidah prayer that the rabbi says, it is possible to derive that he left the Amish village on a Thursday.
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The horses which Tommy (Harrison Ford) and Avram (Gene Wilder) 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 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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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 he died later that year from the disease.
This movie traded on Gene Wilder's western-comedy screen persona from Blazing Saddles (1974).
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Sixth and final western directed by Robert Aldrich. His earlier ones were Apache (1954), Vera Cruz (1954), 4 for Texas (1963), Ulzana's Raid (1972), and The Last Sunset (1961).
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Harrison Ford does not appear until the twenty-two-minute mark.
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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, this movie would be Ford's last western until Cowboys & Aliens (2011).
Final film of veteran character actor Henry Rowland.
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(At around sixteen minutes) Having finally found his suitcase after being thrown out of the wagon, Avram exclaims, "This you couldn't throw out first!?" When in actuality, his suitcase was thrown out first, and he was thrown out from the wagon last.
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One of five movies in which Gene Wilder played a man wrongly accused of committing a crime. The others being Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), Hanky Panky (1982), and See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989).
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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 nineteenth 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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Noticeable in the trailer for this Warner Brothers film was the use of footage of Gene Wilder from his earlier films, such as Warner Brothers' Blazing Saddles (1974) but also from his films for 20th Century Fox, Silver Streak (1976) and Young Frankenstein (1974).
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Penultimate film directed by Robert Aldrich. ...All the Marbles (1981) was his last.
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One of numerous Hollywood westerns that were a flop at the box-office during the late 1970s and 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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(At around forty-two minutes) Harrison Ford says, "I don't like the odds". Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) was released with the now famous line, "Never tell me the odds."
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One of two western comedies released in 1979. The other was The Villain (1979).
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The film's opening title card reads "(Poland 1850)".
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Gene Wilder sports a beard in this movie.
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Shown as transporting the main character to America is the Tall Ship, Bounty, a 1960 recreation of a 1787 ship.
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