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The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 9 May 1969 (Italy)
A naive Amish young woman runs away from her home in Pennsylvania to New York City where she hopes to act in religious stage plays but ends up performing in Burlesque theatre.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writers:

Arnold Schulman (screenplay), Sidney Michaels (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Raymond Paine
Britt Ekland ... Rachel Schpitendavel
Norman Wisdom ... Chick Williams
Forrest Tucker ... Trim Houlihan
Harry Andrews ... Jacob Schpitendavel
Joseph Wiseman ... Louis Minsky
Denholm Elliott ... Vance Fowler
Elliott Gould ... Billy Minsky
Jack Burns ... Candy Butcher
Bert Lahr ... Professor Spats
Gloria LeRoy Gloria LeRoy ... Mae Harris
Eddie Lawrence Eddie Lawrence ... Scratch
Dexter Maitland Dexter Maitland ... Duffy
Lillian Hayman Lillian Hayman ... Singer in Speakeasy
Richard Libertini ... Pockets (as Dick Libertini)
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Storyline

Rachel arrives in New York from her Amish community intent on becoming a dancer. Unfortunately Billy Minsky's Burlesque is hardly the place for her Dances From The Bible. But the show's comedian Raymond sees a way of wrong-footing the local do-gooders by announcing the new Paris sensation "Mme Fifi" and putting on Rachel's performance as the place is raided. All too complicated, the more so since her father is scouring the town for her and both Raymond and his straight-man Chick are falling for Rachel. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Sometimes being a nice girl is too much to BARE! See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for suggestive content and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Richard Libertini's film debut. See more »

Goofs

Rachel refers to herself as "Amish". The word "Amish" is a term used by non-Amish; the Amish would refer to themselves as the "plain folk". See more »

Quotes

Jacob Schpitendavel: I do not know, Louis Minsky, if we pray to the same God.
Louis Minsky: We must. Only a God who could tolerate me, could possibly tolerate you.
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Crazy Credits

The words in the title flash on the screen individually in between shots of the raiding vice cops. See more »

Connections

Featured in Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

You Rat You
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Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
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Let Me Entertain You
9 June 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Although the story line of The Night They Raided Minsky's was more silly than funny, quite a few laughs can still be had from this salute to the good old days of burlesque. It even has Bert Lahr in the cast who was a veteran of that venue of entertainment.

Amish girl fresh off the farm Britt Eklund has been given a calling to dance a practice forbidden by her sect. But even with father Harry Andrews in pursuit from the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Britt is pursuing her dream of interpretive religious dance. Why she didn't seek out Martha Graham instead of Minsky's is beyond me.

Her innocence is so beguiling she has comedy team Jason Robards, Jr., and Norman Wisdom panting after her in heat. Gangster Forrest Tucker is looking and even Elliott Gould who is the Minsky who runs the burlesque theater on property his father owns hasn't missed her at all.

I did love Jason Robards who apparently has a line for just about every occasion and whose gift of gab gets him out of some tight spots. And Denholm Elliott the pompous moralizing professional do-gooder also has some noticeable moments.

This film was Bert Lahr's farewell performance. Lahr was terminally ill when he did the film and didn't finish his role and it was edited around. He doesn't look very good and is remarkably subdued from the Bert Lahr were used to seeing.

Weakest part of the film was the musical score by Strouse and Adams. They've done far better on Broadway, still it's serviceable enough and Eklund's alleged invention of the striptease worth the wait.

Fans of the cast members will like The Night They Raided Minsky's.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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