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The Great Bank Robbery (1969)

Three separate plans to rob a top-security bank in the western town of Friendly, Texas, circa 1880.

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Hy Averback

Writers:

William Peter Blatty (screenplay), Frank O'Rourke (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zero Mostel ... Rev. Pious Blue
Kim Novak ... Sister Lyda Kebanov - Forger
Clint Walker ... Ranger Ben Quick
Claude Akins ... Slade
Akim Tamiroff ... Papa - Juan's Father
Larry Storch ... Juan
John Anderson ... Mayor Kincaid
Sam Jaffe ... Brother Lilac Bailey - Art Forger
Mako ... Secret Agent Fong
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Jeb (as Elisha Cook)
Ruth Warrick ... Mrs. Applebee
John Fiedler ... Brother Dismas Ostracorn - Explosives
John Larch ... Sheriff of Friendly
Peter Whitney ... Brother Jordan Cass - Tunneling
Norman Alden ... The Great Gregory - Balloonist
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Storyline

Lyda Kabanov and her assortment of buddies pose as leaders of the only church in Friendly, Texas, their intention being to rob the fortress-like bank built by the Brothers James, Dalton, and Younger to house their ill-gotten gold. Arriving in town on dust-covered feet, Lyda is introduced by phony evangelist Pious Blue as "my cousin" and she promptly opens her dress and displays her voluptuous charms. Written by alfiehitchie

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It was a bank that couldn't be taken. But three different gangs tried. All on the same morning. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1969 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy bankrablás See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This project was originally set up at Paramount in 1967, and Rex Harrison and Melina Mercouri were being wooed to star. See more »

Goofs

When the robbers are cutting through the floor the scenes from below show that the floor joists are not very close. When viewed from above the cut out piece was resting on the joist, which meant that particular cut had to be made from above. See more »

Quotes

Ranger Ben Quick: Just because I talk slow don't mean I'm peculiar.
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Connections

Spoofs The Great Train Robbery (1904) See more »

Soundtracks

Heaven Helps Him Who Helps Himself
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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Madcap Bank Caper
27 September 2013 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

About five years before this film hit the movie theaters, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World proved a box office success. It was a cartoonish, madcap collection of skits bound together by its central theme--a race to find a buried treasure.

One might wonder if the success of that film inspired The Great Bank Robbery and other films. TGBR is also cartoonlike and wacky. Like Mad World, it features competing factions out to find wealth--this time to rob a bank of its gold. It does not boast the array of film and television stars that Mad World does, but there are a few: Zero Mostel, Kim Novak, Clint Walker, Claude Akins, Larry Storch, Sam Jaffe, Elisha Cook, Jr.

I am not sure what rating the film earned, but it contains some nudity that might deserve an R, which is surprising, because the film has the feel of a Disney product, like The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975). It even features two songs with words by Sammy Cahn.

In the end, this is an uneven film. But if you like the kind of mugging you can expect from Larry Storch or Zero Mostel, it has a certain charm.


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