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Fools' Parade (1971)

GP | | Comedy, Drama, Thriller | 1971 (UK)
In 1935, after forty years in a West Virginia prison, three released convicts wish to open a legitimate business using the $25,000 earned in prison, but a crooked prison guard in cahoots with the town banker plans to defraud them.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

Davis Grubb (novel), James Lee Barrett (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Mattie Appleyard
George Kennedy ... 'Doc' Council
Anne Baxter ... Cleo
Strother Martin ... Lee Cottrill
Kurt Russell ... Johnny Jesus
William Windom ... Roy K. Sizemore
Mike Kellin ... Steve Mystic
Katherine Cannon ... Chanty (as Kathy Cannon)
Morgan Paull ... Junior Kilfong
Robert Donner ... Willis Hubbard
David Huddleston ... Homer Grindstaff
Dort Clark ... Enoch Purdy
James Lee Barrett James Lee Barrett ... Sonny Boy
Kitty Jefferson Doepken Kitty Jefferson Doepken ... Clara
Dwight McConnell Dwight McConnell ... Station Master
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Storyline

When a trio of ex-convicts led by Mattie Appleyard is released from prison, they hope to open a general store using money Mattie has saved during his 40-year sentence. This attempt is met with great resistance from a corrupt prison official and the banker who issued Mattie the check. Written by Greg Helton <ghelton@airmail.net>

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Taglines:

Every greedy gun-toter in the hills is after this fool and his money! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Trivia

When Cleo (Anne Baxter) said she and her girls were run out of town by the D.A.R., she was referring to the Daughters of the American Revolution", a women's civic service organization founded in 1890 consisting of direct descendants of patriots involved in the American War of Independence. See more »

Goofs

In the closing scene and credits, the vehicles crossing the bridge over the railroad track are correct older vintage cars. However, on the second bridge in the distance, new cars can be seen crossing. See more »

Quotes

Mattie Appleyard: God uses the good ones and the bad ones use God.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1935 See more »

Connections

References Ridin' for Justice (1932) See more »

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fools parade (1971)
25 September 2006 | by judycvtSee all my reviews

I grew up in Moundsville W.Va. where the movie was filmed and got to watch many of the areas they filmed, i was able to get several signatures from the actors, Jimmy Stewart, Struther Martin and George Kennedy. I never got to meet Kurt Russell. It was a really good movie, not Oscar material, but very enjoyable. The last comment about why the movie never made it to copy, is because (this is what I've heard) Anne Bancroft did not like her portrayal and would never authorized a release in copy. She is now deceased, so i can only hope this will allow copies to be made and distributed. I for one would be the first in line to get it!.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$60,500
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (as Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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