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Bank Shot (1974)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 31 July 1974 (USA)
A motley crew of criminals plans to rob a Los Angeles bank that's temporarily located in a mobile home during renovations.

Director:

Gower Champion

Writers:

Wendell Mayes (screenplay by), Donald E. Westlake (from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Walter Upjohn Ballentine
Joanna Cassidy ... Eleonora
Sorrell Booke ... Al G. Karp
G. Wood ... Andrew Constable
Clifton James ... Streiger
Bob Balaban ... Victor Karp
Bibi Osterwald ... Mums Gornik
Frank McRae ... Hermann X
Don Calfa ... Stosh Gornik
Harvey Evans Harvey Evans ... Irving
Hank Stohl Hank Stohl ... Johnson
Liam Dunn ... Painter
Jack Riley ... Jackson
Pat Zurica ... Man in Privy
Harvey J. Goldenberg ... 1st Policeman
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A bank, temporarily housed in a mobile home while a new building is built, looks like an easy target. On the other hand, why not steal the whole bank and rob it in a safer location? Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The Biggest "Withdrawal" In Banking History! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bank Shot See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Most of character names have been changed from the original novel; only Hermann X's name is unchanged. See more »

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When Ballentine goes to the drugstore to purchase saltpeter, he requests Potassium Sulfate, rather than Potassium Nitrate. See more »

Quotes

[Hearing the initial plan to rob the bank]
Walter Upjohn Ballentine: I'm going to get up from this table. I'm going to walk to the nearest police station, and I'm going to turn myself in. And they will take me back to Stryker's funny farm, where at least I was safe...
[He looks around at the others]
Walter Upjohn Ballentine: ...and sane. And I pity the poor schmuck who tries... to stop me.
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Follows The Hot Rock (1972) See more »

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The worst Westlake adaptation yet
11 June 2010 | by gf-18See all my reviews

If proof was needed that Gower Champion should never be allowed on a film set again, this movie provides it. Based pathetically on Donald Westlake's second "Dortmunder" novel, it's so bad that the names had to be changed to protect the innocent. Dortmunder becomes Balantyne. Kelp becomes Karp. Scott's forced to operate with caterpillars glued over his own eyebrows, making him appear to be the love child of a Hobbit and Jerry Colonna. And everything that is laugh-out-loud funny in the novel is "please kill me now" awful here.

While Robert Redford was terribly miscast in "The Hot Rock" (George Segal would have made the better Dortmunder), at least he was not strapped to the screenplay and director from hell as Scott was. The fans of Westlake still await a decent "Dortmunder," but hold out little hope. Walter Matthau, who would have smacked that role out of the park, is gone. But this is a case where you really want to hunt up the novel and never ever go near this film, drunk or sober.


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