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Silver Bears (1977)

Financial wizard "Doc" Fletcher (Michael Caine) is sent by crime boss Joe Fiore (Martin Balsam) to buy a bank in Switzerland in order to more easily launder their profits. When he arrives, ... See full summary »

Director:

Ivan Passer

Writers:

Paul Erdman (novel), Peter Stone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Doc Fletcher
Cybill Shepherd ... Debbie Luckman
Louis Jourdan ... Prince Gianfranco di Siracusa
Stéphane Audran ... Shireen Firdausi
David Warner ... Agha Firdausi
Tom Smothers ... Donald Luckman
Martin Balsam ... Joe Fiore
Jay Leno ... Albert Fiore
Tony Mascia ... Marvin Skinner
Charles Gray ... Charles Cook
Joss Ackland ... Henry Foreman
Jeremy Clyde Jeremy Clyde ... Nick Topping
Moustache ... Signore Bendetti
Mike Falco Mike Falco ... Boston
Philip Mascellino Philip Mascellino ... St. Louis
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Financial wizard "Doc" Fletcher (Michael Caine) is sent by crime boss Joe Fiore (Martin Balsam) to buy a bank in Switzerland in order to more easily launder their profits. When he arrives, Fletcher finds that the bank, acquired by his associate Prince di Siracusa (Louis Jourdan), consists of some shabby offices above a restaurant. To make up for this, the Prince suggests that Fletcher invests in a silver mine owned by Shireen and Agha Firdausi (Stéphane Audran and David Warner). This solves one problem, but the mine also attracts the attention of some of the most powerful people in the silver business. Fletcher must pull out all his wheeler-dealing skills in order to keep hold of everything he's worked for, in the process romancing a banker's discontented wife (Cybill Shepherd). Written by marktreut

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Taglines:

They were after silver and they struck gold.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fool's Gold See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Films,Raleigh Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The make, model, and color of Italian Prince Gianfranco di Siracusa's (Louis Jourdan's) luxury car, was a yellow 1937 Buick convertible. See more »

Goofs

When Luckman (Tom Smothers) offers to buy the bank his hands alternate, between shots, from being in his pockets, to hanging loose by his sides. See more »

Crazy Credits

The final credits play over a scene of Donald Luckman writing his story of the events whilst in gaol. See more »

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Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

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Wish it had been easier to bear
24 April 2018 | by udar55See all my reviews

A Las Vegas mob boss (Martin Balsam) comes up with an ingenious way to launder money - buy a bank! He sends pal Doc Fletcher (Michael Caine) to Switzerland to buy a bank with the help of local contact Prince Gianfranco di Siracusa (Louis Jordan). Along for the ride is the kingpin's wayward son Albert (Jay Leno). Prince Siracusa has a deed for a bank (really a rundown apartment over a pizza parlor) and then things get complicated when his "cousins" (Stéphane Audran and David Warner) want Fletcher to buy in on their Iranian silver mine. Also figuring into this are a banking exec (Tom Smothers) and his ditzy wife (Cybill Shepherd). Ouch! Caine has been upfront about his taking roles for their locations (paid vacation!) and I can't think of any other reason he would have taken this. It is billed as a comedy-thriller, yet manages to never be funny or thrilling. You would think with such a cast that some sort of sparks would fly, but this nearly 2 hour flick is a bore. It doesn't help that the main plot twist doesn't kick in until 90 minutes in (even though you've guess it when it is introduced) and the tricks to swindle some buyers turns into an anti-THE STING. Lots of moments of people talking...and talking...and talking. It says something when the comic highlight is Caine accidentally dropping a breakfast egg in his lap. I lay it all firmly at the feet of director Ivan Passer, who thinks having such a capable cast can immediately pass for a top notch film. Definitely not the case. I'm sure Caine's wife thanks him though.


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