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Silver Bears (1977)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 3 June 1977 (UK)
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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Storyline

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:

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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:

USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Films, Raleigh Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was made and released four years after its source novel had been published in 1974. 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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Raffaella
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Music by Franco Pisano
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But factor in the nostalgia and it's a 7.5
26 May 2017 | by johnklemSee all my reviews

Here's the prob. The book's a lot better. Paul Erdman invented the financial thriller with Billion Dollar Sure Thing and followed it up with this story. Inevitably, it's a 70s caper pic without the physical action. Not a great recipe but it works. The leads are OK. Michael Caine isn't given a lot to work with and Jay Leno shows he was right to take another direction. The supporting roles are much better filled. Joss Ackland and Charles Gray both deliver on cue and whoever plays Donald Luckman comes closer than anyone to the book. On the other hand, Cybil Shepherd's Debbie Luckman is nothing like the book. She's better! In the book, Debbie's a frustrated, embittered bitch. And not without reason but here, she's a suburban child escaping her boundaries but never breaking faith with Donald. Donald's going to be locked up and she's not about to abandon him. But Michael Caine's home is awfully close to the jail ...


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