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The Frisco Kid (1979)

A Polish rabbi wanders through the Old West on his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco. On the way he is nearly burnt at the stake by Indians and almost killed by outlaws.

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Robert Aldrich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Wilder ... Avram
Harrison Ford ... Tommy
Ramon Bieri ... Mr. Jones
Val Bisoglio ... Chief Gray Cloud
George DiCenzo ... Darryl Diggs (as George Ralph DiCenzo)
Leo Fuchs Leo Fuchs ... Chief Rabbi
Penny Peyser ... Rosalie
William Smith ... Matt Diggs
Jack Somack Jack Somack ... Samuel Bender
Beege Barkette ... Sarah Mindl (as Beege Barkett)
Shay Duffin ... O'Leary
Walter Janovitz Walter Janovitz ... Old Amish Man (as Walter Janowitz)
Joe Kapp ... Monterano
Clyde Kusatsu ... Mr. Ping
Clifford A. Pellow Clifford A. Pellow ... Mr. Daniels (as Cliff Pellow)
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Storyline

A rabbi from Poland goes to America to lead a Jewish community. When he arrives in America he is hijacked and has to work his way across the country. On the way he meets up with a bank robber and they form a friendship, have many (mis)adventures including being captured by Indians. Written by Deirdre Dear

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The greatest cowboy ever to ride into the Wild West. From Poland. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

13 July 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Knife See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$160,292, 15 July 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,346,177
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie wasn't the first time the title "The Frisco Kid" was used. There was another western, Frisco Kid (1935), but this film was not a remake of that one. See more »

Goofs

In a conversation between Avram and Tommy there is a reference to the country of Czechoslovakia. The film is set in 1850 but Czechoslovakia was established in 1918 as a result of WW1. The territory was then called Bohemia. See more »

Quotes

[Tommy and Avram are being chased by a posse, but Avram won't ride on the sabbath]
Tommy: You give me the pee-doodles!
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Camptown Races
Composed by Stephen Foster (as Stephen Collins Foster)
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Be patient
20 February 2001 | by grahamsj3See all my reviews

I agree with a few of the other commenters who say this is an overlooked film. I think many people gave up on it because the first 45 minutes or so are VERY slow. After that, the pace picks up nicely and the film becomes quite humorous. Gene Wilder stars as a Rabbi sent from Europe to San Francisco. He must traverse the entire US and has several adventures and misadventures along the way. He also meets up with Harrison Ford, who portrays a bank robber. There are a few scenes where there is some violence. The film is a combination of western drama and comedy, with elements of both in about equal amounts. As I said earlier, give this film a chance...suffer through the first 45 minutes or so. The remainder of the film is well worth it.


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