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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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This kosher cowboy hasn't got a prayer -- but plenty of laughs. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two western comedies released in 1979. The other was The Villain (1979). See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1850, and in the early scenes (probably in Pennsylvania with the Amish community) there are barbed wire fences lining the roads. Barbed wire wasn't invented until 1873 (earlier versions might have been available but were not mass produced and certainly not for that long of a stretch) and was intended mainly for the western United States, not the eastern half. See more »

Quotes

[Tommy and Avram look out over the Pacific Ocean]
Tommy: Well, cuz, we made it. It was just like I told you. Right at that big tree; then left for a couple days; sharp right; and then straight as piss till you come to the ocean.
Avram: Who would have dreamed it could be so simple?
Tommy: Yeah. You don't know me the next time you see me, I'm gonna kick your ass all the way back to Poland.
Avram: Why wouldn't I know you? You going away someplace?
Tommy: Well, yeah. This is where we say goodbye, Avram.
Avram: What do you mean?
Tommy: Well, you ...
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Composed by Stephen Foster (as Stephen Collins Foster)
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Lost Comedy Classic
15 June 2004 | by MichelleATXSee all my reviews

This movie is hysterical, from its depiction of what the American west must have looked like to an outsider to its terrific Jewish guilt and humor, although it does have a lot of "insider" Jewish humor. That's not to say it can't be enjoyed by non-Jews, as well, but a familiarity with Jewish culture definitely makes the movie more enjoyable. Wilder is at his funniest and Harrison Ford is charming as a side-kick, a role I wasn't accustomed to seeing him in. Watching Ford succumb to Jewish guilt--even when it means freezing his butt--is fantastic. My apologies to Blazing Saddles fans but I think this is way funnier. And it didn't even have to rely on fart-humor.


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