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Bank Shot
     

Bank Shot

Director: Gower Champion, Gary Wood, Harvey Adams, Bob Balaban

Cast: Gower Champion, Gary Wood, Harvey Adams, Bob Balaban

 

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This crime-caper film from director Gower Champion stars George C. Scott as a visionary thief. He doesn't merely intend to rob a bank; his plan is to steal the whole bank. This is accomplished by lifting the structure with house-moving machinery in the dead of night, then painting it pink and squirreling it away in a trailer park. The Bank Shot was based on a novel by

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This crime-caper film from director Gower Champion stars George C. Scott as a visionary thief. He doesn't merely intend to rob a bank; his plan is to steal the whole bank. This is accomplished by lifting the structure with house-moving machinery in the dead of night, then painting it pink and squirreling it away in a trailer park. The Bank Shot was based on a novel by Donald E. Westlake who also wrote the book that became 1972's The Hot Rock.

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This charming little sleeper is worth the hunt for fans of offbeat comedies. The script, adapted from a Donald Westlake novel, takes the heist thriller and sets that genre on its ear by using a novel plot hook (the idea of stealing an entire bank) and replacing its usual tough-guy character archetypes with a bunch of zanies right out of the slapstick-comedy playbook. George C. Scott has a ball playing against type as the reluctant mastermind hero, using his natural gift for the slow-burn to comedic ends and showing a nice flair for deadpan comic wit. Elsewhere, there are nice turns by Joanna Cassidy, who manages to be silly and sexy all at once, and Bob Balaban, who is talented enough to go toe to toe with Scott in the deadpan-comedy arena. However, the big scene-stealer turns out to be Sorrell Booke: his frantic reactions to the goings-on prompt many a knee-jerk laugh throughout the film. Behind the camera, director Gower Champion keeps the plot rolling at a breakneck pace and makes nice use of a jaunty musical score by John Morris to enhance the film's breezy, madcap mood. In short, Bank Shot brings a uniquely witty style to a familiar genre and is thus worth a look to cult film aficionados.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/2015
UPC:
0738329164126
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
PG
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
14,737

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Wood Actor
Harvey Adams Irving
Bob Balaban Victor Karp
Harvey J. Goldenberg 1st policeman
Jack Riley Jackson
George C. Scott Walter Upjohn Ballentine
Joanna Cassidy Eleonora
Sorrell Booke Al G. Karp
G. Wood Andrew Constable
Clifton James Streiger
Bibi Osterwald Mums Gornik
Frank McRae Herman X
Don Calfa Stosh Gornik
Liam Dunn Painter

Technical Credits
Gower Champion Director
Albert Brenner Art Director
David Bretherton Editor
George P. Gaines Set Decoration/Design
Robert Knudson Sound/Sound Designer
Hal Landers Producer
Wendell Mayes Screenwriter
John Morris Score Composer
Bobby Roberts Producer
Tom Shaw Asst. Director
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Barry Thomas Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bank Shot
1. Chapter 1 [:11]
2. Chapter 2 [7:56]
3. Chapter 3 [8:59]
4. Chapter 4 [12:48]
5. Chapter 5 [9:01]
6. Chapter 6 [9:24]
7. Chapter 7 [12:16]
8. Chapter 8 [12:55]
9. Chapter 9 [10:07]

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