Frisco Kid

The Frisco Kid

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Director: Robert Aldrich

Cast: Gene Wilder, Harrison Ford, Ramon Bieri

     
 

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Robert Aldrich returns to the western-spoof genre he'd previously explored in Four for Texas with The Frisco Kid. Gene Wilder plays Polish rabbi Avram Belinsky, who intends to set up a congregation in San Francisco. Eminently unsuited for life in the Old West, poor Avram is victimized by everyone with whom he comes in contact. Salvation arrives in the

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Robert Aldrich returns to the western-spoof genre he'd previously explored in Four for Texas with The Frisco Kid. Gene Wilder plays Polish rabbi Avram Belinsky, who intends to set up a congregation in San Francisco. Eminently unsuited for life in the Old West, poor Avram is victimized by everyone with whom he comes in contact. Salvation arrives in the unlikely form of taciturn bank robber Tommy (Harrison Ford). Incredibly, Tommy takes a liking to the feckless Avram, and together the two men embark on a series of seriocomic adventures.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Did you hear the one about the rabbi and the bank robber in the Wild West? Chances are, probably not. The Frisco Kid didn’t exactly strike gold at the box office in 1979. But to Gene Wilder cognoscenti, this gefilte-fish-out-of-water buddy comedy is considered a minor gem. On a career roll after Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Silver Streak, Wilder was paired with Harrison Ford, a rising star then, and a busy one at that. Wilder portrays Avram Belinski, a devout and sweet-natured Polish rabbi dispatched to a congregation in 1850s San Francisco. Soon after landing in America, the trusting soul is robbed and left stranded in the desert, where Ford’s affable bank robber, Tom Lillard, comes to his rescue. They’re not exactly Black Bart and the Waco Kid from Blazing Saddles, but they do make for an entertainingly odd couple as they encounter Indians, monks, and the desperadoes who previously robbed Avram. Handling the reins is Robert Aldrich, director of the hard-boiled Kiss Me Deadly, The Dirty Dozen, and The Longest Yard, which may explain why The Frisco Kid is all over the map with its unwieldy blend of slapstick, pathos, and traditional western action and drama. Gratuitous profanity also mars what could have been a more family friendly romp. Of course, you don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate The Frisco Kid, but it certainly helps. At one point, a posse is hot on Avram and Tom’s trail, but because it is the Sabbath, Avram refuses to ride his horse before sundown. “Why is this Saturday different from other Saturdays?” Avram asks, which will be a riot to anyone who has ever attended a Passover seder (or then again, maybe not).

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2006
UPC:
0012569734036
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
16,670

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Wilder Avram Belinsky
Harrison Ford Tommy
Ramon Bieri Mr. Jones
Val Bisoglio Chief Gray Cloud
William Smith Matt Diggs
George DiCenzo Darryl Diggs
Penny Peyser Rosalie
Jack Somack Samuel Bender
Beege Barkett Sarah Mindl
Shay Duffin O'Leary
Leo Fuchs Chief Rabbi
Clifford A. Pellow Actor
Walter Janowitz Actor
Clyde Kusatsu Mr. Ping
John Bleifer First Rabbi
Michael Elias Rabbi
Martin Garner Rabbi
Larry Gelman Rabbi
Joe Kapp Monterano
Richard Kennedy Cowboy #2
Karl Lukas Bartender
Eda Reiss Merin Mrs. Bender
Robert Padilla Medicine Man
Allan Rich Mr. Bialik
Henry Rowland 1st Farmer (Amish Man)
Vincent Schiavelli Brother Bruno
Rolfe Sedan Rabbi
John Steadman Booking Agent
Ian Wolfe Father Joseph
Alex Romero Wild Old Man

Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director
Frank deVol Score Composer
Mel Dellar Asst. Director
Michael Elias Screenwriter
Robert B. Hauser Cinematographer
John C. Horger Editor
Howard W. Koch Executive Producer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Mace Neufeld Producer
Alex Romero Choreography
Irving Rosenblum Editor
Josan F. Russo Production Designer
Frank Shaw Screenwriter
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
William Turner Makeup
Maury Winetrobe Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Frisco Kid
1. Close Vote [4:40]
2. The Diggs Brothers [4:47]
3. Stranded [4:40]
4. Credits [2:54]
5. Amish Encounter [5:03]
6. Strangeness on a Train [2:22]
7. Laughable Robbery [4:13]
8. Working on the Railroad [2:58]
9. Why My Food? [1:37]
10. Fish Dinner for Two [4:37]
11. Eyes on the Tuchus [2:56]
12. Taken to the River [2:56]
13. Wintry Warmup [5:18]
14. Bandit Partners [2:30]
15. No Riding Today [2:30]
16. His All For the Torah [6:12]
17. Everybody Dance [8:09]
18. Monastery Manners [6:08]
19. Saloon Slugfest [4:45]
20. Paid Back in Full [6:40]
21. Best Friends [2:40]
22. Bullets on the Beach [2:24]
23. Some Kind of Angel [3:45]
24. Where's the Rabbi? [1:46]
25. That's What You Are [3:48]
26. Dance with a Fiancée [3:08]
27. Diggs' Challenge [4:33]
28. I'll Take San Francisco [4:34]
29. Matrimonial / End Credits [2:26]

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The Frisco Kid 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one funny movie. Harrison Ford before he became popular--when he used more than one expression to act. Gene Wilder never better. Laughed from start to finish, with some crying in between. A genuine heartwarmer! Would recommend to anyone, partic if you like ethnic humor of a gentle variety.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great stars, great acting, great comedy. Harrison Ford . . . in a comedy like this! Most amazing to me, though, is the wittiness in presenting the essence, the love and the value of Torah in such an enjoyable manner! You just can't help but learn from this movie. Of course I'm Jewish!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, if you like westerns. You would be suprised by this one. Very funny. The teaming up of Wilder and Ford was an interesting choice. If you like comedies then there is only a handfull of westerns that are good comedies. This is one of them. I saw it a long time ago and thought I would buy it and see it a lot more often.