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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 ... 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 »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

1979 marketing for the film heavily emphasizes Gene Wilder's role in the film, with little marketing of Harrison Ford's supporting role, despite Ford having been in the blockbuster Star Wars two years earlier. When The Frisco Kid was released on DVD, the cover was a blow up of Ford's face, with Wilder relegated to a small corner of the cover. See more »

Goofs

After reaching the Coast of California, Avram and Tommy must travel a day-and-a-half North to reach San Francisco. In one of the next scenes they are shown riding with the ocean on their right-hand side. That would have had them riding South. See more »

Quotes

Tommy: What's the point of all my experience, if you don't listen to me?
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Waltz 'Gold and Silver'
Composed by Franz Lehár
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An overlooked cinematic comedy gem!
9 July 2000 | by Arthur-23See all my reviews

This is a great film. Gene Wilder plays an authentic Polish rabbi with a believable Yiddish accent in a buddy movie romp through the Wild West. Harrison Ford, in his pre-Indiana Jones incarnation, makes an effective side-kick. This is truly among Wilder's best roles. Robert Nurenberg's review couldn't have said it any better... except Wilder did not portray a rabbinical school dropout, though he was not likely the most outstanding pupil. He was a trained rabbi sent to America to assume a pulpit in San Francisco where he would marry the woman hand picked by a match-maker. What happens on the way from Poland to California is more than worth a single viewing! The Frisco Kid is a most enjoyable, insightful, and entertaining film. A well-deserved 10/10!


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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

Gross USA:

$9,346,177

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,346,177
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Company Credits

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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