Frisco Kid, The (Sous-titres franais)
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Frisco Kid, The (DVD)
Gene Wilder takes his most unusual role, a naive 19th-century rabbi sent from his native Poland to the fledgling Jewish community in San Francisco, in this warm-hearted comic adventure. The trusting soul is easy prey for the con men and criminals who prey on the immigrants arriving in the Philadelphia port and the rabbi, beaten but unbowed, continues his trek West solo: broke, underequipped, and hopelessly lost. Harrison Ford, fresh from Star Wars, is the roguish outlaw who adopts the determined traveler and the two become unlikely friends as they make their way through one scrape after another. Wilder makes a sincere and sympathetic hero, his faith and courage seeing him through one crisis after another, and fresh-faced Ford makes an endearing scamp of a bank robber. The meandering adventure, overlong at two hours, takes its time as the duo traverses the gorgeous American countryside and end up in the bustling Barbary Coast San Francisco of the Gold Rush era. Legendary hard-edged action director Robert Aldrich (Kiss Me Deadly, The Dirty Dozen) brings a gentle touch and easygoing humor to this family-oriented adventure, but old habits die hard. While staying within PG parameters, Aldrich adds a little grit to the Old West fistfights and gunfights. --Sean Axmaker
It's 1850 and new rabbi Avram Belinski sets out from Philadelphia toward San Francisco. Cowpoke bandit Tom Lillard hasn't seen a rabbi before. But he knows when one needs a heap of help. And getting this tenderfoot to Frisco in one piece will cause a heap of trouble - with the law, Native Americans and a bunch of killers. Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford are one feisty team as rabbi and rescuer in this rough-'n'-ready romp that rivals Wilder's earlier Blazing Saddles in Wild West hilarity. Director Robert Aldrich is a seasoned hand at blending roughhouse and laughter, as fans of his earlier The Dirty Dozen and The Longest Yard will attest. With a full posse of screen talents, The Frisco Kid rides tall in the comedy saddle. Director: Robert Aldrich Starring: Gene Wilder, Harrison Ford, Ramon Bieri --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Robert Aldrich directed, and it shows. There are no slack moments here, and the respect and dignity he obtains from each performer is characteristic. Especially wonderful is the encounter between the Rabbi and Tom with the Indians. All ages can enjoy this movie -- each age will see a different perspective, perhaps, but there is nothing that has to be explained to the young ones because the movie tells the tale so well.
If you take the time to watch this show, however, you will find that it is a real treasure!
A young student at a rabbical in Poland is enamured with the American west. When he graduates he is given the assignment of his dreams...to take a copy of the Torah with him, sail to America, and lead the fledgling Jewish community in the "village of San Francisco." Where is that? he asks..."By New York."
The casting of Gene Wilder as the young rabbi, and Harrison Ford as a rough and tumble, carrousing, card playing, bank robber clicks.
The gullible young rabbi is fleeced as soon as he hits American soil, but he is still determined to recover what is his, and to make the cross-country journey to California. One thing leads to another, and the rabbi and cowboy meet up. The best parts of the movie are the conversations the rabbi has with himself, as if he were teaching himself.
From mishap to misadventure, this is a real "keeper."
I highly recommend this show...it rings authentic in many respects, and has truly funny parts in it. One of my favorite bits is when the rabbi will not ride his horse until the end of the Sabbath, even though there's a posse on their trail. You'll see one perturbed Harrison Ford in that scene.
5 stars through and through.
OK, this isn't highly sophisticated comedy. The Academy won't ever give an Oscar for it's drama. It is however, a well done film with good character development and besides, it's just plain fun.
My only complaint about this film is that The Frisco Kid isn't in DVD format yet. As soon as it is, I'm trading in my VHS copy.
Most recent customer reviews
One of the funniest comedies ever.
Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford really work well together
Its amazing that those actors did not have to use profanities to be funny . A generation is lost people today are only entertained by violence and sex .Published on Aug. 17 2013 by ARTHUR SKOK
This was an awesome movie! Totally funny in every sequence
Acting was great as was dialogue!
Cowboys and rabi's
Will always have a copy of this in my movie... Read more
Two totally different character (both are my best favoriteds) come together in a really funny and awkward situation. The solution
of the story really good and enjoyable. Read more
just a great old movie, Gene Wilder is wonderful in it and Harrison Ford is perfect as the guy who helps him get to California in one piecePublished on Jan. 15 2013 by hildy
We saw this movie several times, and loved it. We showed it to some friends last night, and sat back and laughed all over again. Love it.Published on Dec 27 2010 by sally brown
The Frisco Kid is one of Gene Wilder's more understated movies. I don't know how many people out there know about it unless your a big fan like myself. Read morePublished on July 25 2010 by Janine