Maybe it's old fashioned, but goodness is alive and well and in this movie. Coupled with a believable plot and natural humor, this is my all time favorite. Gene Wilder is wonderful. His facial expressions alone deserve an award. As Rabbi Avram Belinski, his innocence, his spirit and determination are the anchor for much of the humor. Enter a young Harrison Ford, who, as Tom, despite being a bandit, has an innocence of his own. In spite of himself, he helps the Rabbi make his way across the frontier West. But this is no namby-pamby goody-goody movie. There are killers on their trail, Indians, and -- thanks to Tom -- the law, and the elements the Rabbi and Tom must contend with.
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.