The Frisco Kid (1979)
The greatest cowboy ever to ride into the Wild West. From Poland.
IMDb Rating 6.1 (2,915 votes)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Harrison Ford Tommy Lillard
Gene Wilder Avram Belinski
George DiCenzo Darryl Diggs
Leo Fuchs Chief rabbi
William Smith Matt Diggs
Ramon Bieri Mr. Jones
Val Bisoglio Chief Gray Cloud
Penny Peyser Rosalie Bender
Jack Somack Samuel Bender
Beege Barkette Sarah Mindl Bender
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
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Western
Warner Bros.
Movie Release Date 7/13/1979
Country   USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 121 mins
Color Color
Features Theatrical Trailer
Director Robert Aldrich
Writer Michael Elias; Frank Shaw
Cinematography Robert B. Hauser
Producer Mace Neufeld; Mel Dellar; Hawk Koch
User Credit 1 Jack Horger; Irving Rosenblum
Musician Frank De Vol
Edition Details
Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Format DVD
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
Barcode 012569734036
Release Date 2/14/2006
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 487
Collection Status In Collection
Tags Jewish, Jewish Humor, Rabbi, Wild West
Loan Details
Loaned To Mark and Jan
Loan Date 12/9/2008
Overdue No
Also Known As:
No Knife

Filming Locations:
Colorado, USA (more)

According to Gene Wilder's autobiography, John Wayne was offered the part that was eventually played by Harrison Ford. The Duke loved the role and was willing to star with Wilder. However an agent tried to offer Wayne less than his usual fee and the legendary actor turned the film down. (more)

Anachronisms: The movie takes place in 1850. Tommy Lillard holds up a Wells Fargo office in a frontier town; Wells Fargo wasn't founded until 1852. (more)

[to Tommy]
Chief Gray Cloud: You, you have a big heart. Not so big as your mouth, but...

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