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Flim Flam Man [VHS] (1967)

George C. Scott , Sue Lyon , Irvin Kershner  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George C. Scott, Sue Lyon, Harry Morgan, Jack Albertson, Alice Ghostley
  • Directors: Irvin Kershner
  • Writers: Guy Owen, William Rose
  • Producers: Lawrence Turman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
  • VHS Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301801725
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,988 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Mordrcai Jones (George C. Scott) is a rural con artist (a 'flim flam man') who takes on a young army deserter Curley (Michael Sarrazin) as his protégé and teaches him the tricks of the trade. Sheriff Slade (Harry Morgan) is in hot pursuit of the pair and rich girl Bonnie Lee Packard (Sue Lyon) becomes romantically involved with Curley and helps the fleeing duo stay one step ahead of the sheriff. The film features a great automobile chase scene for those who appreciate this kind of cinema hijinks. Screenplay by William Rose ("It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World").

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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great comedic discovery..... September 13, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Not too many people have heard of the 1967 film "The Flim Flam Man," and that's too bad for them. I have owned this lovely valentine of a movie for several years, and have always appreciated its comedic/dramatic allure. Everything clicks perfectly in this old fashioned film, from its authentic locations (this movie was filmed in small town Kentucky) to a wonderful musical score by Jerry Goldsmith.
I love George C. Scott's rip-snorting performance as a train-hopping con-man whose legend precedes him. He literally stumbles upon a military AWOL drifter in Michael Sarrazin, and the unlikely pair join forces to make a little cash. Camping in abandoned railroad cars, hiking cross country and stealing a car or two, this colorful pair eventually has the county police hot on their tails. Along the way, Sarrazin falls in love with the mayor's daughter, Slim Pickens loses his paycheck (great scene) and Scott samples a bit of the local moonshine.
"The Flim Flam Man" is aided by a cast of extraordinary character actors, including Harry Morgan, Jack Albertson, Strother Martin, Albert Salmi and Pickens. Morgan, as the local sheriff, is especially funny in a grand slapstick role. But director Irvin Kershner has done an excellent job in balancing comedy, drama and romance with skilled ease. It's the quieter moments in "The Flim Flam Man" that I truly admire, such as the scene when Scott reminisces about the purple-eyed girl he once loved in Missouri, or when Sarrazin discusses his dreams of the future with Sue Lyon.
This is such a charming movie, that each time I watch it I'm sad to see it end.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American masterpiece, at last on DVD! August 26, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Hats off to Screen Archives Entertainment for re-releasing this long unavailable masterpiece on DVD. Condolences to vendors selling old VHS tapes of The Flim-Flam Man for $100+.

The Flim-Flam Man will make you laugh out loud (guaranteed), and it will touch your heart via a great story, great acting, and very fitting music. George C. Scott was said to have called this his favorite role. I can see why.

One of the 100 greatest movies ever made, the Flim-Flam Man will be one of your favorites.

This is NOT a bootleg DVD burned from a tape. It is a pristine, wide-screen, presentation!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mordecai! October 30, 2002
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
The sad truth is you will be very, very lucky to find this movie on TV, and unless you know a store that has a copy on VHS you are destined to miss one of George C. Scott's finest performances. Most people know Scott for his portrayal of Patton. His portrayal of Mordecai Jones although less honorable is far more funny. To my knowledge Scott did not play but perhaps in two other comedies, Dr. Strangelove which he did a memorable job, and "They Might Be Giants", which was more cerebral. This is the funniest and lightest. Great fun for the whole family. Good support from Michael Sarrazin, Sue Lyon, Harry Morgan, Slim Pickens, and the rest the cast. Some Keystone Cop type chases are funny along with the preachings of Morticai about the dishonesty of man to his new protege Curley. This is a beautiful film with some wonderful scenes of what a small rural town was like in the early to mid 1960s. Hopefully this will come out on DVD since in my humble opinion it is one of Scott's greatest performances. It frustrates me that so many comedies that are out on DVD lack humor and believe it funny to trash people, and this exceptional comedy is not available yet.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forget Patton - give me Mordecai! June 19, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
As loveable rogue Mordecai Jones, George C. Scott endures bad community theatre make-up and inhales acres of gorgeous Southern scenery in this picaresque crowd-pleaser about a veteran con-man and his reluctant apprentice (Michael Sarrazin). Three years shy of the career-defining "Patton," Scott clearly relished the chance to let his hair down amid "Flim-Flam Man's" feel-good flood of chicanery, slapstick and car chases (this one has a couple of beauts). Sarrazin, a good actor who unfortunately never found his big break-out role, is fine as Curley, an Army deserter whose talent for larceny is undermined by a stubborn streak of honesty. Flaxen-haired beauty Sue Lyon, who epitomized, in the Sixties, the image of the girl you wished lived next door, is wholesomely alluring as Sarazzin's love interest. Rounding out the cast is a dizzying assemblage of fun character actors - Harry Morgan, Strother Martin, Alice Ghostley, Slim Pickens, Jack Albertson, Albert Salmi - whose presence makes for a lively game of "Name That Second Banana."
An unassuming curio from the same year (1967) as the iconoclastic "Bonnie and Clyde," "The Flim-Flam Man" is good-looking, well-acted, imaginatively directed (by Irvin Kershner, who later skippered "The Empire Strikes Back"), and wildly successful at its sole purpose: to entertain. Hollywood used to excel at this brand of lightsome fare. Today, hopelessly vulgarized and dumbed-down, and hell-bent on dragging the audience down to its level, Tinseltown wouldn't know where to begin to make a flick like this. That's everybody's loss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mordecai Jones, MBSCSDD & BOTB (Master of Back Stabbin', Cork Screwin...
In the spring of 1967 a well-done sci-fi movie opened in theaters that (at the time) still ran a double-feature. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert C Earl
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Classic!
Great acting, dialogue, action, and direction. The story is so good and the plot development was second to none as being in line with the colorful flavor of how the theme was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by William R. Melich
4.0 out of 5 stars An Action Packed and Raucous Comedy
This movie is George C. Scott at his comedic best. A great supporting staff, which includes Michael Sarrazin; Sue Lyon; Harry Morgan; Alice Ghostley; Jack Albertson; and Albert... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David C. McMunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great movie. It really made my day to see this movie with my dad as he keep saying it was how he got his nickname. The VHS was in great shape and still playing multiple times
Published 5 months ago by T. Bolen
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST
This was a Christmas gift for my son. I bought it early because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get it later. Read more
Published 8 months ago by sc girl
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
star studed movie a lot of fun watching I would recommend this movie to everyone a must see film 2 thumbs up
Published 8 months ago by robert perry
5.0 out of 5 stars a gem
This is George C. Scot at the top of his game...saw this when it first came out and never forgot it..seems forgotten by most but I believe it is an American classic..
Published 8 months ago by lebowski52
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old Movie
Enjoyed a great old movie starring George C. Scott. The DVD cover needs to be redone. It doesn't seem to fit the movie very well.
Published 10 months ago by Investor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie from the Good Ole Days
Some really nice, clean Family Entertainment. Something for everyone to enjoy.
George C Scott plays the part perfectly. Great Cast
Published 13 months ago by Simon Zubras
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Show with a good heart
George C. Scott plays a con-artist who enlists the help of a young many. Both head on a fun adventure to personal growth. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Browne
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