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The Frisco Kid (2006)

Harrison Ford , Gene Wilder , Robert Aldrich  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Gene Wilder, William Smith
  • Directors: Robert Aldrich
  • Producers: Jr. Howard W. Koch
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BYA4J2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Frisco Kid" on IMDb

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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

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
"The Frisco Kid" didn't do much at all at the box office when it came out. The movie-going world was still reeling from the impact of the previous year's offering of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and a western comedy just didn't have the drawing power.
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 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 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.
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My all-time favorite Jewish comedy! August 3, 1999
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This is one of the few films where an Orthodox rabbi isportrayed as a real human being with some depth to him instead of justa stereotype. It's a comedy, yes -- but so much more than a comedy. This film shows us REAL Jewish values -- honesty, devotion, compassion, trust in God, and of course, a sense of humor. I absolutely LOVE this film!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Gem February 17, 2006
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"The Frisco Kid" has never gotten a lot of acclaim, and over the years, has been pretty thoroughly neglected, but this is an absolute gem of a movie; it's been on my short list of all-time favorite movies since the first time I saw it, and I like it better every time I see it.

Of course, the humor of the main story line involves the various incongruities of a Polish rabbi traveling in the Old West (the classic "American-journey" theme line), and his unlikely friendship with a cowboy-outlaw (with the requisite heart of gold). But woven throughout the film are themes of integrity, loyalty, and courage that give the film depth far beyond first appearances. I found myself actually being inspired as, over and over, in ways large and small, Avram conducted himself as being accountable to something (Someone?) greater than himself. And his dialogue with Tom near the end contains a profound and thought-provoking twist.

Like other reviewers, I am grateful to finally have "The Frisco Kid" available on DVD. This is a wonderful movie that deserves to be better-known.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD ??? January 26, 2004
By Draac
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If anyone is listening out there PUT THIS ON DVD PLEASE ?
It's one funny movie, good clean fun and that's something you don't see in the movies any longer.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frisco Kid is a delight! August 21, 2002
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This film is a feel-good crowd pleaser! Gene Wilder is superb in his portrayal of a non-worldly, brand new Polish Rabbi shipped off to America and the Wild West. Hidden within the comedic role of the Rabbi is a man of devote faith and sensitivity. Harrison Ford, the cowboy, fills the role of "straight man" to Wilder's top banana presentation. The two make a great team as they travel from New York to San Francisco through the West of the early 1800's.
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodness! What a movie! August 10, 2001
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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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY! December 2, 1999
By A Customer
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Gene Wilder turns in a hysterical tour de force performance as a bumbling rabbi trying to make his way to San Francisco in the 1850's. Of coarse, he needs a little help from Harrison Ford, who proves he's no slouch at comedy as Wilder's outlaw buddy. Director Robert Aldrich provides us with enough cute humor to make this a family film, but just enough depth and violence to keep adults from feeling it's to sappy (no small feat). If you look behind the laughs, this is a very moving story about a man staying true to his roots despite the obstacles he faces. And if you can't see behind the laughs, they should be enough to keep you entertained anyway.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rabbi Lost and Found in America
There are many films about immigrants discovering America and what makes it special. This film is one of the very best of this kind. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Philip J. Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars No more vhs.....
Just what I wanted.... no more vhs. I bought two to send one to my brother in law. Good buy.
Published 20 days ago by matt howell
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it
I am a huge fan of Gene Wilder. I saw him interviewed and this movie was mentioned. I said to myself, "a movie with Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford that I haven't ever heard... Read more
Published 21 days ago by PorcoBoyo
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. Gene Wilder yes, movie no.
While Gene Wilder's acting was superb as always, this was a very disappointing movie. The plot was very thin, and there was only one scene that was really funny. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Kathleen A. B. Cote
5.0 out of 5 stars loves this movie
this is one of the best movies you can just back and watch, See the humor in the old west as it could have been.
Published 26 days ago by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but Goodie
Great comedy and I believe Harrison Fords first movie. A must have for your libery for those comedy and Ford lovers every where.
Published 1 month ago by Carol Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars VHS movie
A good vs evil tale with some hilarious moments. Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford play well together in an unforgettable classic.
Published 1 month ago by Suzanne Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
I had the VHS before and had not seen this movie in years. DVD quality was excellent, and the movie was better than I remembered. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ramin
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical!
I love Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford, and this movie will always be one of my favorites. If you like comedy, good writing, clever acting, you will love this movie!!
Published 1 month ago by Kaleb913
5.0 out of 5 stars just a good old movie
Harrison Ford and Gene Wilder a great combination. Watched this movie about 35 years ago and stumbled across it on Amazon real happy I did Great movie good laughs.
Published 1 month ago by joeb
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