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Head for cover! Don Knotts and Tim Conway are Wild West outlaws who can't hit the broad side of a barn -- but never miss when it comes to rounding up laughs! The hilarity begins when a roving bachelor (Bill Bixby) inherits three young orphans and a wealth of problems. When the youngsters stumble upon a huge golden nugget, they must fend off the greedy townspeople. So the kids join forces with the bumbling outlaws to stage a robbery of the gold. Little do they know a surly gang of sharpshooters plans to beat them to the draw! If you're aiming for fun, saddle up and head out with THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG!|When planning sets for the film, the designers decided three copies of the bank had to be built. One was indoors on a soundstage while two matching exteriors were built on the backlot, one of them roofless with burned beams exposed.|Location filming took place at the Tropico gold mine, in Rosamond, California, and in the Los Padres and Deschutes national forest in Oregon.|The pairing of Don Knotts and Tim Conway was so successful, it led to a 1979 sequel THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG RIDES AGAIN.|The story is based on the 1971 novel by Jack M. Bickham.|The movie inspired the TV pilot "Tales Of The Apple Dumpling Gang" in 1982, which led to the show "Gun Shy," which aired for one month in 1983.
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in other words, it's vintage disney -- from that era when disney actually created movies for CHILDREN, instead of attempting to entertain "the entire family" by introducing borderline material that most kids under the age of 10 (like my 8- and 5-year-old) have no business hearing.
the "villains" are silly, hapless caricatures of "bad guys," and while they do carry and shoot guns, it's very stooges-y slapsticky types of "violence." somewhere along the line, "modern parents" and pop culture collectively decided that silly armed villains are a bigger menace to society than children who say mean, hurtful, sarcastic things to each other, their parents, teachers and all other adults/authority figures.
frankly, movies like THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG are more than funny and entertaining; they possess a charm and innocence that children aren't allowed to have anymore, because america wants their children to grow up as soon as possible. unfortunately, on a social level, "growing up" too often means being disrespectful, negative, cynical and sarcastic at far too early an age.
don't mean to be on the soapbox, don't mean to be too old-fashioned, but this wonderful movie is more than just a fun two hours for the family...it's a reminder that maybe it's not such a bad idea to make childhood last a little longer than it seems to now.
worth every penny...just like the benji and original herbie movies. my kids love it!
But if you like absolute believability in movies, this one isn't in that category. It's just a fun, sit-back-and-laugh movie.
A couple of scenes are drawn out longer than they need to be. If they're too long for adults, they would be for lesser attention spans of children too, certainly. But there are only a couple. This movie is clean; it's back from the days when Disney knew what was appropriate for children and before children became their targets for highly objectionable political agendas.
Adult or child, many people will enjoy this sensibly clean, funny movie.
This movie works because of the cast; one of the characters is played by Slim Pickins for heaven sakes.
You can't make tuna salad without tuna, and they certainly had plenty of tuna.
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