The Frisco Kid
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Harrison Ford and Gene Wilder star as a taciturn gunslinger and a clueless immigrant rabbi traveling across the Wild West in the comic adventures of The Frisco Kid.Ranked 87th out of 88 in his rabbinical class, Avram Belinski (Wilder--Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein) accepts a posting to Gold Rush-era San Francisco. Speaking little English but following a leading from God, the young rabbi sets out from Philadelphia for San Francisco, believing his destination to be a short walk. Along the way he befriends bank robber Tommy Lillard (Ford--Indiana Jones films, Star Wars films). Now, as this mismatched pair crosses the frontier, the Old West will never be the same.]]>
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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 dreams...to 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 show...it 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.
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.
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.
It's one funny movie, good clean fun and that's something you don't see in the movies any longer.
Gene Wilder is Rabbi Avram Belinsky, a Polish rabbi chosen to head a new congregation in San Francisco in 1850. I find this fascinating in itself due to my deep love of the general subject of Jews in America at that time, and I strongly recommend a deeply serious book called The First Rabbi: Origins of Conflict Between Orthodox and Reform : Jewish Polemic Warfare in Pre-Civil War America : A Biographical History. But this is not that deep, historically accurate subject; it is a comedy that is fun, happens to be deep and is highly representational.
The modern audience cannot really appreciate what this film meant when it was new. Harrison Ford (Tommy Lillard, the bank robber and, eventually, the rabbi's best friend) was practically a kid here. It seems the film has no meaning for most people beyond that. Yet it addressed serious issues, such as the general treatment of the Jews - illustrated by Rabbi Belinsky's perpetual 'bad luck' - and the fact that the Lord is really with him at all times. Something, incidentally, that the rabbi never doubts except briefly at the end.
I will not spoil this further in any way.Read more ›
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this is one of ten funniest films of all time, along with The dream team and back to school.Published 3 days ago by AMA
This is an excellent western that combines both comedic and dramatic elements. Sometimes, admittedly, it can be a bit jarring when they jump between the two but does not take away... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Phyl
Although not Jewish, I was raised in a section of Los Angeles with three temples near by. If you understand basic Yiddish slang, it's a very funny movie.Published 15 days ago by simicpa
I got this for my dad for Father's Day. He loves this movie and so do IPublished 29 days ago by John M.
Its 1979 and out comes The Frisco Kid.. two years after Star Wars was released.. Harrison Ford plays the Renegade / Outlaw cowboy, who finds friendship with a rabbi, Gene... Read morePublished 1 month ago by johnny D
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