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Release Date: November 22nd, 2003

DVD Release Date: February 14th, 2006

PG|2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary
Rabbi Avram Belinsky (Gene Wilder) lands in Philadelphia intending to travel to San Francisco, where he plans on starting a synagogue. Quickly relieved of his belongings by a group of con artists, Avram optimistically sets out alone on foot toward the Wild West. He gets into one scrape after another until he is rescued, in a way, by a compassionate horseman named Tommy Lillard (Harrison Ford). Unfortunately, Tommy may not be quite as heroic as he seems, and it is still a long way to California.

Cast: Gene Wilder, Harrison Ford, Ramon Bieri, Val Bisoglio, George Di Cenzo, Leo Fuchs, Penny Peyser, William Smith

Director: Robert Aldrich

Genres: Comedy, Western

Production Co: Warner Brothers/Seven Arts

Keywords: Friendship, Witty, Underdog, Hilarious, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The Frisco Kid, billed as a comedy, is about a gentle Polish rabbi of 1850 who is instructed to cross America and become spiritual leader of an eagerly awaiting congregation in San Francisco. But the movie is propelled more by violence - in action, in dialogue and in editing - than by humor. No wonder there are so few good kosher westerns. [24 July 1979]

  • The Frisco Kid has a certain softness at its center. The Wilder character has a sweetness, a niceness, that's interesting for the character but doesn't seem to work with this material. It's really nobody's movie. The screenplay has been around Hollywood for several years, and Aldrich seems to have taken it on as a routine assignment. show more

  • Director Robert Aldrich has always adroitly mixed comedic and dramatic aspects in his films, and Frisco Kid is no exception. For audiences expecting Mel Brooks belly-laughs amidst the Yiddishisms, however, there’s bound to be disappointment. show more

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