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Bank Shot (1974)

Bank Shot (1974)

Bank Shot





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This crime-caper film from director Gower Champion stars George C. Scott as a visionary thief. He doesn't merely intend to rob a bank; his plan is to steal the whole bank. This is accomplished by lifting the structure with house-moving machinery in the dead of night, then painting it pink and squirreling it away in a trailer park. The Bank Shot was based on a novel by Donald E. Westlake who also wrote the book that became 1972's The Hot Rock.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Wendell Mayes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 18, 2003
United Artists


George C. Scott
as Walter Upjohn Ballen...
Sorrell Booke
as Al G. Karp
G. Wood
as Andrew Constable
Harvey J. Goldenberg
as 1st policeman
Clifton James
as Frank "Bulldog" Stei...
Bob Balaban
as Victor Karp
Frank McRae
as Herman X
Don Calfa
as Stosh Gornik
Hank Stohl
as Johnson
Liam Dunn
as Painter
Jack Riley
as Jackson
Patrick J. Zurica
as Man in Privy
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Critic Reviews for Bank Shot

All Critics (1) | Top Critics (1)

The best thing about the film is Harry Stradling Jr.'s super photography - but that's scarcely enticement to see a really minor Scott vehicle.

Full Review… | March 23, 2010
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Bank Shot

A hilarious bank robbing movie, it's sort of slapstick too. This movie is really fun, I recommend it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


In "Bank Shot," Al G. Carp(Sorrell Booke) visits his friend Walter Ballentine(George C. Scott) in prison with a plan for a bank robbery. In return, Ballentine is so impressed with the plan that he pulls off a daring escape the following day with a little help from Eleonora(Joanna Cassidy). Once in Los Angeles, they are joined by Carp's nephew Victor(Bob Balaban, incredibly young), formerly of the FBI, where Ballentine decides that the best way to rob the bank is to steal the entire building.

"Bank Shot" is an often amusing piece of nonsense, that succeeds best when it does not try so hard, crossing the line from the silly to the absurd. I suppose most people would make George C. Scott the straight man here with such a motley circus of characters but Ballentine is as much a nut, no matter how seriously he takes his job; so it works, along with a few masterful shot compositions. In any case, the movie made me laugh and that's the important thing, right?

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


I enjoyed this movie regardless of some of the negative things said about it.Scott definetely holds it up it wouldnt be nearly as good without him.

Anthony Carpenter

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