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The Frisco Kid (1979)


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Robert Aldrich returns to the western-spoof genre he'd previously explored in Four for Texas with The Frisco Kid. Gene Wilder plays Polish rabbi Avram Belinsky, who intends to set up a congregation in San Francisco. Eminently unsuited for life in the Old West, poor Avram is victimized by everyone with whom he comes in contact. Salvation arrives in the unlikely form of taciturn bank robber Tommy (Harrison Ford). Incredibly, Tommy takes a liking to the feckless Avram, and together the two men


Western, Comedy

Michael Elias, Frank Shaw

Feb 14, 2006

Warner Home Video

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The Frisco Kid is, all pratfalls and tuchus jokes aside, the quintessential "Torah "movie.

December 1, 2009 Full Review Source:

Absurd Western spoof, that relies almost solely on its ethnic brand of humor to get over.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Aldrich was a man's man director; he could direct black comedy, but he had no idea how to handle the straightforward, earnest brand on display here.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Aldrich's film is a timeless classic with a bevy of super performances.

March 3, 2006

The Frisco Kid made me laugh several times and smile often... I'd say that makes it at least a mildly successful film and a fairly enjoyable one, too.

February 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Robert Aldrich's penultimate film is an easygoing work of some considerable charm that relies far too much on ethnic humor to sit quite as comfortably as it might like.

June 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Cute but forgettable Western comedy.

February 17, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Ethnic comedy-western with good Wilder-Ford chemistry

October 23, 2004

The Frisco Kid works thanks to Gene Wilder's jaunty, sweet and convincing triumph of comic bravado.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Funny, it's not. Sometimes stereotypically offensive, it is.

November 29, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for The Frisco Kid

So what do you think? Harrison Ford and Gene Wilder? good action flick combination? good 'Indy/Star Wars' mixed with the Mel Brooks regular? haha well I didn't believe it either but this is the first time I heard that these classic stars were teamed together in a flick, talk about unusual double team!

This is your charming gentle and good natured Wilder film with plenty of silly laughs and visual gags plus allot of heart with a nice happy ending to make you feel good :)
I can't really say anything bad about this film as it doesn't take itself seriously and is so good natured, just like Wilder himself, it just makes you smile. Wilder the Polish Rabbi and Indy err I mean Ford is the dashing scoundrel of a bank robber who are both pitted together on a trip to Californian in the old west whilst avoiding the law. The plot is very similar to other films with Wilder as again he is wrongly accused/mistaken for a crime he didn't commit in this film and thus allot of wide eyed lunacy occurs hehe

Can't go wrong with Gene Wilder you really can't, yes the film is soppy but its just classic golden comedy from a master.
May 15, 2011

Super Reviewer

This isn't a very well known comedy, but it's very funny and it was interesting to see Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford working together in a movie. If you like either of them, I recommend seeing this movie, it's fun.
January 7, 2011

Super Reviewer

An okay western, but funny of a feisty team - rabbi (Gene Wilder) and bank robber (my favourite idol, Harrison Ford).
August 26, 2007
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

A great comedy Western with a funny Rabbi (Gene Wilder) seeking the protection of an gunslinging outlaw (Harrison Ford), for a journey from Philadelphia to San Francisco. They run into lots of perils and adventures along the scenic way. A great unlikely buddy picture in the grizzled west.
July 8, 2007

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