Frisco Kid

Directed By: Robert Aldrich Starring: Gene Wilder

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The Frisco Kid: Gene Wilder at his absolute Best !

by MJJinBNA on 8/23/2006

The Frisco Kid is certainly the best of Gene Wilder. Every famous nuance that he's exhibited in his other films all come together in this movie classic. Our family has liked it so much that we wore out our original VHS film and have been anxiously waiting the release on DVD. The movie combines plot, thought, humor, and action as the interaction of these two unlikely co-stars actually combine to take the audience to an entirely new level in family films. The ending provides an unexpected twist and the dialogue between the two has given our family excerpts to quip for over 20 years. One caution: there apparently were two different releases in the VHS mode. There was no swearing in the first VHS we had, but we were shocked ... and disappointed ... at the profuse amount of unnecessary language from Harrison Ford when we bought our second one. So you might want to preview your copy before letting the kids see it. Great film. Lots of fun. And from our perspective, Gene Wilder at his very best.

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Forgotten Gem

on 12/29/2012

This is one of the few films where an Orthodox rabbi isportrayed as a real human being with some depth to him instead of justa stereotype. It's a comedy, yes -- but so much more than a comedy. This film shows us REAL Jewish values -- honesty, devotion, compassion, trust in God, and of course, a sense of humor. I absolutely LOVE this film!

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In this offbeat western comedy, a polish rabbi and a soft-hearted outlaw battle their way through gunmen and indians to reach san francisco.


Studio Warner
SKU 202062453
UPC 012569734036
UPC 14 00012569734036
Format DVD
Release Date 2/14/2006
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In Robert Aldrich's hysterical comedic Western THE FRISCO KID, a sweetly innocent Polish rabbi, Avram Belinsky (Gene Wilder), travels through 1850s America toward his new congregation and wife in San Francisco. Along the way, he forms an uneasy alliance with an inept bank robber, Tommy (Harrison Ford). As Avram teaches Tommy about the Torah, Tommy instructs Avram on how to handle a gun, and the two cut a meandering, pratfall-filled path across the wild West, encountering Indians, settlers, and merciless outlaws. Aldrich (TOO LATE THE HERO, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?), a master of the penetrating psychodrama, the rousing war saga, and the icy, violent noir, here slips the standard Western concoction a dizzying, hilarious mickey of slapstick humor with his two feckless protagonists, played with gusto and perfect timing by Wilder and Ford.
Robert Aldrich
Gene Wilder
Cast & Crew
Frank De Vol - Original Music By
Gene Wilder - Actor
Harrison Ford - Actor
Howard W. Koch, Jr. - Executive Producer
Jack Horger, et. al. - Editor
Mace Neufeld, et. al. - Producer
Michael Elias, et. al. - Writer
Ramon Bieri - Actor
Robert Aldrich - Director
Robert B. Hauser - Cinematographer
Terence Marsh - Production Designer
Val Bisoglio - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1979
Catalog ID 73403
UPC 00012569734036
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 119 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...what it doesn't have is a consistent comic logic to lead us through its Western smorgasbord. The movie's director is Robert Aldrich, who is one of Hollywood's most consistent craftsmen and who, theoretically, should have been ideal for this material: He's made a semi-speciality out of action-oriented semi-comedies about bands of men (his credits include The Dirty Dozen and The Longest Yard as well as the unsuccessful The Choirboys).
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 5
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Wilder,Gene
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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