The Frisco Kid

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Released 1979

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Director:
Robert Aldrich
Released:
1979
Rating:
PG
The Frisco Kid is a 1979 western comedy directed by Robert Aldrich (The Dirty Dozen). The film follows the story of Rabbi Avram, played by Gene Wilder (Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), and his mission to travel across country to San Francisco to take a new wife and become the Rabbi of a local synagogue. Completely unfamiliar with the ways of American and certainly the Wild West, Avram stumbles upon a wily bank robber named Tommy (Harrison Ford). Together they head west and find themselves on the run from ruthless outlaws and almost killed by Native Americans. Avram must find ways to deal and adapt his religious ways and morals to fit the new world of American culture. Easily frustrated, Tommy just can't seem to wrap his head around the laws to the Jewish faith. Their relationship is rocky at best, but through their hard times they come to realize that their friendship is priceless.

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  • 60

    Variety

    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 ...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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 mater...

  • 38

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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...

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