The Frisco Kid

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"This kosher cowboy hasn't got a prayer -- but plenty of laughs."
  • PG
  • 1979
  • 1 hr 54 min
  • 6.3  (11,445)
  • 38

The Frisco Kid is an adventurous comedy movie which was released in 1979. It stars Gene Wilder as Rabbi Avram Belinski, a Polish Jew who travels to America in the 1850s to become the rabbi of a San Francisco synagogue. Harrison Ford plays Tommy Lillard, a rough and tough cowboy who becomes Avram's new friend as they embark on a journey together.

The story starts with Rabbi Belinski arriving in America where he is taken advantage of immediately when his transportation leaves him in the middle of nowhere, with the exception of his prized possessions, a Torah and a prayer shawl. Alone and with no immediate help in sight, the Rabbi tries to navigate his way to San Francisco, but as he goes, he continually gets himself into dangerous situations.

Lillard comes to the rescue in one of these instances, shortly before stealing the Rabbi's horse. Rabbi Belinski tries to chase Lillard, but to no avail. Eventually, they cross paths in a town where a thief absconds with the Rabbi's prized possessions, and he persuades Lillard to help him get them back.

As the journey continues, the unlikely pair face many challenges that test their patience and resilience, which force them to work together despite their differences. Throughout, Rabbi Belinski manages to teach the cowboy a few things, and vice versa. The Rabbi is impressed with Lillard's ability to handle guns, and Lillard, in turn, is in constant awe of Rabbi's faith and determination. Their teamwork comes into play repeatedly; they help each other overcome the barriers they face, and as they go along their journey, they become friends.

The film is enhanced by the chemistry between the two main actors. Wilder projects a lovable and good-natured attitude in Rabbi Belinski, always hoping to maintain his faith and the Jewish traditions he values, while Ford plays the perfect anti-hero. It's a reversal of roles from their previous films, with Wilder now in the lead, and Ford in the supporting role.

The cinematography is excellent, especially in the scenes that show the vastness and stunning beauty of the Western landscape. The music, composed by Frank Comstock, is also noteworthy, and it perfectly complements the scenes and moods of the film.

The Jewish community is not a foreign topic in cinema, but The Frisco Kid offers a unique view of their faith struggles in the west. The Rabbi's story is told through a series of misadventures, yet it never loses touch with the charming and positive atmosphere. The movie, in some way, pays tribute to the immigrant experience that saw the European people coming to America, encountering different cultural lifestyles and finding ways to accommodate each other.

The Frisco Kid is suitable for all cinema-goers who enjoy a lighthearted film, filled with comedy and adventure. It addresses important themes like personal growth, overcoming obstacles, friendship, mutual respect, and cultural diversity. The film's message is valuable, and its punchlines make for a delightful, entertaining experience.

In conclusion, The Frisco Kid is an enjoyable film featuring two talented actors of Hollywood's golden era, Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford. The film offers a fun and unique take on the classic buddy comedy with its relatable characters, memorable storyline, and picturesque backdrop. The movie's charming visuals, theme, and endearing characters continue to entertain audiences to this day.

The Frisco Kid is a 1979 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 54 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3 and a MetaScore of 38.

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    1 hr 54 min
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    6.3  (11,445)
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