The Frisco Kid
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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 embark on a series of seriocomic adventures.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Frisco Kid is, all pratfalls and tuchus jokes aside, the quintessential "Torah "movie."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"Aldrich's film is a timeless classic with a bevy of super performances."
‑ Clint Morris, Mediasharx
"Cute but forgettable Western comedy."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Funny, it's not. Sometimes stereotypically offensive, it is."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Absurd Western spoof, that relies almost solely on its ethnic brand of humor to get over."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Ethnic comedy-western with good Wilder-Ford chemistry"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The Frisco Kid works thanks to Gene Wilder's jaunty, sweet and convincing triumph of comic bravado."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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