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There is dual star power at the helm of Robert Aldrich’s The Frisco Kid, but despite the best efforts of Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford to liven up an overlong comedy-drama set in the pre-Civil War Old West, their combined energies only produce average and wildly uneven results.



The Frisco Kid (1979)



Released: 13 Jul 1979
Rated: PG
Runtime: 119 min




Director: Robert Aldrich
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama



Cast: Gene Wilder, Harrison Ford, Ramon Bieri
Writer(s): Michael Elias, Frank Shaw



Plot: A Polish rabbi wanders through the Old West on his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco. On the way, he is nearly burned at the stake by Native Americans and almost killed by outlaws.



IMDB rating: 6.3
MetaScore: 38





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jim_falconer

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Wish ‘Start The Revolution Without Me’ could find its way to a high-def release. Gene Wilder was great in that film
 

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Bad script, wrong director. What a disappointment this was in just about every way.
I had a better reaction than you. Yes, terrible script, not a lot they could do with it, but I thought Aldrich's direction was very good, considering. It made the execrable almost entertaining, and watchable, for me anyway. Visually, I thought the film was interestingly staged. And I liked the photography. It could have been a lot worse. For instance, have you seen RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE? Not that I would ever see this again. But clearly, there must be a fan base for this. Otherwise, why would WA release it?
 

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There's a fan base for every piece of junk made in the 1980s - they saw this as young kids so they LOVE it. Im just waiting for them to announce the musical version.
 

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There's a fan base for every piece of junk made in the 1980s - they saw this as young kids so they LOVE it.
I'd go so far as saying there's a fan base for every piece of junk made ..... period! I'm not being judgmental. I've got my share of trash that I love. Still, an inordinately high amount of horrible 80s (a lousy decade for cinema, imo) movies seem to have a rabid fanbase.
 

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There's a fan base for every piece of junk made in the 1980s - they saw this as young kids so they LOVE it. Im just waiting for them to announce the musical version.
I remember them showing this at Hebrew school. As a die hard Harrison Ford fan who didn't know about this movie I was underwhelmed. I've still never been able to sit through it. I'm glad to hear it's not just me.
 

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Bad script, wrong director. What a disappointment this was in just about every way.
Disclaimer: I've never seen this film but I thought - The same guy that directed KISS ME DEADLY and THE DIRTY DOZEN made this. In a million years I'd never be able to connect those dots. But ultimately Aldrich defies categorization. Maybe they were hoping for the unique comedic touch he brought to THE LONGEST YARD (where is that on blu-ray btw?) TLY works so damn well because of Aldrich's singular style, casting chops and irreverent POV. It could have been ineptly directed by any number of hacks working then but Aldrich elevated it brilliantly. I'll give it a shot and report back.
 

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What is it with this film? It was a disaster at the box office opening and closing quickly. Critics and members here are derisive of it. Why then did so many of us love and watch and re watch it? Maybe we are junk lovers but the camaraderie between these two A list actors in their prime, and the guiding hand of a top director, in our book rated it an A. And then ... why on earth did Warner give this "failure" & poorly considered film a Blu Ray upgrade when they continue to lock up hundreds of A grade "hits"? I'm one happy buyer however and cant wait to watch "Frisco" again!
 

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Still, an inordinately high amount of horrible 80s (a lousy decade for cinema, imo) movies seem to have a rabid fanbase.
As someone who grew up in that decade, I rewatched a number of 80's 'classics' when I was older and was shocked at how terrible some of them were.


(I don't want to name any of the movies and hurt anyone's feelings so for anyone reading this, I'm not talking about any of the movies that you like :) )
 

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As someone who grew up in that decade, I rewatched a number of 80's 'classics' when I was older and was shocked at how terrible some of them were.


(I don't want to name any of the movies and hurt anyone's feelings so for anyone reading this, I'm not talking about any of the movies that you like :) )
Don’t be badmouthing Flashdance or Footloose.:laugh:
 

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I saw St. Elmo’s Fire when it first came out, and thought it was amazing. I rewatched it a few months ago, and oh boy…horrible 😄
 

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Don’t be badmouthing Flashdance or Footloose.:laugh:
But most of us knew Flashdance was junk when it was released but liked it anyway. I offer no defense for it except Jennifer Beals was hot and the Giorgio Moroder score was hard to resist. But yeah, it was pretty corny. As for Footloose ..... Kevin Bacon wasn't as cute as Beals and the music wasn't so great and if Flashdance was corn, Footloose was tripe (no Menudo for me, thank you!).
 

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But most of us knew Flashdance was junk when it was released but liked it anyway. I offer no defense for it except Jennifer Beals was hot and the Giorgio Moroder score was hard to resist. But yeah, it was pretty corny. As for Footloose ..... Kevin Bacon wasn't as cute as Beals and the music wasn't so great and if Flashdance was corn, Footloose was tripe (no Menudo for me, thank you!).
Hey, I like both movies so shoot me!
 

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Hey, I like both movies so shoot me!
Bring out the firing squad! :D Seriously though, if one likes a movie, one needs no defense. We like (or dislike what we like). This is coming from someone who adores the 1973 musical version of Lost Horizon and would rather watch Grease 2 than Grease.
 

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What is it with this film? It was a disaster at the box office opening and closing quickly. Critics and members here are derisive of it. Why then did so many of us love and watch and re watch it? Maybe we are junk lovers but the camaraderie between these two A list actors in their prime, and the guiding hand of a top director, in our book rated it an A. And then ... why on earth did Warner give this "failure" & poorly considered film a Blu Ray upgrade when they continue to lock up hundreds of A grade "hits"? I'm one happy buyer however and cant wait to watch "Frisco" again!
How old were you when you first saw it.
 

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