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Jewish Film Festival – The Frisco Kid
April 4, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
THE FRISCO KID
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Feature, Comedy, Coming to America, Western Adventure, Jewish Traditions
English (Yiddish parts with subtitles)
The Frisco Kid showcases Gene Wilder at the height of his celebrity in one of his very best performances. Funny, touching, and celebrating the power of Jewish values, it’s rated #4 in the “List of 25 Essential Jewish Movies”. Innocent, trusting, and inexperienced Polish Rabbi Avram Belinski (Gene Wilder) is sent to America in the mid-1800s by his village to transport a Torah to a new San Francisco synagogue and become its first Rabbi. He lands in Philadelphia and sets out on his odyssey across the continent. Quickly robbed and deserted by a group of con artists, Avram optimistically continues alone into “the Wild West”. Along the way he is befriended and looked after by a compassionate horseman named Tommy (Harrison Ford). Unfortunately, Tommy may not be quite as heroic as he seems, and together they have many perilous, yet hilarious …