Frisco Kid, The (1979): Robert Aldrich’s Western Comedy, Starring Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford

Robert Aldrich directed The Frisco Kid, a western comedy starring Gene Wilder as Avram Belinski, a Polish rabbi traveling to San Francisco, and Harrison Ford as a bank robber who befriends him.

The Frisco Kid
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Theatrical release poster

Newly graduated at the bottom of his class from the yeshiva, Rabbi Avram Belinski (Wilder) arrives in Philadelphia from Poland on his way to San Francisco to become the congregation’s new rabbi.

Belinski, an innocent, trusting, and inexperienced traveler, falls in with three con men, the brothers Matt and Darryl Diggs and their partner Mr. Jones, who trick him into helping pay for a wagon and supplies, then brutally rob him and leave him and his belongings scattered along a deserted road in Pennsylvania.