Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The Frisco Kid starring Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford is one of our all-time favorite funny movies.
It has a few great Jewish film moments, and today we're sharing one of the best.
In the film Wilder plays Rabbi Avram Belinski, an underachiever in his rabbinical school in Poland. He is dispatched to America to become the new rabbi of a congregation in San Francisco. He has with him a Torah scroll for the San Francisco synagogue.
Belinski, an innocent, trusting, and inexperienced traveler, falls in with three con men who trick him into helping pay for a wagon and supplies to go west, then brutally rob him and leave him and most of his belongings scattered along a deserted road in Pennsylvania.
He makes his way across a field where he spots a group of farmers wearing black hats and black clothing, similar to the clothing worn in his Polish homeland. Assuming that he has come across a group of Jewish landsmen, he embraces them. Then the fun begins. He tries to speak to them in Yiddish, but they are Pennsylvania Amish. The realization that he has made a big mistake is one of the funniest Jewish film moments.
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