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The Great Bank Robbery (1969)

Three separate plans to rob a top-security bank in the western town of Friendly, Texas, circa 1880.

Director:

Hy Averback

Writers:

William Peter Blatty (screenplay), Frank O'Rourke (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zero Mostel ... Rev. Pious Blue
Kim Novak ... Sister Lyda Kebanov - Forger
Clint Walker ... Ranger Ben Quick
Claude Akins ... Slade
Akim Tamiroff ... Papa - Juan's Father
Larry Storch ... Juan
John Anderson ... Mayor Kincaid
Sam Jaffe ... Brother Lilac Bailey - Art Forger
Mako ... Secret Agent Fong
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Jeb (as Elisha Cook)
Ruth Warrick ... Mrs. Applebee
John Fiedler ... Brother Dismas Ostracorn - Explosives
John Larch ... Sheriff of Friendly
Peter Whitney ... Brother Jordan Cass - Tunneling
Norman Alden ... The Great Gregory - Balloonist
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Storyline

Lyda Kabanov and her assortment of buddies pose as leaders of the only church in Friendly, Texas, their intention being to rob the fortress-like bank built by the Brothers James, Dalton, and Younger to house their ill-gotten gold. Arriving in town on dust-covered feet, Lyda is introduced by phony evangelist Pious Blue as "my cousin" and she promptly opens her dress and displays her voluptuous charms. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

with apologies to Willie Sutton, Jesse James and Bonnie and Clyde See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

M/PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1969 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy bankrablás See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the third collaboration for Zero Mostel and Akim Tamiroff in less than 24 months. They had both appeared in Great Catherine (1968) and the canceled Seth Holt comedy "Monsieur Lecoq". See more »

Goofs

When the robbers are cutting through the floor the scenes from below show that the floor joists are not very close. When viewed from above the cut out piece was resting on the joist, which meant that particular cut had to be made from above. See more »

Quotes

Ranger Ben Quick: Just because I talk slow don't mean I'm peculiar.
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Connections

Spoofs The Great Escape (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Heaven Helps Him Who Helps Himself
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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No, it's a funny comedy!
26 October 2000 | by artzauSee all my reviews

This is a funny piece of work by Exorcist author Blatty. Hey, it has every character actor on the list in crazy situations which play off our ever-loving Western Movie stereotypes. It was done before the great ones like Blazing Saddles, Rustler's Rhapsody and The Villain. See it and judge for yourself. The cast is great and the situations amusing.


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