Watch: Bank Shot 1974 123movies, Full Movie Online – A bank, temporarily housed in a mobile home while a new building is built, looks like an easy target. On the other hand, why not steal the whole bank and rob it in a safer location?.
Plot: A bank temporarily housed in a mobile home while a new building is built, looks like an easy target to break into. On the other hand, why not steal the whole bank, and rob it in a safer location.
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promising premise…..okay finish.
The music and the script both show that this will be a silly heist caper. George Scott had won the oscar for Patton a couple years earlier, so this was pretty lightweight fun compared to that. Sorrell Booke was the Boss on Dukes of Hazzard for YEARS in the 1980s. and Bob Balaban was so serious in so many Christopher Guest films, years after this. G. Scott is “Ballantine”.. still in jail, but already planning his next heist with his “lawyer” Al Karp, played by Booke. fun, older, character actor Liam Dunn is in here as “Painter”. Mel Brooks used Dunn in his films for YEARS… was the judge in “Whats up Doc?”. supporting Don Calfa was in Foul Play. Joanna Cassidy co-stars, but I don’t know much about her. this was one of her early credited roles. lots of laughing. she hits it off with Ballentine. Lots of planning, riding on motorcycles, driving around. we’re half-way through, and not much progress has been made on the heist. Then, things start to happen…Can they hide a bank, that was housed in a mobile home, and then dragged away ? Mr. Carlin, from the Bob Newhart Show ( Jack Riley) is in here as the FBI agent, looking for the missing mobile bank. it’s kinda slow, by today’s standards, but fun for back in the day. some fun twists near the end. Directed by Gower Champion. didn’t direct much. acted. directed, some crew credits. not the best, biggest ending. ah well. sadly, Champion died quite young at 59.
Wasted Opportunity….its a GREAT Book
Donald Westlake’s Dortmunder are a terrific series of caper books about a career crook with bad luck. “Bank Shot” may very well be the best of the bunch, well the funniest anyway. But the movie fails on many levels.
First off there’s the casting, George C. Scott wasn’t a horrible choice, if he had a good script he would have worked fine, Sorrell Booke wasn’t the best choice, though i love to see him in something other than “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Don Calfa is okay as the driver from the books, but Frank McRae was great as Hermman X.
If you want to see a pretty good Dortmunder movie, watch “The Hot Rock” with Robert Redford or “Why Me?” with Christopher Lambert. Watch out of curiosity, at least its closer to the books than “What’s the Worst that Could Happen?”
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 23 min (83 min)
Genre Comedy, Crime
Director Gower Champion
Writer Wendell Mayes, Donald E. Westlake
Actors George C. Scott, Joanna Cassidy, Sorrell Booke
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm