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The Flim-Flam Man (1967)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 21 September 1967 (UK)
A rural con artist and an army deserter cheat the townsfolk and are aided by a rich gal who shields the fleeing duo from the wrath of the pursuing sheriff.

Director:

Irvin Kershner

Writers:

William Rose (screenplay), Guy Owen (based on a novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George C. Scott ... Mordecai
Sue Lyon ... Bonnie Lee Packard
Harry Morgan ... Sheriff Slade
Jack Albertson ... Mr. Packard
Alice Ghostley ... Mrs. Packard
Albert Salmi ... Deputy Meshaw
Slim Pickens ... Jarvis Bates
Michael Sarrazin ... Curley
Strother Martin ... Lovick
George Mitchell ... Tetter
Woodrow Parfrey ... Super Market Manager
Jay Ose Jay Ose ... Second Fertilizer Man
Raymond Guth Raymond Guth ... First Fertilizer Man (as Ray Guth)
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Storyline

Mordecai Jones is a rural con artist (a 'flim-flam man') who takes on a young army deserter; Curley as his protege, and teaches him the tricks of the trade. Sheriff Slade is in hot pursuit of the pair, and rich girl Bonnie Lee Packard becomes romantically involved with Curley, and helps the fleeing duo stay one step ahead of the sheriff. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

The Flim-Flam Man is Flim-Fun! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flim Flam Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Frankfort, Kentucky, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,845,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was filmed in Lexington, Kentucky and surrounding small towns, including Richmond, Winchester, and Irvine, Kentucky. The scene which shows the green bridge and A&P store was shot in Irvine, a small Appalachian town in Estill County, Kentucky. Townspeople had never witnessed a movie being made, and many stood excitedly watching the process. Highly acclaimed actor Harry Dean Stanton was born in West Irvine, which is very close in location to shots taken for this movie. However, Stanton had long since departed for Hollywood, and had already starred in many classic hit shows and movies by that time. See more »

Goofs

In the overturned caboose, Mordecai's whiskey bottle jumps from one hand to the other as Curley crosses to sit down. See more »

Quotes

Mordecai Jones: Only cheat the cheaters, boy - you can't cheat an honest man!
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Connections

Referenced in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) See more »

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Let's have a DVD release!
1 February 2007 | by BradElvisSee all my reviews

This film has long been one of my favorites, and I think it's just a crime that this wonderful movie is not on DVD yet! I mean come on, this movie was no small time production. It boasted a big name, George C. Scott, as well as a few other well-known supporting players such as Harry Morgan (Col. Potter on "M*A*S*H"), Strother Martin ("What we got here is failure to communicate" from "Cool Hand Luke"), Jack Albertson ("Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Chico and the Man"), and Slim Pickens (who also appeared with Scott in "Dr. Stragelove").

The story is quite amusing and wonderfully crafted: A slick con man way up in his years takes a young army deserter under his wing to teach him the tricks of the confidence game. The young man-gone-AWOL at first is taken in by how easy it is to sucker people out of their belongings by having the right props and a perfectly rehearsed act. But he begins to have doubts about the illegal and dishonest ways of his aging con artist mentor and decides that a life on the run is just not for him.

All in all, the film is an incredible light-hearted comedy/adventure complimented by a great musical score by Jerry Goldsmith.

As for a DVD release, I wouldn't even complain if the disc had no special features on it (commentary tracks, theatrical trailer, etc.). Just a widescreen presentation for 16:9 televisions would be plenty enough for me. I hope when 20th Century Fox looks through their film vaults for potential DVD releases that they don't overlook this one!


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