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Fools' Parade (1971)

GP | | Comedy, Drama, Thriller | 1971 (UK)
In 1935, after forty years in a West Virginia prison, three released convicts wish to open a legitimate business using the twenty-five thousand dollars earned in jail, but a crooked prison guard in cahoots with the town banker plans to defraud them.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

Davis Grubb (novel), James Lee Barrett (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Mattie Appleyard
George Kennedy ... 'Doc' Council
Anne Baxter ... Cleo
Strother Martin ... Lee Cottrill
Kurt Russell ... Johnny Jesus
William Windom ... Roy K. Sizemore
Mike Kellin ... Steve Mystic
Katherine Cannon ... Chanty (as Kathy Cannon)
Morgan Paull ... Junior Kilfong
Robert Donner ... Willis Hubbard
David Huddleston ... Homer Grindstaff
Dort Clark ... Enoch Purdy
James Lee Barrett James Lee Barrett ... Sonny Boy
Kitty Jefferson Doepken Kitty Jefferson Doepken ... Clara
Dwight McConnell Dwight McConnell ... Station Master
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Storyline

When a trio of ex-convicts led by Mattie Appleyard is released from prison, they hope to open a general store using money Mattie has saved during his 40-year sentence. This attempt is met with great resistance from a corrupt prison official and the banker who issued Mattie the check. Written by Greg Helton <ghelton@airmail.net>

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Taglines:

Every greedy gun-toter in the hills is after this fool and his money! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Gnadenlosen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (as Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional. See more »

Goofs

Whether caused by staining or decay, the condition of Doc Council's teeth is poor, though it varies throughout the film. At one point his teeth become miraculously and uncharacteristically white (the condition of actor George Kennedy's real teeth). See more »

Quotes

Cleo: She died doing what my Ma did... what her Ma did. We been puttin' out for soldiers since 1776.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1935 See more »

Connections

References Ridin' for Justice (1932) See more »

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I loved it!
6 June 2004 | by heather-arlenSee all my reviews

I haven't seen this movie for at least fifteen years, but have never forgotten it...if it were released on video I'd probably buy several copies for friends, because it is such a good story to start with, and so well-done as a movie. James Stewart, George Kennedy, and Kurt Russell give memorable performances, and there is never that sense that you sometimes get with movies that it doesn't matter whether you watch it or not, you know how it will turn out...not with this one! George Kennedy is excellent as the villain, and the whole reversal of roles (the ex-con as the good guy, and the Sunday School teacher/prison official as the bad guy) make the movie one to remember. I highly recommend it!


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