Silver Bears

  • 1978
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Comedy, Crime

A good idea goes awry here as Erdman's novel is given a hopelessly convoluted script. Instead of aligning the script with the book, the scriptwriters created a twisting adaptation. Save for Smothers, the characters are all despicable and greedy. Caine travels to Switzerland to open a bank for Balsam, a gangster of the old-fashioned school. Caine is assisted...read more

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A good idea goes awry here as Erdman's novel is given a hopelessly convoluted script. Instead of aligning the script with the book, the scriptwriters created a twisting adaptation. Save for Smothers, the characters are all despicable and greedy. Caine travels to Switzerland to open a bank

for Balsam, a gangster of the old-fashioned school. Caine is assisted by Jourdan, who has his own swindle in mind. The two meet Audran, who is partnered with Warner in an Iranian silver mine. At the same time another banker, Ackland, sends Smothers and his wife, Shepherd, to Switzerland to buy a

bank as a front for Gray, a billionaire metals mogul who would like a place to hide his gains. Shepherd is an ambitious, self-serving woman who is bored with her husband and sees this foray into high finance as a way for her to improve her status. In the end several schemes are put into operation

and the man left holding the bag is Smothers, who winds up in jail while Shepherd is happy to be in the sack with Caine. The movie is well-paced, but so much happens that it's not easy to recall who did what to whom. The sum of this movie is less than the total of the parts, as each of the actors

does well enough in their brief moments. Director Passer added to his string of less-than-satisfactory films, including CRIME AND PASSION; BORN TO WIN; and LAW AND DISORDER. Note comedian Jay Leno in a small role as Balsam's heir. With this many good performers, it's sad to see such a toss-away of

a potentially funny movie.

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  • Released: 1978
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: A good idea goes awry here as Erdman's novel is given a hopelessly convoluted script. Instead of aligning the script with the book, the scriptwriters created a twisting adaptation. Save for Smothers, the characters are all despicable and greedy. Caine trav… (more)

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