Bank Shot

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Bank shot
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Directed by Gower Champion
Produced by Hal Landers
Bobby Roberts
Screenplay by Wendell Mayes
Based on The Bank Shot 
by Donald E. Westlake
Starring George C. Scott
Joanna Cassidy
Sorrell Booke
Don Calfa
Bibi Osterwald
Frank McRae
Bob Balaban
G. Wood
Clifton James
Music by John Morris
Cinematography Harry Stradling, Jr.
Edited by David Bretherton
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
July 31, 1974
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Bank Shot is a 1974 film directed by Gower Champion and written by Wendell Mayes. It was loosely based upon Donald E. Westlake's novel of the same name, and was the second book of his Dortmunder series. The film stars George C. Scott, Joanna Cassidy, Sorrell Booke, and G. Wood.


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?



Vincent Canby of the New York Times was mildly amused: "It's not a great movie. It's not worth taking a taxi to see. Yet there are many less invigorating ways to waste one's time. ... The intensity of Scott's performance is highly comic. His Walter Ballantine has the discipline, self-assurance and narrow vision of the true fanatic. So, too, do most of the other characters in the film... Gower Champion, who has had more success as a Broadway director (Hello, Dolly) than as a maker of films (My Six Loves), seems to have had a great deal of fun with first-rate actors doing Bank Shot — grace of a work by someone who knows exactly what he's doing."[1]

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  1. ^ Vincent Canby, "A Disarming 'Bank Shot': Crooks Prove Proper and Optimistic" Aug. 1, 1974

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