Silver Bears

Date: 1978
Director: Ivan Passer
Production Company: EMI Films, Raleigh Films

Stars: Michael Caine, Cybill Shepherd, Louis Jourdan, Stéphane Audran, David Warner, Tom Smothers, Martin Balsam, Jay Leno, Charles Gray, Joss Ackland
Location(s): London, Morocco, Nevada, USA, Switzerland, West Sussex.

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Storyline:

A financial wizard is sent by a crime boss to buy a bank in Switzerland in order to launder their profits.

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Establishing shot of Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The street is now a covered mall. The names of the casinos have changed over time with Coin Castle currently known as La Bayou and Mint now replaced by Binion's. The street featured in 'Diamonds are Forever'.

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Doc Fletcher flys into Lugano with Albert and Marvin when mobster Joe Fiore is persuaded to buy a Swiss bank, Lugano Airport, Agno, Switzerland.

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After securing a bank in the town, Prince Gianfranco di Siracusa (Louis Jourdan) waits for Doc. Lugano Airport, Lugano.

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Doc introduces the Prince to Albert Fiore (Jay Leno), the son of Joe Fiore. Lugano Airport.

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The impoverished Prince drives Doc and his cohorts into Lugano. Unidentified location.

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As they are driven through the town, Doc, Marvin and Albert are impressed by the multitude of banks.

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Banca Commerciale, Banca Unione di Credito, Banca-Discount Bank, all looking very respectable.

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The Prince drives into Piazza Riforma and indicates where their bank is. Lugano in Ticino Canton, Switzerland.

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Prince Gianfranco pulls up outside Credito Svizzero.

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Doc, Albert and Marvin Skinner (Tony Mascia) look toward the bank. Piazza Riforma, Lugano.

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The trio clamber out of the car . . . .

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. . . . . and head towards the bank.

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The Prince realises that Doc and the Americans are about to enter the wrong building. Piazza della Riforma, Lugano 6900.

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Too late, the 'new owners' walk into the bank.

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When it's explained that this is not the right bank, Doc, Albert and Marvin return to the square. Piazza della Riforma, Lugano.

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The three look about for another likely, 'well to do' bank.

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The Prince attracts their attention. Piazza della Riforma with Via Francesco Petrarca to the left.

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Prince Gianfranco points at their bank.

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What greets the trio's eyes is a shabby office above a pizza restaurant. Piazza Riforma.

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The Prince leads them inside to view the offices of Banca del Lago, with assets of just $900.

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Albert wonders why his Father paid $3,000,000 for the bank and the Prince produces a Charter from the Swiss Banking Commission.

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Doc watches as Albert threatens Prince Gianfranco whilst Marvin gets to grips with spaghetti.

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A rather annoyed Doc asks the Prince how much he has made out of the deal.

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Before leaving, the now humiliated Prince Gianfranco tells Doc that he was going to ask them to join him in a venture worth millions.

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Establishing shot of the Hotel Splendide Royal, Lugano, where Doc and his associates are staying.

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The three discuss their options. Hotel Splendide Royal, Riva Antonio Caccia, Lugano.

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It's decided that they should make the best of what they have . . . . . nothing! Riva Antonio Caccia with Lake Lugano to the right.

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Doc broaches the subject of the 'venture' as he and the Prince walk on the terrace of Gianfranco's huge but empty residence.

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Prince Gianfranco says that he will take him to his Cousin who will explain everything.

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The Prince smiles as he announces that his Cousin lives in Persia. An unknown location with the base of Monte San Salvatore visible in the left background.

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Doc and Prince Gianfranco arrive at the Firdausi's property in Iran. Unidentified location.

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Agha Firdausi (David Warner) greets his guests. Unknown location.

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Shireen Firdausi (Stéphane Audran) appears. Unidentified location.

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Agha Firdausi introduces Doc and Prince Gianfranco to his sister Shireen before they enter the house and discuss the 'venture'. Unknown location.

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Early the following morning, Agha and his Sister lead Doc and the Prince to a secret silver mine. IMDB suggests Morocco as one of the locations.

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Marvin drives Doc and the Prince from the airport when they return after striking a $5,000,000 deal with Agha to produce silver from the mine. This looks like Riva Antonio Caccia with Giardino Belvedere on the left. Lugano, Switzerland.

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The Rolls Royce is driven past the hotel where they were staying and into the suburbs of the city. Unidentified location.

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Albert surprises Doc when he says that they have moved out of the hotel. Unknown location.

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Marvin pulls up outside their new villa, complete with pool and maid, which was paid for with the proceeds from forgery and gambling. Unidentified location. Add receipts from drug monies, arms deals, LIBOR rate rigging, and assisting terrorism and we have Barclays, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland and numerous others. If you care, ask us for the Lamplighter listings, previuosly known as Whistleblower.

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Doc throws a party to celebrate the opening of their bank. Piazza della Riforma.

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The bank that they buy for the party is a little more impressive that their own. Piazza Riforma looking towards Via Giacomo Luvini in Lugano.

After Henry Foreman, President of the First National Bank of California, sends Donald Luckman to Europe to find a bank to take over, Members arrive at the London Metal Exchange. Leadenhall Market in the City of London.

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Richard Lovejoy found White vans preventing an accurate picture! The building on the left out of shot has been redeveloped anyway!

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Inside the Exchange, the price of silver falls as the Firdausi's mine starts production. Leadenhall Market in EC3.

Henry Foreman accompanies Donald Luckman and his Wife to London. Piccadilly Circus in London W1 with Regent Street to the right.

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The same scene now by Peter.

Donald's wife Debbie spots Carnaby Street as the taxi drives through London. Looking from Beak Street in W1 . . . .

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. . . . and still a popular thoroughfare today. The same place now taken by Richard Lovejoy with assistance from Phil Wilkinson.

The taxi draws up outside the Metal Exchange.

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Richard found that the building on the right hand side has been redeveloped too. Leadenhall Market, London EC3.

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Henry Foreman (Joss Ackland) arrives for discussions with silver dealer Charles Cook. Leadenhall Market.

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Whilst Foreman and Cook negotiate taking over the now significant bank, Prince Gianfranco and Doc enjoy their new found wealth and the fame that comes with it.

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The pair walk towards their successful and respectable bank where Donald Luckman is waiting inside.

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The Prince and Doc dine at the Antico Restaurant. Unknown location likely to be on the shores of Lake Lugano.

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Debbie Luckman (Cybill Shepherd) arrives at the restaurant. Unidentified location.

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The Prince and Doc approach Debbie and gain her confidence. Unknown location.

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Doc takes Debbie back to the villa where he finds out about Cook and Foreman wanting to take over the bank and the silver mine. Unidentified location.

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Fletcher drives to the bank to tell the others. Piazza Riforma, Lugano with Via Canova to the left.

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After Donald Luckman returns to negotiate purchasing the bank, Doc visits Joe Fiore in the States. Joe W Brown Drive, Winchester, Nevada, USA.

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Doc walks towards the Las Vegas Country Club. Joe W Brown Drive, Winchester.

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Joe W Brown Drive, Winchester, Nevada. The building no longer exists.

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Doc makes his way to see Joe. In the background stands the Las Vegas Hilton which was seen masquerading as the Whyte House in 'Diamonds are Forever'.

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Joe Fiore (Martin Balsam) wants to sell the bank to Cook and Foreman for $60 million but Doc wants to keep it. Las Vegas Country Club on Joe W Brown Drive in Winchester.

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The discussions continue before Joe allows Doc a week to raise money to buy the bank. Las Vegas Country Club in Winchester, Nevada.

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Doc and the Prince set out to find the Firdausis. An unidentified location, possibly in Morocco.

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The pair head to meet with Agha and his Sister where they find that the mine doesn't exist, that Shireen Firdausi is a smuggler and Agha is an actor. Unknown location.

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Doc hatches a scheme to save himself and the bank before visiting Foreman to negotiate a deal. Petworth House, Petworth, West Sussex. The location was also seen in 'Mr. Turner'.

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Donald Luckman (Tom Smothers) is congratulated on his handling of the deal before Foreman himself begins negotiations with Cook. Petworth House in West Sussex.

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After the machinations of Doc, Foreman and Cook see Donald Luckman going to jail, Prince Gianfranco Pietro Annunzio de Siracusa marries Shireen Firdausi.

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Doc walks alone into the square after the ceremony.

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The wedding party drive away and Debby Luckman appears.

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Doc drives alongside whilst Debbie tells him that Donald has been imprisoned for three years in a prison just outside of Lugano.

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Debbie continues that she isn't going to leave her Husband and reveals that she is looking for a place to live near to the jail holding him.

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Doc Fletcher and Debbie Luckman drive away together at the end of the film. Lugano, Canton Ticino, Svizzera.

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