Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben. The segments range from "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" in which a court ... See full summary »
This film is presented as a documentary on the life of an incompetent, petty criminal called Virgil Starkwell. It describes the early childhood and youth of Virgil, his failure at a musical career, and his obsession with bank robberies. The film uses a voice over narrative and interviews with his family, friends and acquaintances. Written by
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Virgil's inept attempt to escape prison by carving a gun out of soap and turning it black with shoe polish is loosely based on real life bank robber John Dillinger's famous escape from the Crown Point, Indiana jail using a wooden gun blackened with shoe polish. In an interesting parallel, in the film Dillinger (1973) directed by John Milius and starring Warren Oates as John Dillinger, he is shown using a bar of soap instead of a piece of wood. See more »
Virgil was born December 1935. When he was still a teen, playing cello in the marching band, the year would've been circa mid-1950s at the latest. Cars current to the actual filming can be seen all around the background, as well as the long hair-styles of the boys marching. Most of the characters are also dressed in the late-60s fashion throughout most of the film. See more »
After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her, and after half an hour I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.
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Highly entertaining feature-length film debut from Woody Allen.
Take the Money and Run (1969) was Woody Allen's motion picture debut (sans 'Tiger Lily). The film follows the life of a criminal loser, shot in a faux documentary style. Allen used the most out of his small budget and made an amusing film. This was the beginning of his slapstick/farce phase that would last until the early 70's. An interesting start for one of America's most unique film-makers of that era. The script by Mickey Rose and Woody Allen is deeply engraved with screwball humor from their childhood icons such as the Marx Brothers and Charles Chaplin. This film showed the promise of a brilliant director who would become a major player in Hollywood in the years to come. Highly recommended.
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