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Take the Money and Run (1969)

The life and times of Virgil Starkwell, inept bank robber.

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Marcel Hillaire ...
Fritz - Director
Jacquelyn Hyde ...
Miss Blair
Lonny Chapman ...
Jake - Convict
Jan Merlin ...
Al - Bank Robber
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Chain Gang Warden
Howard Storm ...
Fred
Mark Gordon ...
Vince
Micil Murphy ...
Frank
Minnow Moskowitz ...
Joe Agneta
Nate Jacobson ...
The Judge
Grace Bauer ...
Farm House Lady
Ethel Sokolow ...
Mother Starkwell
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Julius Epstein - The Psychiatrist (as Don Frazier)
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Storyline

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 Kunal Taravade <kunal.taravade@symbios.com>

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He robbed 16 banks. He got caught 16 times. His record is perfect. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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M | See all certifications »

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10 July 1970 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Robó, huyó y lo pescaron  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first time Woody Allen performed the triple duties of writing, directing and acting in a film. See more »

Goofs

During the bicycle sequence Woody is chained in the middle of the prisoners, but when they enter the old lady's house, he is the first man on the chain. See more »

Quotes

Louise: He'd have the gang over for a meeting and I'd put out a little tray of pretzels and bullets... I had to. He's my husband.
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Connections

Referenced in Small Time Crooks (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Soul Bossa Nova
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Written by Quincy Jones
Performed by Marvin Hamlisch and His Orchestra
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Highly entertaining feature-length film debut from Woody Allen.
25 November 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

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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