Take the Money and Run (1969)

M  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  10 July 1970 (Ireland)
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The life and times of Virgil Starkwell, inept bank robber.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcel Hillaire ...
Fritz - Director
Jacquelyn Hyde ...
Miss Blair
Lonny Chapman ...
Jake - Convict
Jan Merlin ...
Al - Bank Robber
James Anderson ...
Chain Gang Warden
Howard Storm ...
Mark Gordon ...
Micil Murphy ...
Minnow Moskowitz ...
Joe Agneta
Nate Jacobson ...
The Judge
Grace Bauer ...
Farm House Lady
Ethel Sokolow ...
Mother Starkwell
Dan Frazer ...
Julius Epstein - The Psychiatrist (as Don Frazier)


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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Release Date:

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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Ralph Rosenblum found that Woody Allen had put gloomy music behind some of the scenes to emphasize his character's sad life. Rosenblum substituted new, upbeat music-a Eubie Blake ragtime piece here, a bossa nova there - to show Allen the improvement, and offered the advice to always cut with music, even before scoring was done. This aspect of the picture was also helped tremendously by composer Marvin Hamlisch, a former rehearsal pianist new to the business who amazed everyone with his ability to take suggestions and compose just the right piece of music in virtually any style in an astonishingly short period of time. See more »


When Virgil is walking toward the shore of the beach after done eating the one slice of pepperoni, the shadows of the camera and boom mic are visible on his sweat jacket. See more »


Boardinghouse Roommate: One day he told me he was a gynecologist. But he couldn't speak no foreign languages. Who's he kiddin'?
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a truly funny movie
13 March 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In an age of tee hee funny blockbuster comedies, this is a FUNNY knee- slapping side-splitting tear-producing pause-the-DVD-so-as-to-not-miss-a-line-movie. Hollywood just does not make movies like this. It's a love story between a crook and a beautiful woman. No, it's the story of a little red headed kid who went on to pull off the worst bank heist ever. No, it's the story of a cons escape from prison. It's all of these. Only Woody could have had Virgil fall madly in love with Louise, want to spend the rest of his life with her, then only later on, decide he doesn't want to steal her purse. Classic. Only Woody would have his bank robber pull off a bank job with a mis-spelled note then have him escape from a chain gang on foot running beside men on bikes. Fantastic movie and fun for all. Prepare to laugh.

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