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


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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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Did You Know?


The film Virgil shows his gang ("Trout Fishing in Quebec") is listed as being a Rollings and Joffe production, the real-life producers of Woody Allen. See more »


After breaking out with the chain gang, and talking with Louise, the arm position of the first guy in line changes. See more »


Virgil: **after another group of robbers enters the bank** "O.K., show of hands. How many people want to be robbed by *this* group?"
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Soul Bossa Nova
Written by Quincy Jones
Performed by Marvin Hamlisch and His Orchestra
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it would be a crime not to see this movie
20 June 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

For those of you who think that all Woody Allen's movies are vapid stories of neurotic rich New Yorkers, you need to see his early movies. "Take the Money and Run" is a good example. Allen plays Virgil Starkwell, an inept criminal. No matter what sort of crime he tries to pull off, something always goes wrong. Probably the funniest scene is when he tries to escape from jail like John Dillinger did. Other scenes include the time when the authorities use him in an experiment, with a silly result.

Anyway, Woody Allen's old movies were really funny. The thing was that he created a bunch of outlandish premises and infused his New York Jewish humor. This is what comedy is all about!

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