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Woody Allen (original screenplay) and
Mickey Rose (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 July 1970 (Ireland) See more »
crime lives! See more »
The life and times of Virgil Starkwell, inept bank robber. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Woody Allen ... Virgil Starkwell

Janet Margolin ... Louise
Marcel Hillaire ... Fritz - Director
Jacquelyn Hyde ... Miss Blair
Lonny Chapman ... Jake - Convict
Jan Merlin ... Al - Bank Robber
James Anderson ... 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
Dan Frazer ... Julius Epstein - The Psychiatrist (as Don Frazier)
Henry Leff ... Father Starkwell
Mike O'Dowd ... Michael Sullivan
Jackson Beck ... The Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Louise Lasser ... Kay Lewis
Stanley Ackerman ... Stanley Krim - Photographer (uncredited)
Thomas Bellin ... Member of Virgil's Gang (uncredited)
Michael L. Davis ... Police Officer in Coffee Shop (uncredited)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Roy Engel ... Prison Guard Captain (uncredited)
Lynn Foley ... Parade Spectator (uncredited)
Kaiser Wilhelm II ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mickey Rose ... Chain Gang Man (uncredited)
Paul Schumacher ... Patrolman Lynch (uncredited)
Mitchell Tunick ... Young Virgil Starkwell (uncredited)

Directed by
Woody Allen 
Writing credits
Woody Allen (original screenplay) and
Mickey Rose (original screenplay)

Produced by
Sidney Glazier .... executive producer
Jack Grossberg .... associate producer
Charles H. Joffe .... producer
Jack Rollins .... producer (uncredited)
Edgar J. Scherick .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Marvin Hamlisch 
Cinematography by
Lester Shorr (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Paul Jordan 
Ron Kalish 
Casting by
Marvin Paige 
Art Direction by
Fred Harpman 
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
Makeup Department
Stanley R. Dufford .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fred T. Gallo .... unit manager
Jack Grossberg .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Hill .... second assistant director
Louis A. Stroller .... assistant director
Stanley Ackerman .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ted Moehnke .... construction supervisor (as Theodore Moehnke)
Ken Phelps .... set propertyman
Chardin W. Smith .... chargeman painter
Sound Department
Bud Alper .... sound mixer
Sanford Rackow .... sound effects editor
John Strauss .... sound effects editor
Dick Vorisek .... re-recording engineer (as Richard Vorisek)
Special Effects by
A.D. Flowers .... special effects
Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Til Gabani .... camera operator (as Till Gabbani)
Morton Gorowitz .... lighting supervisor
Fred Hoffman .... photographer: second unit
Harry Stern .... grip
Jack H. Wilson .... gaffer
William Mendenhall .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erick M. Hjemik .... wardrobe supervisor
Bob Wolfe .... set wardrobe
Editorial Department
James T. Heckert .... supervising editor
Ralph Rosenblum .... editorial consultant
Music Department
Felix Giglio .... music supervisor
Frank Kulaga .... music recordist
Kermit Levinsky .... conductor
Kermit Levinsky .... orchestrator
Sanford Rackow .... music editor
John Strauss .... music editor
Other crew
Don Boutyette .... unit publicist
Jeanetta L. Hoyle .... script supervisor (as Jeanetta Lewis)
Henry Polonsky .... production assistant (as Hank Polonsky)
Fouad Said .... location manager
Bert Schneiderman .... production auditor
Lynn Vogel .... production secretary
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85 min
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Did You Know?

Filmed for 10 weeks in the San Francisco area. Woody Allen joked that it was a better place to spend the summer than Cleveland but, in reality, he knew that the city was compact enough to allow him and his crew to complete 87 moves in 50 days. His film crew knew that such a daunting schedule was more suited to the TV industry, where working till 10 or 11 at night was commonplace. But Allen completed the film without once working late, and several times he wrapped for the day at 4 o'clock.See more »
Continuity: After breaking out with the chain gang, and talking with Louise, the arm position of the first guy in line changes.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'?See more »
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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Remember: You can't wear a beige shirt to rob a bank!, 5 April 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Take the Money and Run" is an absolutely hilarious Woody Allen film, done in a quasi-documentary style, about a career criminal, Virgil Starkwell, who has a very unsuccessful career. His prison breaks don't go as planned, his robberies are a disaster and usually coincide with someone else's robbery of the same place, and his planning of a job would be fine if only he weren't talking to an associate in a restaurant while the police are in the booth behind him. One nice perk of failure: while attempting to rob a young woman's purse, he falls in love with her (Janet Margolin). Virgil does admit at one point thinking of foregoing robbery and taking up a career in singing. He doesn't mention the cello, which gave him his start in music - and crime.

This is one of those laugh out loud even when you're alone movies of which there are all too few. But this is one. Over a tough, FBI-type narration, we watch Virgil's futile attempts at making money through crime, see his parents (disguised) interviewed, as well as his wife and the various police and investigators he meets along the way.

It's amazing to look at this film and then look at "Match Point" done 35 years later and see the evolution of this brilliant man. Woody Allen is capable of rock-solid comedy as well as provocative movie-making. Although he's had a few blips along the way, one wonders what he'll think of next.

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