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(1971)

R | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 1972 (UK)
A bank security expert plots with a call girl to rob three safety deposit boxes containing $1.5 million in cash belonging to three very different criminals from a high-tech security bank in Hamburg, Germany.

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Cast

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Mr. Kessel
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Attorney
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Sarge
Arthur Brauss ...
Candy Man
Robert Stiles ...
Major
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Granich
Bob Herron ...
Bodyguard (as Robert Herron)
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Helga
Hans Hutter ...
Karl
Monica Stender ...
Berta
Horst Hesslein ...
Bruno
Wolfgang Kuhlman ...
Furcoat
Klaus Schichan ...
Knifeman (as Klaus Tschichan)
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Storyline

Several criminals use safe deposit boxes in a German bank to store large amounts of illicit cash. An employee of the bank learns who they are by means of a prostitute they all patronize, and devises a clever plan with her to steal the money. Now the criminals can't go to the police, but they can try to steal the money back... Written by Anonymous

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The BIG bank-heist is on! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Also Known As:

Dollars  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer-director Richard Brooks first started writing the $ (1971) script in early 1970, after long periods of research into many facets of the story. Brooks was a stickler for facts and they had to be accurate. He knew from the beginning that the film could only be made in a European city, so with his capable assistant Tom Shaw, took off for a location recce inspection of foreign cities. They traveled to Vienna in Austria, Brussels in Belgium, Copenhagen in Denmark, and Hamburg in then West Germany. Finally. it was decided Hamburg had more to offer, scenically, as well as the colorful background needed for the colorful telling of a colorful story. See more »

Goofs

Joe identifies the vault's door as being "eight inches of tempered steel", but the door is clearly a lot thicker than eight inches. See more »

Quotes

Sarge: [in an irritable voice as he disgustedly watches the Candy Man lean back and forth and crane his neck in various directions and climb around to look on different sides of the closet walls and tap the panelling with his knuckles] What're ya BUILDIN'?
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Crazy Credits

The title (that is, the original title "$") appears only in the form of a giant character, as would be used in a sign, being transported by a crane while the other opening credits are displayed in the usual way. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ghost (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Brooks' 50¢ Tour
Written by Quincy Jones (uncredited)
Sung by Little Richard and Roberta Flack
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Groovy heist flick...but what happened to the ending?
21 January 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

American banking engineer, orchestrating the opening of a high-tech new bank in Germany, conspires to rip-off a gang of crooks and low-lifes who keep their loot in private boxes at the branch. There is quite a long set-up to the protracted chase in this film; luckily it involves a daffy, wonderful Goldie Hawn as a hooker/accomplice to thief Warren Beatty. Hawn is a living, breathing cliffhanger, you never know what she's going to do next. In the middle of the hysteria, there's a beautifully modulated moment where she tells Beatty about a screen-test she did for the movies ("First take, nothing. Second take, I dunno know...tears. Third take, I forgot my own name. And I made it up myself!"). The chase takes up about two entire reels, and it's been edited with hairbreadth timing. I also loved what first appeared to be a twist ending: someone dupes someone else, and then in turn gets duped. It would've been an awesome climax, but there's a weird tag at the very end of the picture (ostensibly to wrap it up with a bow) which is sort of a letdown. It seems to involve none of the participants--only their props!--which leads me to believe this was a post-production/last minute decision. Still, "$" (pronounced "Dollars") is funny, smart, and filmed in a cool, jazzy style that is no longer fashionable but certainly memorable. ***1/2 from ****


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