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$ -- Superstars Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn both took on the mantle of Robin Hood as they set out to fleece the criminally over-privileged (drug dealers, racketeers, gamblers, etc.) of $1 million from a safe-deposit vault in Hamburg. He's a security expert, she's a hooker. Together they made a dynamite combination at the box-office.


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17 December 1971 (USA) See more »
The BIG bank-heist is on! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Warren Beatty ... Joe Collins

Goldie Hawn ... Dawn Divine

Gert Fröbe ... Mr. Kessel

Robert Webber ... Attorney

Scott Brady ... Sarge
Arthur Brauss ... Candy Man
Robert Stiles ... Major
Wolfgang Kieling ... Granich
Bob Herron ... Bodyguard (as Robert Herron)
Christiane Maybach ... Helga
Hans Hutter ... Karl
Monica Stender ... Berta
Horst Hesslein ... Bruno
Wolfgang Kuhlman ... Furcoat
Klaus Schichan ... Knifeman (as Klaus Tschichan)
Tove Platon ... Customs
Kirsten Lahman ... Customs
Françoise Blanc ... $ Stripper (as Francoise Blanc)
Darrell Armstrong ... Associated Press
Walt Trott ... Stars and Stripes

Directed by
Richard Brooks 
Writing credits
Richard Brooks (written by)

Produced by
M.J. Frankovich .... producer
Original Music by
Quincy Jones 
Cinematography by
Petrus R. Schlömp (photography) (as Petrus Schloemp)
Film Editing by
George Grenville 
Makeup Department
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist (as Bob Jiras)
Barry Richardson .... hairdresser
Ernst Schmekel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Frank Winterstein .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Shaw .... assistant director
Art Department
Olaf Ivens .... scenic designer
Joe LaBella .... props (as Joe La Bella)
Guy Sheppard .... scenic designer
Sound Department
Jack Haynes .... sound re-recordist
Vince Melandri .... sound editor
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recordist (as Arthur R. Piantadosi)
Nancy Sammons .... assistant sound editor
Jerry Stanford .... sound editor
Richard Tyler .... sound re-recordist
Jan van der Eerden .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Karl Petri .... gaffer
Phil Stern .... stillman
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Johannes Kohner .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Murray Jordan .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ralph James Hall .... music editor (as Ralph Hall)
Other crew
Elsa De Bruycker .... technical advisor
Don Elliott .... the human instrument
Al Horwits .... public relations
Gene Levy .... auditor
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Heist" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
"Bank Jack" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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121 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:12 (DVD) (2010) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Actress Goldie Hawn has said of this movie: "It smelled like a hit. Warren [Beatty] and I in Germany, plotting a robbery from a bank, with me as a hooker. Richard Brooks directing. But it didn't work". Moreover, Hawn has also said of her characterization in this film: "It was a total bust," she said. "I didn't like my character or what I did with her. It was a totally unthought out, unconscious performance. I can't even look at the picture".See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Sarge:[seeing that Miss Devine is exiting the booth that he was planning to go into] Hey - - what're you doing in there?
Dawn Divine:[flashing a bright mischievous smile and replying in a pretend furtive whisper] Robbing a bank!
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Puzzling and exciting, 18 March 2015
Author: Dan Franzen (dfranzen70) from United States

In Dollars, clever bank-security guy Warren Beatty teams with a kooky call girl (Goldie Hawn) to steal from three disparate criminals, who have each chosen to store their ill-gotten gains within the bank's safe-deposit boxes. Beatty's Joe Collins is cool and methodical, and Hawn is a true delight as Dawn Divine, although the movie suffers from a lengthy run time and an ending that seems sort of a meaningless afterthought.

Collins works for a bank in Hamburg, Germany that is on the cutting edge of technological security. Among other things, the bank has - get this! - a 24-hour closed-circuit camera inside its safe, the better to monitor would-be evil-doers. Much is made of this awesome camera. Kind of makes one pine for the days when security cameras were a new thing.

At any rate, Collins and Divine have picked out three nefarious marks - a corrupt sergeant (Scott Brady), a Vegas mobster (Robert Webber), and a drug dealer (Arthur Brauss) - each of whom has deposited dirty money into a safe-deposit box in the bank. These boxes are much as they are today, although the bank employees very pointedly do not get to see what is in them; privacy, you see, is a big selling point for the bank wishing to attract more and more foreign interests.

The plan is to move the monies from the three boxes to Divine's own safety box. Plenty of planning goes into this, and it culminates with a wonderfully tense scene in which Joe, trapped in the safe, attempts the exchange. It's only a matter of time, though, before the various baddies discover what's happened, and there's a long, long chase scene - mostly on foot! - that eats up a chunk of film near the end of the movie.

Hawn is at her giggly, risqué best (this would be during her Laugh-In days), and Beatty stays true to type as the Man with the Plan, the cool cat. I particularly enjoyed how anxious Hawn's Divine is at her own role in the heist - for a phone call she must make, she has her lines written out longhand, and yet she still can only whisper them to the bank's manager, played by Gert Frobe (Auric Goldfinger).

The ending felt like it was lacking something, perhaps some panache or some cohesion. It's almost as if someone woke up in postproduction and realized there was no actual climax and then hastily wrote one in. In fact, after reading a synopsis on IMDb, I wondered if I'd seen the same ending - interestingly, the IMDb synopsis made even less sense than the one I saw.

Finally, there's the issue of the editing and/or direction - the former was too choppy, the latter too rapid. When your movie features an intricate plan, maybe it's best not to rush through every step, forcing your viewers to keep up. Even when we could keep up, it seemed as if some plot elements were missing entirely, leading to many questions left unanswered.

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