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Going in Style (1979)

Three friends who are living on the dole decide to organize a bank robbery.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joe
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Al
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Pamela Payton-Wright ...
Kathy
Siobhan Keegan ...
Colleen
Brian Neville ...
Kevin
Constantine Hartofolis ...
Boy in Park
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Teller
Jean Shevlin ...
Mrs. Fein
James Manis ...
Hot Dog Vendor
Tito Goya ...
Gypsy Cab Driver
William Pabst ...
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Bank Manager
John McComb ...
Businessman in Bank
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Storyline

Joe, Al, and Willie are three old men who have resigned themselves to dying. One night, Joe hatches a scheme to put a bit of excitement back into their lives: robbing a bank.... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Whether they win or lose, they'll be "Going in Style" See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »
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25 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Quadrilha do Reumático  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$26,869,286
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Upon meeting the then 27 year old director Martin Brest for the first time, George Burns remarked that he had "neckties older than him". See more »

Goofs

When they rob the bank Joe hold the bag such that money falls out. Later in the overhead shot there is no sign of the spilled cash. See more »

Quotes

Pete: [visiting Joe in the prison] The lawyer says they're gonna' be a lot tougher on you than you thought, Joe, if you don't give 'em back the money.
Joe: Yeah? Well, screw them.
Pete: I don't know, Joe. Maybe you should just give 'em back the money from the robbery.
Joe: Forget it. Al and Willie would both die if I gave that money back. Besides, Pete, let me tell you something. For the past couple of years, me, Al and Willie all sat on that park bench and looked at each other. Maybe a politician would come around ...
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Connections

Referenced in George Burns & Art Carney on Dinah! (1979) See more »

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Bittersweet
11 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

That is the quality imbued in this film by Brest, through the writing and direction. It would have been so easy to make a caper film, or a male-bonding buddy picture, but Brest does it the hard way so that we care about the characters and not the story. He fills each role with actors who look real, not pretty, like Charles Hallahan as Pete. He looks like someone who's worked all his life, not a person sent down by central casting.

And he is unafraid to let silence play a roll. How many directors would find 'suitable' music to waft in and out of the soundtrack as the three amigos occupy their bench? Here they sit in blessed silence until we wonder who will speak next, since Willie does not seem to want to open his mouth. When they get to Vegas, it would be so easy to do quick cuts of their winning streak with appropriate music blasting, but Brest stretches the scene so that we are not sure if they will keep their gains.

Any sentiment comes hard earned, like watching Joe stumbling around the apartment after the death of Willie, finding his own album of photographs and reflecting, only to have nature spoil the mood.


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