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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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Pete
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 ...
Bank Guard
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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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A comedy to steal your heart See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

25 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Quadrilha do Reumático  »

Box Office

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$26,869,286 (USA)
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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Joe and Al leave Kennedy Airport in full daylight - yet don't arrive in Las Vegas until well after dark, an impossibility for a direct flight heading five hours west during the summer months. See more »

Quotes

Joe: [Al, Joe, and Willie are sitting on a park bench. Willie's feeding pigeon's, and as Al tells Willie the birds are filthy, Joe's staring into space, when a chunky kid - his mouth and face smeared with jelly - comes along - frightens the pigeons away, and stands right in front of Joe - blankly staring. Joe stares back, for a few seconds, but, becomes bewildered by this kid's staring, and mutters to Al] What the hell's the matter with this kid?
[Al looks at the kid - sizing him up - for a second]
Joe: If...
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Connections

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

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Bittersweet
11 September 2006 | by (New Jersey) – 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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