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Going in Style (1979)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  December 1979 (USA)
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Three friends who are living on the dole decide to organize a bank robbery.

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Three retirees plan a bank heist.

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Joe
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Al
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Willie
Charles Hallahan ...
Pete
Pamela Payton-Wright ...
Kathy
Siobhan Keegan ...
Colleen
Brian Neville ...
Kevin
Constantine Hartofolis ...
Boy in Park
Mary Testa ...
Teller
Jean Shevlin ...
Mrs. Fein
James Manis ...
Hot Dog Vendor
Tito Goya ...
Gypsy Cab Driver
William Pabst ...
Bank Guard
Christopher Wynkoop ...
Bank Manager
John McComb ...
Businessman in Bank
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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 Quadrilha do Reumático  »

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With filming taking place at Kaufman Astoria Studios, the setting for Joe, Al and Willie's apartment was chosen with convenience in mind - it's just a handful of blocks away, at 4408 Broadway. See more »

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The license plate on the hearse is the same as the license plate on the car in which Art Carney's niece and nephew picks Art Carney up in after they hear the unfortunate news. See more »

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Willie: What if we get shot?
[silence]
Joe: What's the difference?
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Referenced in Remington Steele: Steele Blue Yonder (1986) See more »

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'How would you guys like to go on a stick-up with me?'
22 November 2006 | by (The Dutch Mountains) – See all my reviews

Martin Brest is best known for his popular successes BEVERLY HILLS COP, MIDNIGHT RUN and SCENT OF A WOMAN, but more recently his career made a bit of a tumble with the disastrous GIGLI (2003), starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez and snoozefest (and trying so hard to be 'profound') MEET JOE BLACK (1998), but this little gem is how he got noticed (and might even be his best effort yet).

The story is simple: three kindly old men (George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg), indistinguishable from the half-forgotten ranks of senior citizens you might pass on any city park bench in warm weather, decide to light up their lives by sticking up a Manhattan bank in broad daylight.

Don't be put off by the idea of 'three old guys robbing a bank.' This film is a delight in a very New York and very low-key fashion with hardly any grand scenes or set-ups, but with great writing, sharp dialog and the three leads giving their very best. Although the film was marketed as a comedy, it's above all a heartfelt drama and a truly moving portrayal of old age.

One of the highlights: when the three seniors are on a little trip to Manhattan and Art Carney starts dancing to the rhythms some Caribbean Street musicians. It's such a marvel to see 80-year old George Burns clapping and smiling and genuinely having fun at this improvised street scene. It's a shame this film is practically forgotten. A heartfelt, funny, and ultimately a very moving picture. Don't miss this one.

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