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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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25 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Quadrilha do Reumático  »

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$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

After Joe and Al win over $60,000 at the craps table, the cashier cashes chips in for cash. In reality, a win of that magnitude would require that a more high-ranking casino employee step in and have them sign tax forms before payout was made. See more »

Quotes

Willie: What if we get shot?
Joe: [Silence] What's the difference?
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Connections

Remade as Going in Style (2017) See more »

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First-half is great, but it loses its impetus and steam...
22 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Three elderly friends concoct a scheme to rob a bank...but what will they do with all that money? Although bank robbery is hardly endearing, director Martin Brest (doing very nimble work) glosses over the extremities and gives us George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg at their most amiable. Brest isn't afraid to be tender, but he's not maudlin and has a good sense of humor and pacing. Unfortunately, the screenplay loses steam in its third act, which gets gummed up with much realer issues and plot-snags (an unconvincing jaunt to Las Vegas is also weak). Up to that point, however, surprisingly good, with the three leads impeccably interacting. *** from ****


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