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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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Meet three guys with an outrageous plan to beat the system ... See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Quadrilha do Reumático  »

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A neon sign outside Joe, Al and Willie's apartment advertises Schaefer Beer. Now a relatively little-known brand, New York-based Schaefer was once the world's best-selling beer, a title which it ceded to Budweiser in the 1970s. See more »

Goofs

In at least two scenes early in the movie, the microphone cables attached to the characters are visible. Both of the scenes show the three stars photographed from a distance with a telephoto lens as they walk toward the camera. They are walking on very crowded sidewalks. Look at Art Carney when he is on our right in one scene and you will plainly see the wire that is attached to his lapel microphone as it is easy to spot through his transparent shirt. It goes from his belt up to where it disappears inside his jacket. In a later scene still early in the movie George Burns has a very visible mic cable outline leading up to his lapel inside his jacket. George is on the left wearing a blue jacket. See more »

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Willie: What if we get shot?
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Joe: What's the difference?
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A masterpiece
17 December 1998 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is #2 on my all time favorite movies list. It's a real hidden gem. It stars George Burns (in the performance of his career), the always brilliant Art Carney, and the excellent Lee Strasberg as three old senior citizens who decide to rob a bank out of boredom. Martin Brest who later went on to direct such fine films as MIDNIGHT RUN, SCENT OF A WOMAN, and BEVERLY HILLS COP has his debut film here and without a doubt it's still his best. The story is so original and the performances are so outstanding that this film is really a masterpiece in my eyes. It's funny, exciting, surprising, and extremely touching. The screen writer Tony Bill takes a unrealistic situation and makes it extremely realistic. The Queens backround is perfect. A great, hidden masterpiece of a movie.


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