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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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Joe
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Al
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Willie
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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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25 December 1979 (USA)  »

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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 »

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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 »

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Willie: What if we get shot?
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Joe: What's the difference?
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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.

Camera Obscura --- 9/10


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