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Going in Style -- George Burns and Art Carney co-star with method acting legend Lee Strasberg as three mild-mannered retirees who decides to rob a bank.


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Edward Cannon (story)
Martin Brest (writer)
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Release Date:
25 December 1979 (USA) See more »
Meet three guys with an outrageous plan to beat the system ... See more »
Three friends who are living on the dole decide to organize a bank robbery. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A masterpiece See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Burns ... Joe

Art Carney ... Al

Lee Strasberg ... 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
Melvin Jurdem ... Businessman in Bank
Joseph Sullivan ... Moon
Bob Maroff ... Cab Driver
Vivian Edwards ... Bellhop
Jim Tipton ... Crap Dealer
Ron Gagliano ... Crap Dealer
Victor Masi ... Crap Dealer
Raymond Kernodle ... Crap Dealer
Richard Teng ... Crap Dealer
Patrick Donoho ... Crap Dealer
Barbara Ann Miller ... Waitress
Betty Bunch ... Restaurant Cashier
Karen Montgomery ... Hooker
Catherine L. Billich ... Casino Cashier
Robert J. Zay ... Salesman
Anthony D. Call ... FBI Agent in Charge
William Larson ... FBI Agent
Reathel Bean ... FBI Agent
Alan Brooks ... FBI Agent

Mark Margolis ... Prison Guard
Pedro E. Ocampo Sr. ... Prison Guard
Tony DiBenedetto ... Prison Guard

Paul L. Smith ... Radio Announcer
Bruce Charles ... Radio Announcer
Margot Stevenson ... Store Cashier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matteo Cafiso ... Boy in Park (uncredited)

Angelique Pettyjohn ... Woman at crap table (uncredited)

Patty Plenty ... Woman (uncredited)

Ilana Rapp ... Park Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Brest 
Writing credits
Edward Cannon (story)

Martin Brest (writer)

Produced by
Tony Bill .... producer
Leonard Gaines .... executive producer
Fred T. Gallo .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Small 
Cinematography by
Billy Williams 
Film Editing by
Carroll Timothy O'Meara  (as C. Timothy O'Meara)
Robert Swink 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
Howard Feuer 
Karen Rea 
Jeremy Ritzer 
Production Design by
Stephen Hendrickson 
Art Direction by
Fred Price 
Gary Weist 
Set Decoration by
Herbert F. Mulligan  (as Herb Mulligan)
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
Makeup Department
John Alese .... makeup artist
Philip Leto .... hair stylist (as Phil Leto)
Don Marando .... makeup artist
Production Management
Joan Bradshaw .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Berman .... assistant director
Ed Dessisso .... assistant director
William Eustace .... second assistant director (as Bill Eustace)
Michael Rauch .... assistant director (as Mike Rauch)
Art Department
Linda Conaway-Parsloe .... assistant art director
James Halligan .... construction grip (as Jim Halligan)
Carl Landi .... carpenter
Ernest W. Southern .... scenic artist (as Ernie Southern)
Edward Swanson .... construction coordinator (as Ed Swanson)
Sound Department
Milton C. Burrow .... supervising sound editor
Scott Burrow .... assistant sound editor
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
William L. Manger .... sound editor (as William Manger)
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert A. Reich .... sound editor
James Sabat .... production sound mixer
Louis Sabat .... boom operator
Edward L. Sandlin .... sound editor
Raf Baldwin .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Holly Bower .... still photographer
James 'Packy' Dolan .... gaffer (as Jim 'Packy' Dolan)
James Finnerty .... key grip
Robert D. McBride .... camera operator
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (as Roger Sherman Jr.)
Robert Shepherd .... electrician
Dave Friedman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Howard Feuer .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Neuman .... costumer: men
Editorial Department
William J. Meshover .... assistant editor
Judson P. Nelson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Donald Harris .... music editor
Michael Small .... conductor
Transportation Department
Harry J. Leavey .... teamster captain (as Harry Leavey)
Other crew
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Jackie Frank .... secretary to Mr. Gallo
Stephen A. Glanzrock .... production assistant
Wendy G. Glickstein .... production office coordinator (as Wendy Glickstein)
Joanna Ney .... unit publicist
Dan Perri .... title designer
Jane Raab .... secretary to Mr. Brent
Jeffrey Silver .... location manager
Roxanne Wehrham .... film research

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97 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Iceland:L | Singapore:PG | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | USA:PG | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
[last lines]
Joe:No tinhorn joint like this could ever hold me.
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece, 17 December 1998
Author: Jon from New York

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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