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Director:
Writers:
Edward Cannon (story)
Martin Brest (writer)
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Release Date:
December 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Meet three guys with an outrageous plan to beat the system ... See more »
Plot:
Three friends who are living on the dole decide to organize a bank robbery. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Bittersweet See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (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 
Karen Rea 
 
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
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
 
Art Department
Linda Conaway-Parsloe .... assistant art director
Carl Landi .... carpenter
Ernest W. Southern .... scenic artist (as Ernie Southern)
Edward Swanson .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Milton C. Burrow .... supervising sound editor
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
James Sabat .... production sound mixer
Louis Sabat .... boom operator
 
Stunts
Raf Baldwin .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Holly Bower .... still photographer
James 'Packy' Dolan .... gaffer (as Jim 'Packy' Dolan)
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
 
Music Department
Donald Harris .... music editor
 
Other crew
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Stephen A. Glanzrock .... production assistant
Dan Perri .... title designer
Jeffrey Silver .... location manager
 

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Runtime:
97 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Iceland:L | Singapore:PG | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | USA:PG | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
In the scene where Joe (George Burns) is looking through his old photos and other memorabilia, he looks at a photo of a young couple - presumably Joe and his wife - and it makes him start to cry. The photo is actually a picture of George Burns and his real (late) wife Gracie Allen. They were a famous show business team from vaudeville through early television. She died in 1964.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Joe:No tinhorn joint like this could ever hold me.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Bittersweet, 11 September 2006
Author: pamsfriend from New Jersey

That is the quality imbued in this film by Brest, through the writing and direction. It would have been so easy to make a caper film, or a male-bonding buddy picture, but Brest does it the hard way so that we care about the characters and not the story. He fills each role with actors who look real, not pretty, like Charles Hallahan as Pete. He looks like someone who's worked all his life, not a person sent down by central casting.

And he is unafraid to let silence play a roll. How many directors would find 'suitable' music to waft in and out of the soundtrack as the three amigos occupy their bench? Here they sit in blessed silence until we wonder who will speak next, since Willie does not seem to want to open his mouth. When they get to Vegas, it would be so easy to do quick cuts of their winning streak with appropriate music blasting, but Brest stretches the scene so that we are not sure if they will keep their gains.

Any sentiment comes hard earned, like watching Joe stumbling around the apartment after the death of Willie, finding his own album of photographs and reflecting, only to have nature spoil the mood.

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