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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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Director:
Writers:
Edward Cannon (story)
Martin Brest (writer)
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Release Date:
25 December 1979 (USA) See more »
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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:
George Burns gives a great performance!!!! See more (22 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 
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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
97 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: Joe and Al leave JFK airport in full daylight - yet don't arrive in Las Vegas until well after dark, an impossibility for a direct flight heading five hours west during summer months in which film is set.See more »
Quotes:
Willie:What if we get shot?
[silence]
Joe:What's the difference?
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
George Burns gives a great performance!!!!, 21 October 2003
Author: dtucker86 from Germany

George Burns was truly one of the most amazing entertainers of all time. For almost forty years, he was part of the comedy team of Burns and Allen and then after Gracie passed away, he was forgotten for many years, however, he made one of the most amazing comebacks in Hollywood history when he played Al Lewis in The Sunshine Boys. Can you imagine this amazing achievement? George was 79 years old when this film was made and had never really "acted" in the traditional sense of playing an imaginary role, and yet he won an Academy Award for best supporting actor!!!The Book Of Lists mentioned this as one of the most amazing accomplishments ever at an advanced age!!Then George played another great role in the "Oh God" series. This man defied belief! Going In Style was in a sense his first "dramatic" role and he pulled it off with equal brilliance! Yes this was not a happy film to watch. In fact, I was 11 when my dad took me to see it and he commented that it was basically a very depressing story about three old men waiting to die. George has two fine co-stars in Art Carney and Lee Strasburg (who was one of the most legendary acting coaches of all time). Strasburg's role is small and he dies early on and leaves the show to Art and George. They pull it off wonderfully! It is a joy watching these two old pros at work. I wrote to Art Carney several years ago and asked him what it was like working with George Burns and he told me that George was a joy to work with and a real pro and one of the nicest people he ever worked with! They must have had a ball doing this film and it certainly shows! Even though George masterminded a bank robbery and it showed him holding a gun,it all seemed so innocent and nice. Martin Brest directed this film, he has had a wildly uneven career, but this was one of his outstanding early efforts, he later went on to direct the blockbuster Beverly Hills Cop and also directed the recent bomb of all time Gigli. However, Going In Style is a fine film ,even though its not a happy viewing experience. I think that the saddest scene in the film is where George is looking thru some old photos of himself as a young man and breaks down crying and wets himself. It is a very hard scene to watch indeed.

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