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Take the Money and Run (1969)

The life and times of Virgil Starkwell, inept bank robber.

Director:

Woody Allen

Writers:

Woody Allen (original screenplay), Mickey Rose (original screenplay)
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Virgil Starkwell
Janet Margolin ... Louise
Marcel Hillaire ... Fritz - Director
Jacquelyn Hyde ... Miss Blair
Lonny Chapman ... Jake - Convict
Jan Merlin ... Al - Bank Robber
James Anderson ... Chain Gang Warden
Howard Storm ... Fred
Mark Gordon Mark Gordon ... Vince
Micil Murphy Micil Murphy ... Frank
Minnow Moskowitz Minnow Moskowitz ... Joe Agneta
Nate Jacobson Nate Jacobson ... The Judge
Grace Bauer Grace Bauer ... Farm House Lady
Ethel Sokolow Ethel Sokolow ... Mother Starkwell
Dan Frazer ... Julius Epstein - The Psychiatrist (as Don Frazier)
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Storyline

This film is presented as a documentary on the life of an incompetent, petty criminal called Virgil Starkwell. It describes the early childhood and youth of Virgil, his failure at a musical career, and his obsession with bank robberies. The film uses a voice over narrative and interviews with his family, friends and acquaintances. Written by Kunal Taravade <kunal.taravade@symbios.com>

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Taglines:

WANTED. For Assault, Armed Robbery and Committing a Lewd and Immoral Dance with a Chocolate Pudding. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the scene where Virgil Starkwell is casing the bank, the camera is hidden in a challah, an egg bread eaten by Jews on the Sabbath. See more »

Goofs

After breaking out with the chain gang, and talking with Louise, the arm position of the first guy in line changes. See more »

Quotes

Virgil: Nobody wears beige to a bank robbery!
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Connections

Referenced in Breaking In: Take the Movie and Run (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Soul Bossa Nova
(uncredited)
Written by Quincy Jones
Performed by Marvin Hamlisch and His Orchestra
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User Reviews

Fun but overrated
22 August 2001 | by drosse67See all my reviews

Take the Money and Run ranked rather high on the AFI's list of the 100 Funniest movies, which surprised me. Although it's got some hilarious bits of comedy (the bank robbery, of course, is the funniest bit), the humor seems a bit dated, on par with What's New Pussycat or Casino Royale as opposed to Bananas and Sleeper (his two early comedy classics, in my opinion). Janet Margolin (RIP) was a talented actress, but I didn't find her particularly funny in this movie. She was better in a brief role as one of Woody's high-strung ex-wives in Annie Hall. Louise Lasser and Diane Keaton were worthier (and funnier) replacements. A good bet for rainy day laughs, but not one of the funniest movies of all time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

10 July 1970 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Take the Money and Run See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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