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
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Virgil's inept attempt to escape prison by carving a gun out of soap and turning it black with shoe polish is loosely based on real life bank robber John Dillinger's famous escape from the Crown Point, Indiana jail using a wooden gun blackened with shoe polish. In an interesting parallel, in the film Dillinger (1973) directed by John Milius and starring Warren Oates as John Dillinger, he is shown using a bar of soap instead of a piece of wood. See more »
As the chain gang escapes, they climb the same embankment twice. See more »
I admire Woody Allen a lot. I admire his sense of humor and his way of telling stories. "Take the Money..." was made when Allen was in the beginning of his career as a filmmaker. This film is a comedy, but don't confuse it with an actual silly comedy (in other words: American Pie). This film is a good beginning for one of the greatest American filmmakers. Recently, I watched it with my sister. It wasn't boring, it wasn't stupid, it wasn't a fraud. I am one of the few Mexican's that knows Woody Allen (by disgrace), and I am happy when I watch one of his films. In my country, "Match Point" it's about to be at the cinemas, and I am anxious to watch it: Just three words for you, my dear Woody: keep on directing.
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