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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:

crime lives! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The first time Woody Allen performed the triple duties of writing, directing and acting in a film. See more »

Goofs

Virgil was born December 1935. When he was still a teen, playing cello in the marching band, the year would've been circa mid-1950s at the latest. Cars current to the actual filming can be seen all around the background, as well as the long hair-styles of the boys marching. Most of the characters are also dressed in the late-60s fashion throughout most of the film. See more »

Quotes

Bank Teller #1: Does this look like "gub" or "gun"?
Bank Teller #2: Gun. See? But what does "abt" mean?
Virgil: It's "act". A-C-T. Act natural. Please put fifty thousand dollars into this bag and act natural.
Bank Teller #1: Oh, I see. This is a holdup?
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Soundtracks

Soul Bossa Nova
(uncredited)
Written by Quincy Jones
Performed by Marvin Hamlisch and His Orchestra
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Remember: You can't wear a beige shirt to rob a bank!
5 April 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Take the Money and Run" is an absolutely hilarious Woody Allen film, done in a quasi-documentary style, about a career criminal, Virgil Starkwell, who has a very unsuccessful career. His prison breaks don't go as planned, his robberies are a disaster and usually coincide with someone else's robbery of the same place, and his planning of a job would be fine if only he weren't talking to an associate in a restaurant while the police are in the booth behind him. One nice perk of failure: while attempting to rob a young woman's purse, he falls in love with her (Janet Margolin). Virgil does admit at one point thinking of foregoing robbery and taking up a career in singing. He doesn't mention the cello, which gave him his start in music - and crime.

This is one of those laugh out loud even when you're alone movies of which there are all too few. But this is one. Over a tough, FBI-type narration, we watch Virgil's futile attempts at making money through crime, see his parents (disguised) interviewed, as well as his wife and the various police and investigators he meets along the way.

It's amazing to look at this film and then look at "Match Point" done 35 years later and see the evolution of this brilliant man. Woody Allen is capable of rock-solid comedy as well as provocative movie-making. Although he's had a few blips along the way, one wonders what he'll think of next.


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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:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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