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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)

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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:

He robbed 16 banks. He got caught 16 times. His record is perfect. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

10 July 1970 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Robó, huyó y lo pescaron See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Woody Allen shot countless takes and printed most of them because in his inexperience he assumed a good director must do many takes and protect himself with coverage from all angles. He continued the practice on his first few movies but then gained the confidence to do what felt more right to him - long takes, with little or no coverage and very few retakes. See more »

Goofs

At the two gang bank robbery, when they exit the building, the correction filter sheets covering the glass doors are visible when they open the door. See more »

Quotes

Boardinghouse Roommate: One day he told me he was a gynecologist. But he couldn't speak no foreign languages. Who's he kiddin'?
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Referenced in Breaking In: Take the Movie and Run (2011) See more »

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Soul Bossa Nova
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The Saga of a Clumsy Smalltime Thief
19 October 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The clumsy Virgil Starkwell (Woody Allen) is bullied when he is a child. Then he decides to play cello, but without musical talent, the loser joins a street gang and ends in prison. When he escapes, he meets the laundry worker Louise (Janet Margolin) and lies to her, telling that he plays cello in the symphonic orchestra.

He is arrested in a hold up and Louise finds him in prison. He breaks out and flees with Louise to another state. He tries to be honest but he is incapable to fit in any job. When he finally finds a job position suitable for his intellect, he is blackmailed by a colleague and returns to his criminal life. But his heists are disastrous and he always ends in prison.

"Take the Money and Run" is the second film by Woody Allen in a documentary style the same way he does with "Zelig" in 1983, and tells the saga of a clumsy smalltime thief. The last time I had seen this film was on 22 August 1999 and this time I found it still enjoyable, but less than the last time.

Virgil Starkwell is an incompetent loser obsessed with bank heists. The narrative and interviews in the documentary style of the 60's and 70's have hilarious moments and is closed by the funny interview of his neighbor that asks to the interviewer how an imbecile like Virgil could plan the heist of banks. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Um Assaltante Bem Trapalhão" ("A Very Clumsy Thief")


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