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Going in Style (1979)

Three friends who are living on the dole decide to organize a bank robbery.

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Martin Brest

Writers:

Martin Brest (screenplay by), Edward Cannon (story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Burns ... Joe
Art Carney ... Al
Lee Strasberg ... Willie
Charles Hallahan ... Pete
Pamela Payton-Wright Pamela Payton-Wright ... Kathy
Siobhan Keegan Siobhan Keegan ... Colleen
Brian Neville Brian Neville ... Kevin
Constantine Hartofolis Constantine Hartofolis ... Boy in Park
Mary Testa ... Teller
Jean Shevlin Jean Shevlin ... Mrs. Fein
James Manis James Manis ... Hot Dog Vendor
Tito Goya Tito Goya ... Gypsy Cab Driver
William Pabst William Pabst ... Bank Guard
Christopher Wynkoop ... Bank Manager
John McComb John McComb ... Businessman in Bank
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Storyline

Joe, Al, and Willie are three old men who have resigned themselves to dying. One night, Joe hatches a scheme to put a bit of excitement back into their lives: robbing a bank. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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A comedy to steal your heart See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Quadrilha do Reumático See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$26,869,286
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Strasberg's wife, Willie, died of a heart attack in real-life. See more »

Goofs

When they rob the bank Joe hold the bag such that money falls out. Later in the overhead shot there is no sign of the spilled cash. See more »

Quotes

Joe: I did some stealing during the war, so I'll set everything up.
Al: What do you mean, you did some stealing?
Joe: Never mind what I mean.
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Featured in George Burns & Art Carney on Dinah! (1979) See more »

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'How would you guys like to go on a stick-up with me?'
22 November 2006 | by Camera-ObscuraSee all my reviews

Martin Brest is best known for his popular successes BEVERLY HILLS COP, MIDNIGHT RUN and SCENT OF A WOMAN, but more recently his career made a bit of a tumble with the disastrous GIGLI (2003), starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez and snoozefest (and trying so hard to be 'profound') MEET JOE BLACK (1998), but this little gem is how he got noticed (and might even be his best effort yet).

The story is simple: three kindly old men (George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg), indistinguishable from the half-forgotten ranks of senior citizens you might pass on any city park bench in warm weather, decide to light up their lives by sticking up a Manhattan bank in broad daylight.

Don't be put off by the idea of 'three old guys robbing a bank.' This film is a delight in a very New York and very low-key fashion with hardly any grand scenes or set-ups, but with great writing, sharp dialog and the three leads giving their very best. Although the film was marketed as a comedy, it's above all a heartfelt drama and a truly moving portrayal of old age.

One of the highlights: when the three seniors are on a little trip to Manhattan and Art Carney starts dancing to the rhythms some Caribbean Street musicians. It's such a marvel to see 80-year old George Burns clapping and smiling and genuinely having fun at this improvised street scene. It's a shame this film is practically forgotten. A heartfelt, funny, and ultimately a very moving picture. Don't miss this one.

Camera Obscura --- 9/10


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