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Take the Money and Run (1969)

 



Written by Tim Dirks

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Take the Money and Run (1969)

In co-writer/director Woody Allen's early crime-related comedy (Allen's first feature that he acted in, directed, and wrote):

  • the sight of neurotic cello player Virgil Starkwell (Woody Allen) playing in a marching band
  • the mockumentary interview with Virgil's embarrassed parents (who both wore Groucho Marx disguises)
  • the scene of one of many of Virgil's failed, compulsive escape attempts from prison, when his self-made soap gun melted in a sudden rainstorm
  • the scene of Virgil agreeing to an experimental vaccine in prison in order to be paroled - temporarily turning him into a rabbi ("one temporary side effect")
  • the scene of Virgil needing money to get married, leading to a bank robbery by the nebbish crook - including his handwritten, mis-spelled and illegible stickup note for $50,000 (and the subsequent discussion with two bank tellers as the note was passed along): ("Does this look like "gub" or "gun"? - Teller: "But what does "abt" mean?" - Virgil: "It's "act". A-C-T. Act natural")
  • the narrator's description of his undernourishment when served only one meal a day on the chain gang: "Food on a chain gang is scarce and not very nourishing. The men get one hot meal a day: a bowl of steam"
  • Virgil's interview in his prison cell after being sentenced to 800 years in federal prison, and was confident he could cut the sentence in half; he asserted: "I think crime definitely pays. And you know, it's a great job, the hours are good, and you're your own boss. And you travel a lot, and you get to meet interesting people, and uh, I just think it's a good job in general"; and then he described his time carving work in shop (making another soap-gun) and inquired (with the film's last line): "Do you know if it's raining out?"





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