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Take the Money and Run (1969) was a Comedy - Crime Film directed by Woody Allen and produced by Jack Rollins, Edgar J. Scherick, Jack Grossberg, Charles H. Joffe and Sidney Glazier.

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Take the Money and Run (1969)

By Beatrice on May 2, 2020 From Flickers in Time

Take the Money and Run Directed by Woody Allen Written by Woody Allen and Mickey Rose 1969/US IMDb link First viewing/Netflix rental Way before he was sophisticated, Woody Allen was ridiculous … and hilarious. ?This, his directorial debut, is classic early Allen. The film takes the form of a... Read full article

Take the Money and Run (1969)

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Take the Money and Run (1969)

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Take the Money and Run (1969, Woody Allen)

on Mar 16, 2009 From The Stop Button

Take the Money and Run kind of dangles on a line. It’s occasionally a screwball comedy–something the Marx Brothers would have done–and alternately a thought-out spoof of documentaries. The breeze moves the film’s direction and it’s hard to know where it’ll go next... Read full article

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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?

Virgil: After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her, and after half an hour I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.

Virgil: Nobody wears beige to a bank robbery!

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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 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.
Allen's first cut was deemed to be decidedly unfunny, including his death scene in a slow-mo hail of bullets, like Bonnie and Clyde. Producers Jack Rollins and Charles H. Joffe convinced him to sit with top editor Ralph Rosenblum to see what could be salvaged. The first thing Rosenblum did was cut out the gory ending, then he restructured the film completely, and generally tightened up Allen's loose narrative. This effort transformed the finished film into a comedy classic. Rosenblum subsequently became Allen's editor of choice on most of his next films, including Bananas, Sleeper, Love and Death and Annie Hall.
Micil Murphy returned to prison for a role in the film. He had become an actor after being paroled from San Quentin in 1966 after serving five and a half years for armed robbery.
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