This is the first truly "Woody Allen" movie--directed and starringAllen himself. He had previously lent his, at the time, good name tosome horrible projects such as CASINO ROYALE, WHAT'S UP TIGER LILY? andWHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT? While I will be one of the first ones to say thatmany of the jokes fall flat, the ones that do are so funny and unusualthat it's easy to forgive the movie's many short-comings. One of thestupidest and funniest parts of the film was how it was donesemi-documentary-style and this parents appeared with "Groucho Glasses"(with fake nose, mustache, etc. And, when mom says "he was a good boy"and dad interrupts by saying he was "always bad--I knew he'd neveramount to anything" it was a riot and was so much the opposite of whatyou'd expect to see in such a documentary. Other great moments includehis becoming, temporarily, a Hessidic rabbi, the escaped chain gangsequence and the abortive bank robbery. Rarely have I laughed sohard--it's so funny and it's a shame this spark of raw humor was soseldom evident in his later films.
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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.
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Reviewed byplanktonrulesVote: 8/10/10
Woody Allen hit gold with his second film, "Take the Money and Run", whichis a basic film that works on so many levels and is memorable strictly forits charm and good wit.
The story follows Allen's Virgil Starkwell, whose life is told indocumentary fashion. We learn he had a strange childhood and turned to crimeto fulfill his needs. We learn of his romance and sympathize with him as weengage in prison escapes and witness him put in a chain gang. Thedocumentary style might prove to be a "gimmick" of sorts, but it worksbecause had the story been told any other way it simply would not haveworked.
Also, "Take the Money" is an early token of what's to come and what thegeneral audience will expect of Allen; smooth drama balanced by fast, wittymonologues and lots of self-humiliation. To see this is to witness the earlywork of the director who ultimately brought us "Bananas", "Sleeper","Manhattan", and the Oscar-winning "Annie Hall". And if anything, just trackit for its over-the-top humor, not as in-your-face funny as "Sleeper" or assexually hilarious as "Annie Hall", but it's warm and withdrawn, balancedall together by a very good ending (always one of the weaker parts in almostall of Allen's films).
Highly recommended!***+ (8.5/10)
Take the Money and Run (1969) was Woody Allen's motion picture debut(sans 'Tiger Lily). The film follows the life of a criminal loser, shotin a faux documentary style. Allen used the most out of his smallbudget and made an amusing film. This was the beginning of hisslapstick/farce phase that would last until the early 70's. Aninteresting start for one of America's most unique film-makers of thatera. The script by Mickey Rose and Woody Allen is deeply engraved withscrewball humor from their childhood icons such as the Marx Brothersand Charles Chaplin. This film showed the promise of a brilliantdirector who would become a major player in Hollywood in the years tocome. Highly recommended.