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Take the Money & Run (Ws)
Take the Money Run
Actors: Woody Allen, Janet Margolin, Marcel Hillaire, Jacquelyn Hyde, Lonny Chapman
Director: Woody Allen
Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
R     1999     1hr 25min

Woody Allen's feature-film debut, Take the Money and Run, a mockumentary that combines sight gags, sketchlike scenes, and standup jokes at rat-a-tat speed, looks positively primitive compared to his mature work. Primitive,...  more »


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Actors: Woody Allen, Janet Margolin, Marcel Hillaire, Jacquelyn Hyde, Lonny Chapman
Director: Woody Allen
Creators: Woody Allen, Charles H. Joffe, Edgar J. Scherick, Jack Grossberg, Jack Rollins, Sidney Glazier, Mickey Rose
Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Classic Comedies, Woody Allen, Woody Allen, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed
DVD Release Date: 06/15/1999
Original Release Date: 01/01/1969
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1969
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 12
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Still one of Woody Allen's best
Jeffrey Ellis | Richardson, Texas United States | 01/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Though I usually enjoy Woody Allen's more recent work, I'm one of many filmgoers whose heart still belongs to his earlier, anything-for-a-laugh, anarchistic comedies like Bananans, Sleeper, and this one. Take the Money And Run was Woody Allen's first real film to direct himself and it remains one of his funniest. Disguised as a documentary, this 1969 film tells the hilarious story of Virgil Starkweather, the world's most inept (if stupidly optomistic) thief. Like most of Woody Allen's early films, everything is played almost solely for the laughs it might provide and nearly forty years later, it all holds up very well. Lots of hilarious stuff in here (at times, this film is the funniest Mel Brooks film that Mel Brooks never made) but my personal favorite bits would have to include: Virgil's parents who disguise their indentities by wearing Groucho Marx glasses but will be familiar to anyone whose seen any of Allen's films, Virgil's attempt to rob a bank is foiled when none of the clerks can read his bad handwriting, another robbery goes wrong when a rival gang decides to rob the same bank at the same time, Virgil's attempt to escape from prison by making a fake gun out of soap is ruined when it starts to rain, the sight of Woody Allen on a southern chain gang (and being punished by being locked in the hole with an insurance salesman), and especially the scene where a man Virgil attempts to mug turns out to be not only a childhood school friend but an undercover cop as well. Directing with a wild-anything-goes-spirit, Woody Allen gives one of his first (and best) "born loser" performances as Virgil. Amongst all the madness, the film also presents a bizarrely sweet love story between Virgil and his wife, who is well-played by the lovely (and the sadly no longer with us) Janet Margolin. Always underappreciated, Margolin was one of those forgotten, at times almost painfully vulnerable actresses that one can't help but fall in love with everytime she appears on screen. Though overshadowed by the later Diane Keaton and Mia Farrow, Janet Margolin was Woody Allen's first unlikely love interest (in both film and briefly real life) and they have a strong chemistry together that adds much heart to a wild film. Take the Money and Run remains hilarious and will be enjoyed by both fans of Woody Allen and classic film comedy."
Comedy without errors
Holy Olio | Grand Rapids, MI USA | 06/15/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is the best of Woody Allen's strictly-for-laughs movies. The interview segments which he uses for both comedic and dramatic purposes in many of his films are probably the most fun here, particularly his "parents" who wear disguises. The gags are much better than in his "Bananas" and the more than slightly silly plot doesn't bog down as in his "Sleeper". There are no big moral soapboxes, this movie is just funny."
DVD Quality: Great picture, crummy sound
David Taber, SalesLogistix CEO | CA United States | 07/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a review of the Take the Money and Run -- not the movie, but the DVD itself. The movie is a classic comedy that is appropriate for kids of 10 and over, as well as adults. If you've never seen it, the humor is a riot even though it's over 30 years old. The DVD was just released and is a brilliant example of film restoration. The color is perfect, the grain is almost invisible, and you couldn't hope for a better print. The two-sided disk has TV-format on one side andletterbox on the other, but as the film was originally shot for TV the images are nearly identical. There are a couple of extra items that you can access after the end of the film, but they're typical stuff.The sound, however, leaves a lot to be desired. It's essentially mono, which is what you'd expect for a late-60's TV movie, but there are long intervals of noticeable hum. If you have a high-quality audio system, the 60-Hz hum sections are really annoying. In addition, there are a couple of key scenes where the voices have been so severely filtered that they sound quite unnatural. In a bizarre twist, the defects are more noticeable on better speakers...and almost imperceptable on a cheap TV speaker. So, listen to this one on your crummiest TV and you won't feel compelled to write reviews like this one!"
Smart, crazy, consistently hilarious
David Taber, SalesLogistix CEO | 03/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is early Woody Allen at his hilarious best. He proves here that, when he wants to, he can go purely for laughs and score big. There are countless verbal and physical gags in this film and they're all brilliant. Beneath all the glorious bits, however, is a sweet love story--not so sweet that it obscures the comedy, however. This movie has ideas so fresh and funny, they'll stay with you forever. I know I'll never forget the first time I saw that gorilla chasing Woody out of a pet shop."