Psychologically unfit for life as a child, Virgil Starkwell (Woody Allen) begins a life of compulsive petty crime. Before reaching the age of 25, he has become an extremely inept criminal who is known to police by five aliases. For a while, however, his life seems to change when he meets and falls in love with the beautiful Louise (Janet Margolin). But it's not long before his compulsive ways return and he sets out to rob banks and fail in increasingly fascinating and hilarious ways.
Less mad-cap Marx brothers style comedy.
- Take the Money and Run review by ZS
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Zanier than Allen's later films, this is a spoof-type film, with influences apparent from Marx Brothers movies and many Pythonesque moments.
Whilst being amusing, the last twenty minutes dragged a bit. This is of a higher quality than a lot of spoof-type films, largely due to the momentum maintained throughout the film, with no individual scene over-indulged in.
Recommend viewing as an introduction to Allen's distinctive jazzy approach to film.
Test of time
- Take the Money and Run review by JD
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Most comedy from 1969 would be distinctly dated. This is not. Woody Allen is not everyone's taste but if you like silly, done well this is excellent. As an example his parents have disguise glasses with large noses and bushy moustaches as they are too embarrassed to be interviewed without. You might find this pathetic or, as I did, very funny.