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, but awfully funny. Allen plays Virgil Starkwell, a music-loving nebbish who turns to a life of crime at an early age and, undaunted by his utter and complete failure to pull off a single successful robbery, continues his unbroken spree of bungled heists and prison breaks even after he marries and raises a family. Narrator Jackson Beck, whose stentorian voice of authority makes a perfect foil for Starkwell's absurd exploits, lobs one droll quip after another with deadpan seriousness. Though spotty, Allen tosses so many jokes into the mix that it hardly matters and when they hit they are often hilarious: the chain gang posing as cousins to their old-woman hostage ("We're very close," Virgil explains to a dim cop), arguing with a dotty movie director who is supposed to be their cover for a bank robbery, Virgil's escape attempt with a bar of soap. Allen spoofs decades of crime films, everything from I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang to Bonnie and Clyde, but you don't have to know the movies to enjoy this goofy, sometimes clumsy, but quite clever comedy. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ce film raconte la vie de Virgil Starkwell. Enfant, Virgil s'essaie au violoncelle, mais il l'abandonne pour faire carrière dans le crime, malgré sa petite taille, sa timidité, et ses lunettes constamment cassées par les gros durs. Il braque une banque mais se fait arrêter misérablement et il est envoyé en prison. Il parvient à s'échapper et vit de vols de sacs à mains avant de rencontrer Louise, une blanchisseuse, avec qui il aura un enfant. Mais toujours sans le sou, il tente à nouveau de faire un braquage, n'y arrive pas et se fait renvoyer au bagne. Encore une fois, il s'échappe, attaché par des chaînes à d'autres bagnards. Il se fera définitivement arrêter en essayant de voler un vieux copain d'enfance s'avérant être un agent du FBI.
I can't stop laughing whenever I remember this movie. Have seen it dubbed in Persian language too and it was even more hilarious. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2008 by Winston
As others have written, this is a hilarious Woody Allen film. However, for DVD fans and film purists, be warned: the original widescreen format has been chopped down to full... Read morePublished on July 18 2004
The counter scene when Allen's character says he is robbing the bank and has a "gub". That is hilarious!! Many more humorous scenes! Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by J. McAndrew
Simply put, this movie is hilarious. If you like movies with a bunch of ridiculous (and unexpected) scenes to laugh at, as well as hilarious lines to repeat to your friends later... Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by Ian Bowman
Really lousy combination of second-rate physical comedy and tepid jokes that go on way too long. I find Woody Allen more or less repulsive when he acts like the cute little... Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2004 by Christopher Houser
This is one of those Woody Allen movies that most people have never seen, yet, in my opinion, is still one of his best. Read morePublished on April 19 2003 by Sheldon
Take The Money & Run is the first film that featured the Woody Allen triple threat of writing, directing and starring. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2002 by P Magnum
This was Allen's first so it may not be as tightly crafted as some of his later works but it is extremely funny. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2002 by R. J. Marsella