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Going in Style
     

Going in Style

Director: Martin Brest

Cast: George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg

 

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Joe (George Burns), Al (Art Carney), and Willie (Lee Strasberg) are three senior citizens who share a small apartment in New York City. They live off social security checks and spend their days sitting on a park bench, reading newspapers, feeding pigeons, and fending off obnoxious children. It's a dull life, and finally Joe is driven to suggest something radical to

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Joe (George Burns), Al (Art Carney), and Willie (Lee Strasberg) are three senior citizens who share a small apartment in New York City. They live off social security checks and spend their days sitting on a park bench, reading newspapers, feeding pigeons, and fending off obnoxious children. It's a dull life, and finally Joe is driven to suggest something radical to break the monotony; why not go on a stick up? None of them have a criminal history (though Joe claims he "did some stealing during the war"), but just planning the bank robbery puts a new spring in their step. Al surreptitiously borrows some pistols from the collection of his nephew, Pete (Charles Hallahan), and the trio, disguised with novelty Groucho Marx-style glasses, pulls off their heist to the tune of 35,000 dollars. Unfortunately, the excitement is too much for Willie, who suffers a fatal heart attack the same day. At his funeral, Joe and Al decide to give the bulk of the dough to Pete and his family, and attempt to blow the rest of it on a whirlwind excursion to Las Vegas. Meanwhile, the eccentric robbery has become a colorful news story for the media and the police are closing in on the amateur criminals.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
This bittersweet comedy-drama was the first major project for director Martin Brest, who would later hit blockbuster status with the very different Beverly Hills Cop. It's remarkable that the then 28-year-old Brest (who also wrote the screenplay) could forge a film that examined the dreams and lives of elderly men with such sensitivity, not to mention providing three veteran performers with such an excellent showcase for their talents. In lesser hands, the story of three senior citizens who rob a bank for kicks might have found humor at the expense of its subjects, but Brest treats his characters with respect, focusing on their lonely boredom and the fleeting sense of power they enjoy while staging the holdup. There are a number of delightful scenes that express the exhilaration the men feel just for finally having something to do, not the least of which is Art Carney's free-spirited dance to a group of street musicians. When the bank customers fail to take the elderly criminals seriously, George Burns makes his point in spades by shooting a clock, and the final view of the robbery is a wonderful overhead shot that finds the trio holding a roomful of disbelieving younger folks flat on the floor at gunpoint. Unfortunately, the triumph is short-lived, and they find themselves right back on the park bench wondering just what they're going to do with all the cash. There's barely a wrong note in Going in Style, and the melancholy tone balances with genuine laughs to create a tremendously human picture that's well worth seeking out.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2016
UPC:
0888574404659
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
128

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Burns Joe
Art Carney Al
Lee Strasberg Willie
Charles Hallahan Pete
Anthony Call Actor
Pamela Payton-Wright Kathy
Siobhan Keegan Colleen
Brian Neville Kevin
Constantine Hartofolis Boy in Park
Mary Testa Teller
Jean Shevlin Mrs. Fein
James Manis Hot Dog Vendor
Margot Stevenson Store Cashier
Tito Goya Gypsy Cab Driver
William Pabst Bank Guard
Christopher Wynkoop Bank Manager
Joseph Sullivan Moon
Bob Maroff Cab Driver
Betty Bunch Cashier
Karen Montgomery Hooker
Reathel Bean FBI Agent
Alan Brooks FBI Agent
Mark Margolis Prison Guard
Tony di Benedetto Prison Guard
Paul Smith Radio Announcer

Technical Credits
Martin Brest Director,Screenwriter
Tony Bill Producer
Leonard Gaines Executive Producer
Fred T. Gallo Producer
Stephen Hendrickson Production Designer
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Herb Mulligan Set Decoration/Design
C. Timothy O'Meara Editor
Fred R. Price Art Director
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Small Score Composer
Robert Swink Editor
Gary Weist Art Director
Billy Williams Cinematographer

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