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Going in Style (1979)

Three friends who are living on the dole decide to organize a bank robbery.

Director:

Martin Brest

Writers:

Martin Brest (screenplay by), Edward Cannon (story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Burns ... Joe
Art Carney ... Al
Lee Strasberg ... Willie
Charles Hallahan ... Pete
Pamela Payton-Wright Pamela Payton-Wright ... Kathy
Siobhan Keegan Siobhan Keegan ... Colleen
Brian Neville Brian Neville ... Kevin
Constantine Hartofolis Constantine Hartofolis ... Boy in Park
Mary Testa ... Teller
Jean Shevlin ... Mrs. Fein
James Manis James Manis ... Hot Dog Vendor
Tito Goya Tito Goya ... Gypsy Cab Driver
William Pabst William Pabst ... Bank Guard
Christopher Wynkoop ... Bank Manager
John McComb John McComb ... Businessman in Bank
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Storyline

Joe, Al, and Willie are three old men who have resigned themselves to dying. One night, Joe hatches a scheme to put a bit of excitement back into their lives: robbing a bank. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Meet three guys with an outrageous plan to beat the system ... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Quadrilha do Reumático See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,781,164, 30 December 1979

Gross USA:

$26,869,286

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,869,286
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tito Goya, the actor who.plays the Gypsy Cab Driver, was arrested in 1985 for allegedly committing a murder in 1979, the year this film was produced. He died of a liver ailment before the charges ever went to trial. See more »

Goofs

Joe and Al leave Kennedy Airport in full daylight - yet don't arrive in Las Vegas until well after dark, an impossibility for a direct flight heading five hours west during the summer months. See more »

Quotes

Willie: What if we get shot?
Joe: What's the difference?
Al: Yeah, Willie, what's the difference?
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A masterpiece
17 December 1998 | by Pace-3See all my reviews

This is #2 on my all time favorite movies list. It's a real hidden gem. It stars George Burns (in the performance of his career), the always brilliant Art Carney, and the excellent Lee Strasberg as three old senior citizens who decide to rob a bank out of boredom. Martin Brest who later went on to direct such fine films as MIDNIGHT RUN, SCENT OF A WOMAN, and BEVERLY HILLS COP has his debut film here and without a doubt it's still his best. The story is so original and the performances are so outstanding that this film is really a masterpiece in my eyes. It's funny, exciting, surprising, and extremely touching. The screen writer Tony Bill takes a unrealistic situation and makes it extremely realistic. The Queens backround is perfect. A great, hidden masterpiece of a movie.


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