Take the Money and Run (1969)
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When Woody Allen's fans refer to his "earlier, funnier" pictures, they often cite his directorial debut as a shining example. Co-written by Allen and Mickey Rose, this side-splitting takeoff of crime documentaries stars Allen as Virgil Starkwell, a sweetly inept career criminal. The film's most celebrated sequence involves Virgil's inability to write coherent holdup notes ("I have a gub"), but others include Virgil's losing battle with a recalcitrant coke machine and his misguided effort to
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Whatever its genesis, Allen's scraggly rhetoric evolved into the dominant comic style of the 70s.
It has plenty of hilarious jokes and concepts, like the ventriloquists' dummies at prison visiting time, and the return home from a chaingang break with five shackled cons in tow.
Allen has made a movie that is, in effect, a feature-length, two-reel comedy -- something very special and eccentric and funny.
Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run has some very funny moments, and you'll laugh a lot, but in the last analysis it isn't a very funny movie.
Rosenblum even suggested the use of New Orleans jazz on the soundtrack, which became a staple of future Allen projects.
Woody Allen's first directorial achievement is a frequently hilarious, sometimes misfiring satire of crime movies.
This good natured, episodic spoof of gangster movies was Woody Allen's first film as a director.
Sight gags and one-liners abound in this funny Woody Allen comedy, one of his earliest.
Not really good, but interesting early Allen.
The plot is just a thin excuse on which to hang Allen's nonstop visual and verbal antics.
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- The Narrator: Although he does not make the 10 Most Wanted list, he does win Gangster of the Year Award and is asked to speak at many luncheons and universities.
- Virgil Starkwell: Nobody's going to be wearing beige to a bank robbery, it's in poor taste.
- The Narrator: On July 11, Virgil and Louise marry. It is a simple ceremony following what he later described as a deeply moving blood test.
- Virgil Starkwell: All I know is my heart was really pounding and I felt, I felt a funny tingling all over, you know, and I, I don't know, I was either in love or, ah, I had smallpox.
- Virgil Starkwell: And he said, "Well, do I think that sex is dirty", and I , I said, "It is if you're doing it right."
- Virgil Starkwell: When she asked me some questions about Mozart, she got suspicious 'cause, ah, for a minute, ya know, I couldn't place the name.
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