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The jokes don't all work, and many seem tired, bearing witness to the ephemeral nature of humour, but the style and the execution are clearly under development, and it is clear that this was ground-breaking stuff when it first came out.
A forgotten and hilarious classic, Take The Money and Run doesn't have much to say about the human condition as Allen's later efforts do but it is a rousingly funny good time.
Considered by many as Woody Allen's first true film although he had made two mediocre features prior to this.
The clever mockumentary style of a Virgil an incredible unlucky but likable criminal that keeps trying despite his lack of success.
Despite its amateur camerawork Woody's quirk & wit bounced off the screen. Bring a Woody fan this is a must.
Jeez Louise, what a long way Woody has come! This movie is basically all of Woody's ideas thrown into a film. He had so many things he wanted to talk about but not enough time to cover them all so he comically just passes by them.
This movie, however, is very very Woody Allen. Everything he talks about in the rest of his films, his big influences like Groucho, and his witty style are all being developed here. They are no where near perfect but as a Woody Allen fan it's great to see where it all started.
This isn't going to be the best, funniest, or wittiest movie you'll ever see but if you're a Woody Allen fan, definetely give this a watch. It's the first chapter to my favorite book, I couldn't miss it and neither should you.
Woody Allen gets arrested robbing a bank, so he escapes from prison, but then he gets arrested robbing another bank, so he escapes again. Then he gets arrested again.
Allen carries the humour as weedy criminal Virgil, though is very much in his comfort zone. The other characters were a tad underdeveloped. Take The Money And Run is well shot despite some shaky-cam. It's not as visually amusing as it's trying to be compared to other Allen films. Though interluding confessional scenes worked brilliantly to colour the story and add humour, the pace of Take The Money And Run is uneven. I love Take The Money And Run. It's a film with flaws but belongs in the portfolio of comedic genius that Allen has built over decades.
WOODY ALLEN RETROSPECTIVE PROJECT PODCAST (ON ITUNES)
Fun early allen - inventive setting and narrative with mockumentary style, enjoyable but a bit repetitive and maybe ran 30mins too long, overall enjoyable and humorous
This Woody Allen spoof-styled film is mildly funny, but far better than spoof fare we get nowadays. Allen's portrayal of a dimwitted thief fits his real life persona well; nobody can make fun of themselves like Woody Allen can. You won't bust up laughing, but this lighthearted flick is decent enough to be enjoyable throughout.
Pour sa première vraie réalisation, Woody Allen s'attelle au genre du mockumentary avec Take the Money and Run. C'est sa principale qualité et son principal défaut. En effet, le genre du mockumentary permet à Woody Allen d'enchaîner les gags sans perdre le rythme et de créer un véritable décalage, sur lequel repose son humour si particulier. Cependant, cela lui évite aussi de créer une véritable intrigue et une véritable ambiance, ce qui donne à Take the Money and Run son côté film épisodique et donc très peu cinématographique. C'est d'autant plus dommage qu'il y montre aussi une facette intéressante lorsqu'il s'intéresse à l'histoire d'amour entre lui et Janet Margolin. La séquence de leur rencontre est un délice, par exemple. Malheureusement, Take the Money and Run n'est finalement qu'une suite de gags sans big payoff, très bien mise en musique par Marvin Hamlisch. Elle n'en demeure pas moins hilarante.
Woody Allen delivers plenty of laughs in this memorable mockumentary of an inept criminal. The jokes, however, tend to be repetitive. (How many laughs were we supposed to get out of his parents wearing Groucho Marx disguises while his dad calls him an atheist and says he would have beat him? Because this happens like five times in the movie.)