Take the Money and Run
Take the Money and Run (1969)

This offbeat comedy finds inept career criminal Virgil Starkwell (Woody Allen) continually failing at his chosen profession. When he tries to rob a bank, he can't convince the bank personnel he is really a robber. His wife Louise (Janet… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Whatever its genesis, Allen's scraggly rhetoric evolved into the dominant comic style of the 70s.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Allen has made a movie that is, in effect, a feature-length, two-reel comedy -- something very special and eccentric and funny.

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Fernando F. Croce

A work of despairing acuity dressed up as a skittering gagfest.

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Variety Staff

A few good laughs in an 85-minute film do not a comedy make.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Woody Allen's first directorial achievement is a frequently hilarious, sometimes misfiring satire of crime movies.

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Time Out

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.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Rosenblum even suggested the use of New Orleans jazz on the soundtrack, which became a staple of future Allen projects.

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Emanuel Levy

This good natured, episodic spoof of gangster movies was Woody Allen's first film as a director.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Devon Bott
Take the Money and Run is a surrealist crime comedy that's little more than a loosely bound series of gags, and yet somehow the whole thing works. Woody… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
I used to love this movie when I was a youngin' - but now it seems lame.
Jennifer Xu
I remember I was reading some Woody Allen Q&A session with Eric Lax and he was talking about how inexperienced he was while making this movie and how… More
xGary Xx
Another of Woody Allen's earlier, more joke orientated spoofs, this has some really funny moments in his once favoured mockumentary style.
Aaron Neuwirth
Virgil: After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her, and after half an hour I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse. Woody Allen's first big… More
Michael Gildea
One of Allen's funniest. The cellist in the marching band and the Dillinger bit were classic.

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