Take the Money and Run

Synopsis: This film is presented as a documentary on the life of an incompetent, petty criminal called Virgil Starkwell. It describes the early childhood and youth of Virgil, his failure at a musical career, and his obsession with bank robberies. The film uses a voice over narrative and interviews with his family, friends and acquaintances.
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Woody Allen
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

Sometimes, uh,

he'd exaggerate at the truth.

Sometimes, he, uh... you know,

just plain lies.

He does have a criminal record.

Yes, but that doesn't mean

the boy was all bad.

Unable to fit in with any aspect

of his environment,

Virgil strikes out on his own.

In an effort to shed some light

on this period of his life,

we spoke with his father and mother.

They are ashamed of their son's

criminal record and so wear disguises.

He was a good boy.

Oh, come on.

If he was a good boy,

why are we wearing these?

He's rotten!

He's a gangster, that's what he is.

Oh! How can you say that!

He was so bright.

- And he loved music.

- And he was an atheist.

I tried to beat God into him.

But he was too tough.

He was trying to get away

from us and be independent

and make his own life

and be a human being on his own.

You are a very dominating person.

- What?!

- You are!

And he was trying to find himself.

Ok, look, I'll talk to you later

about the whole thing.

Vowing he will never serve

his full term.

Virgil plans an elaborate escape using

a bar of soap and some shoe polish.

Guard, guard!


You've got to take me

to the infirmary!

- What's the matter?

- Don't ask!

Virgil's attempt to escape

is dealt with harshly.

His sentence is extended

in an additional two years.

1956 is a happy, go-lucky year

for most people.

Virgil sees none of it

from his tiny cell.

He marks time by reading.

Until one day,

a new opportunity arises.

We need volunteers

for an experiment.

The doctors want someone

to be inoculated with a new vaccine.

It has never been tried on

humans before,

so we do not know what

the side effects may be.

To be honest,

you'll be taking a chance.

As a reward, there's a parole.

I'm sure there are some among you

brave enough to take the risk.

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Heywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, and playwright, whose career spans more than six decades. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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