Take the Money and Run

1969 PG 1h 25m DVD

Take the Money and Run

1969 PG 1h 25m DVD
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Music-loving nebbish Virgil Starkwell launches his criminal career at a young age, but despite his failure to successfully pull off a single bank heist, he continues on an endless string of botched stickups even after he weds and starts a family.
Woody Allen, Janet Margolin, Marcel Hillaire, Jacquelyn Hyde, Lonny Chapman, Jan Merlin, James Anderson, Jackson Beck, Howard Storm, Mark Gordon, Micil Murphy, Minnow Moskowitz, Nate Jacobson
Woody Allen
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital Mono
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that there is gunplay -- harmless and bloodless -- and reckless driving in this madcap comedy that makes a hero out of a criminal character. Grownup ingredients include bedroom talk and a montage suggesting nudity in (pre-marital) sex. Some jokes trade lightly on ethnic images and stereotypes, particularly of African Americans and Jews.

Sexual Content

A very mild, poetic montage suggesting nudity in (pre-marital) sex. Virgil's wife embarrasses him by talking (non-clinically) about their bedroom issues. Virgil is blackmailed by another woman who knows of his criminal past into a sexual relationship, but nothing is shown. Homosexuality is mentioned.


Pistols and rifle fire, but nobody ever hit or hurt. Some slapstick roughhousing and gags in which characters get bashed, pummeled, exploded, or whipped, just offscreen.


"S--t" is said once.

Social Behavior

Most of the characters here are simply drawn or joke stereotypes, some of them using popular clichÃs of African Americans and Jews (but not to an offensive extreme). You wouldn't want kids to imitate Virgil Starkwell (and in a passing but trademark Woody Allen gag, he's described as having been brought up as a "good atheist"), but that's part of the joke. His lawbreaking shows no meanness or sadism, even though he kills a woman blackmailing him.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Brief social drinking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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