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Dollars (1971)

Warren Beatty , Goldie Hawn , Richard Brooks  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Gert Fröbe, Robert Webber, Arthur Brauss
  • Directors: Richard Brooks
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CQONHC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,787 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dollars" on IMDb

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Goldie Hawn, freshly launched into stardom via TV's Laugh-In gives a bubbly but nuanced performance in one of her first feature-film roles, $ (also known as Dollars). She and costar Warren Beatty look so darn cute together (as they would again later in Shampoo), and have such terrific onscreen chemistry, that we forgive the writers for needlessly making Hawn's character a hooker. Still, to borrow from Working Girl, Hawn's Dawn Divine has a bod for sin--but also, it turns out, a mind for business, at least the kind of business that Beatty's tousled, charming criminal, Joe Collins, has in mind. The film is set on location in Frankfort and Bavaria, Germany, and Scandinavia, and the glorious feel of Europe in the early '70s is here in all its splendor--and grit. Collins' crime is a devilish international bank heist, complicated by language, communists, the Cold War, and next to no technology. It's a sort of a no-frills Oceans Eleven, without the 11 sidekicks.

$ can't quite decide if it's a farce or drama, but there's no question about its action chops; its chase scene is long and intense, and shot crisply and suspensefully by cinematographer Petrus R. Schlömp. The music is by Quincy Jones and is appropriately hip and rich, and Little Richard(!) sings the theme song, "Money Is…" But the reason to watch this film is to see the great chemistry between Hawn, at the beginning of her film craft, and Beatty, nearing his own peak. And to see a snapshot of the Western world circa 1970--which is truly priceless. Extras include some mini vignettes by Sony Home Entertainment about its "Martini Movies" series, including sly definitions of what makes a leading man ("he never lets the audience see him sweat"), how to pull off a heist, and, helpfully, several martini recipes. --A.T. Hurley




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Product Description

The stakes are high when a high-class hooker, Dawn Divine (Goldie Hawn), and a handsome con man, Joe Collins (Warren Beatty), team up for a Hamburg bank heist. They set their targets on the secret stashes of a shady army sergeant, a German drug dealer and a Vegas mobster. But when the crooks realize they've been double-crossed, Dawn and Joe must run for their lives in order to keep the loot.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb thriller! March 27, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this movie on television in the beginning of the 80's. I thought it was great fun then and when I bought the video last year I found it to be even better. Warren Beatty does a great job and so does the other actors. Quincy Jones great score adds to the suspense. My favorite scene is the chase on the ice. A wonderful movie that deserves more attention and respect.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the money January 7, 2008
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Filmed on location in Hamburg and other northern Europe settings around 1970, Dollars has a great look to it, the story is tight and plausible and the casting is great. The opening is a little confusing as the interweaving storyline is set in motion but it all comes together beautifully a third of the way into the action. There is so much going on in Dollars that multiple viewings will be rewarded, and the soundtrack is one of the best I've heard, especially if you like jazz, and is well matched to the action. Watching these veteran actors do their thing is a treat, so much more substantial than the lightweight junk being put out today. I can't believe this flick is so unknown.

and that one scene with Goldie Hawn, as someone said, how did that get past the censor!? Hilarious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TAKE THE MONEY, HONEY October 27, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
Vietnam era film that's all but disappeared! One problem is the title itself: it's listed as above and also $$$. (As an example, try looking up "The Departed" under "The"). Too bad, because Beatty and Hawn pull off an ingenious bank robbery in Europe, playing "Robin Hood" types preying on the gangland rich. Beatty's racing for safety scenes would make even Matt Damon (as Jason Bourne) jealous. The movie is both exciting and fun, a rare combination in 2007.You'd even think that Timothy Leary wasn't now among the "departed". Try to pick up a copy for the entertainment and/or for a collector's item.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stylish '71 production March 29, 2008
By Phil S.
Format:VHS Tape
[1988 Goodtimes VHS: 122 minutes].

Very strong performances by Beatty and Hawn plus an engaging soundtrack lift this hyperactive, semi-farce about international banking. They'll only rob from the rich...and give to themselves.
Beatty is a Bank Security Officer who can't stop muttering to himself no matter who is in earshot and Hawn is effective as a free-lance "Escort" who is a bit insecure in her new role as co-conspirator; she is a few years past her Laugh-In looniness and has come up with an interesting character.
This movie has traveled through the decades in a low-profile manner, which is surprising considering the successful careers of the two stars, plus Director Richard Brooks, and, of course, Quincy Jones.
The finale has some funky action on a frozen waterway, though the plot line has a certain stumbling forward momentum, nicely underscored in the early scenes by two Little Richard songs recorded in 1971 for this enterprise, "Money Is" (would have made a great movie title - seems that the powers-that-be have never decided if it's "Dollars", "The Heist", or "$$$"), and a risque rocker called "Do It - To It", both uptempo.
Richard fans, get this: these are *movie versions*, if you check out your well-worn vinyl, or the tracks revived on a 3-CD set of LR's Reprise sessions, released on Rhino Handmade.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technically, It's Very Precise August 29, 2000
By Borg9
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Aside from the killer soundtrack, Quincy Jones during his salad days(Is that Jean Luc Ponty playing the fiddle on ORANGEBLOSSOM EXPRESS?), I like this film because there is camera motion in nearly every shot. I doubt that the director, Richard Brooks, used storyboards to make this film. There's a scene in the first half where a police car zooms underneath an overpass just as the trailing coaches of two commuter trains break overhead. I wonder how Brooks set up that fantastic shot?! The chase which occupies the last 30 minutes is almost wholly on foot. This film has great performances by the supporting actors. Gert Frobe is comically bungling as the bank's manager. Arthur Brauss is menacing as the raspy voiced drug smuggler with rear-view mirrors in his shades, "the Candyman." And Scott Brady has a great turn as a corrupt army NCO. He gets my vote for best movie death scene; "From one ounce they will make three hundred thousand capsules of L.S.D...." Look for the scene where Robert Webber pays Goldie Hawn, the film's "hooker with a heart of gold," to "put out his fire." I'm surprised this scene got past the censors!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Neither fish nor fowl September 5, 2013
By Brian
Format:DVD
One of a spate of heist/caper comedies from the early-to-mid '70s ('The Hot Rock,' 'The Anderson Tapes,' 'What's Up, Doc?,' 'Foul Play,' etc.), many involving the top talent of the day, '$' doesn't fare much better or worse than its peers, mostly due to the manifest indecision over what type of animal the picture is meant to be. (What's to blame in these cases-- an overvalued screenwriter reined in by meddling studio execs? the objectives of an autocratic director colliding with those of nervous investors?-- is sometimes more interesting to ponder than the labored mechanics of the film.) This isn't to say you can't have two things for the price of one, but striking an audience-pleasing balance seems always to be the sticking point with these cross-genre affairs: too much action/suspense voids the humor; too much goofiness deflates the stakes; and so on. So back to '$,' which mixes good ingredients (Gert Frobe, Goldie Hawn and a fun little bank-robbery sequence) with bad (Warren Beatty, dull as ever; several poorly drawn background characters; and some very slapdash slapsticks wedged in at uneven intervals) in search of a winning formula, and whose overall effect isn't cohesive enough to constitute anything more than two hours' loose entertainment. As a fan of gritty '70s cinema, however, I must add that I enjoyed Richard Brooks' ('Blackboard Jungle,' 'Elmer Gantry,' 'Lord Jim,' 'In Cold Blood') nod to the kind of guerilla filmmaking that had become popular during the era, complete with kinetic, naturalistic camerawork invoking an urban edginess and underscored by some equally streetwise R&B riffs, making '$' a worthwhile time-capsule piece. 3-minus stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn poke the bear!
A bank heist takes place. Safety deposit boxes are emptied. Yet the robbery is not reported. The owners of the boxes cannot reveal the theft of their money. Read more
Published 10 days ago by daniel r. esian
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic
I saw it once on late night t.v and it became my favorite cult classic. Now, I don't have to wait another twenty years to see it as it's now in my collection.
Published 6 months ago by Lee Enfield
5.0 out of 5 stars $ (DOLLARS)
A very funny movie, If you enjoy the antics of Goldie Hawn, this is one of her better movies made.
Published 15 months ago by WUFFMAN
2.0 out of 5 stars A bank robbery gone melodramtic
Although a must for Goldie fans, this 1973 film does little to arouse the senses. Even this well-planned bank robbery is much too light-headed to offset the serious acting talent... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Lawrence Wegeman, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Goldie's Caper
Dollars [VHS]
DOLLARS is a heist flik, a clever, suspenseful scheme to rob the safety deposit boxes of a Swiss bank holding the illicit loot of thieves, smugglers, and... Read more
Published on May 23, 2011 by T. Pawels
4.0 out of 5 stars Running for "Dollars"
This is definitely an off beat picture! Goldie Hawn and Warren Beatty are extremely talented performers yet they spend much of this film going in opposite directions, in spite of... Read more
Published on March 19, 2011 by J. R. Stoddard
3.0 out of 5 stars $ (1971)
For some inexplicable reason, Amazon has removed the rate-movie feature from the main product page. One must now write a review in order to rate a movie and generate... Read more
Published on March 13, 2011 by Charles D. Fulton
5.0 out of 5 stars "DOLLARS" Right On the Money!
Money, a movie which is just about non existent, is a movie that I saw in the theater well over thirty years ago. Read more
Published on March 31, 2010 by Dwight Delarge
4.0 out of 5 stars Longest Chase Scene Ever?
The best part of this bank heist flick is the final third with one of the longest chase scenes I've ever seen on film. Read more
Published on July 5, 2009 by Craig Connell
3.0 out of 5 stars Early 70s Heist-Chase
Dollars is a bank heist-car chase movie from the early 1970s. Shot with a low-ball urban shoe-string look and sensibility. Read more
Published on November 10, 2008 by Steve
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