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Going in Style (1979)

George Burns , Art Carney , Martin Brest  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg, Charles Hallahan, Pamela Payton-Wright
  • Directors: Martin Brest
  • Writers: Martin Brest, Edward Cannon
  • Producers: Fred T. Gallo, Leonard Gaines, Tony Bill
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00013WVKI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,797 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Going in Style" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Dinah!" segment featuring Geroge Burns & Art Carney

Editorial Reviews

Three senior citizens in their 70s who live together are slowly decaying in endless days with nothing to do but feed the birds. One of them comes up with an idea - rob a bank. They certainly could use the money if they get away with it and if they are caught, what could happen to three old men?

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An underappreciated heist comedy-drama. September 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Pretty much overlooked when it came out in 1979, this film is a rare gem. George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg play three retirees sharing a house in Queens. Bored and bitter, Joe (Burns) talks Al and Willie (Carney and Strasberg) into going in on a bank robbery. The three get a real buzz out of pulling off the job, the only excitement they've had in years. But what seems to have been the perfect crime soon begins to have tragic consequences. When Willie dies from a heart attack, Joe and Al take off for Vegas where they wind up getting into a once in a lifetime crap game. This excursion then takes on tragic consequences of its own, leading up to a bittersweet ending. While all three of the leads are terrific, it is really Burns who carries the film. I believe this to be his best film work. For those who have always felt that a little bit of George goes a long way, you should check this film out to see what a truly remarkable acting talent he could be when given the material. His work here is totally devoid of the "cuteness" that marked a lot of the films he was in such as "Oh, God!" A truly Oscar-worthy performance. One wonders what the atmosphere on the set must have been like with Burns and Carney, two masters of schtick, and Strasberg, the father of modern method acting. Whatever the chemistry, it definitely shows up on screen.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent comedy-drama July 27, 2004
Format:DVD
A trio of elderly retirees (George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg), who live together in a New York apartment, decide to escape the deadly tedium of their waning years by robbing a bank. They complete the job successfully, but find that life goes on and a little bit of cash doesn't change everything. Director/writer Martin Brest and his talented cast avoid the easy road of aiming for a riotous comedy about some cute old men who break the law. These are fully developed characters, and there are some moments of powerful acting as the story takes these men to some very dark places. Those who think of Burns and Carney as the epitome of old-time jokey vaudeville-style humor may be surprised by their understated and effective performances. Of course, Strasberg, the father of method acting, is reliably superb. There is real joy in this film as well. The scenes in which the three old friends seem to come alive again during a day spent in the city preparing for their bank job and a later one in Las Vegas are wonderful and feature very good acting. Recommended./
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching March 4, 2005
By Jim
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A very touching comedy/drama with three men looking to find some excitement in their idle twilight years. Just wish a soundtrack would have been put out as the music is fabulous.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Caper Film for the Young and Old October 17, 2005
Format:DVD
"Going In Style" is one of those rare movies that has a clever concept as well as a character-driven story. Burns, Carney, and Strasberg all give fine performances as three retirees who decide to spice up their dull lives by robbing a bank.

This film proves that youngsters can enjoy a movie about oldsters when the characters in it try to find a way to feel young again.

The DVD also has interviews with Art Carney and George Burns on the Dinah Shore show, which is very funny. I would have liked to see more features, though, like commentary by writer/director Martin Brest. Otherwise, a great caper movie for the young and young at heart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Comedy January 5, 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
If you like the best actors this country has seen and will probably not see again--vetran talent--see Going in Style. I remember it from when it came out over twenty years ago--I have not stopped laughing yet. It is the film that made me laugh the hardest--Carney, Burns and Strausberg are gone--but their legends live on in this great work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This needs a re-mastering & release onto Blu-ray December 22, 2013
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One of the best movies with a focus on older folks EVER made. Period. Every actor gets his opportunity to shine and they all do, with gusto. This is, without a doubt, George Burns at his absolute best as an actor. He simply IS the heart of this movie. He is by turns sympathetic, bitter, confused, remorseful, angry, delighted, ashamed, self-loathing and of course, always cantankerous. He's just pitch-perfect here. And relatively new at the time actor Charles Hallahan really shines as Pete, the nephew of Art Carney's delightfully loveable teddy bear character, Al. You knew that Hallahan had good things ahead of him with his wonderful turn in a small, but memorable part. Carney steals every scene he's in. The Vegas crap table scene is pure movie magic with two old pros just having an absolute blast and they are a joy to watch together. Lee Strasberg's character doesn't get much screen time, but the key emotional scene between him & Art Carney shows why the man was such a well-respected acting legend. It's still hard to believe that a movie about the elderly could be so winning, insightful and touching... and was written by a then 27 year old man! Kudos to writer/director Martin Brest!

The DVD is an early Warner Bros release in one of those annoying cardboard snapcase boxes, with essentially zero extras. Sadly, all the main contributors of this little masterpiece have long since passed on now, with the exception of director Martin Brest. They really dropped the ball by not tasking someone with getting interviews with and/or commentary from Burns & Carney while they were still with us. I understand that Going in Style is currently being remade as a vehicle for Bill Murray, so perhaps the original will get dusted off and released onto Bluray when the remake hits theaters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A heist film stolen by George Burns
It's hard to believe I saw GOING IN STYLE at the movies way back in 1979 but despite how much I enjoyed it, to this day I have yet to get around to seeing it again. Read more
Published 9 days ago by J. L LaRegina
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 24 days ago by Stoney
5.0 out of 5 stars Really a cute movie!
We really enjoyed this movie . And who would have suspected three retirees! Nicely paced, great actors and what did they have to lose! Can't miss with this one!
Published 4 months ago by Happy Cooker
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh and cry at the same time
A well thought out movie, filled with real people - lonely and frustrated and wanting more....like most of us.
It is tender and sensitive - I will watch it again.
Published 4 months ago by Anita Lippman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!!
This was a gift for my husband who mentioned he loved the movie.....It is just as great as we remembered it!
Published 8 months ago by Victoria Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie.
This is a real classic! Really makes you wonder what life is going to be like when you get old.
Published 8 months ago by Mae P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Should rated as a classic
George Burns, Art Carne, and Lee Strasburg all did an excellent job in this movie. This movie is relatable to everyone, I think, in today's economic society. Read more
Published 9 months ago by David H. Schmitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old movie
This movie is great. I had seen it years ago and wanted to buy it. I have watched it over and over.
Published 9 months ago by J.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Our All Time Favorite Movies
For us this is just one of those fun movies to watch. To have three old guys completely bored out of their minds, looking for some excitement in their lives and how they go about... Read more
Published 10 months ago by TAB
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss It!!!
A film for adults ... thoughtful, sweet and completely engaging ... the three actors are superb!!!
Makes one feel and think.
Published 10 months ago by Pasquale DelVecchio
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