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Going in Style

Martin Brest's 1979 comedy, about a trio of creaky retirees in Queens who decide to rob a bank, gets a plodding millennial update from Zach Braff, directing a script by Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures). In the original movie the old guys (George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg) were just bored, but the new crew of geezers (Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin) are working stiffs who've been screwed out of their pensions and one is struggling to pay off a balloon loan on his house. (Thankfully, one of the executive producers, Steven Mnuchin, is now treasury secretary and can start cracking down on that stuff.) Braff races through the planning and execution of the robbery, probably because the original film's premise seems even more far-fetched in our modern security state. With Ann-Margret, Matt Dillon, John Ortiz, and Kenan Thompson.

Credits

Director:

  • Zach Braff

Cast:

  • Morgan Freeman
  • Michael Caine
  • Alan Arkin
  • Ann-Margret
  • Joey King
  • John Ortiz
  • Peter Serafinowicz
  • Kenan Thompson
  • Matt Dillon
  • Christopher Lloyd

Producers:

  • Donald De Line
  • Toby Emmerich
  • Samuel Brown
  • Michael Disco
  • Steven Mnuchin
  • Andrew Haas
  • Jonathan McCoy
  • Tony Bill
  • Bruce Berman

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