Woody, the unlucky fellow

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German title Woody, the unlucky fellow
Original title Take the money and run
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1969
length 85 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Woody Allen
script Woody Allen, Mickey Rose
production Charles H. Joffe
music Marvin Hamlisch
camera Lester Shorr
cut Paul Jordon

Woody, the bad luck raven (original title: Take the Money and Run) is an American feature film from 1969. The film is one of the first mockumentaries in feature film history, a slapstick comedy that is structured in the form of a documentary.


The focus is on the criminal career of the criminal Virgil Starkwell. Born into an environment of poverty, he has to deal with the difficulties of the lower class from an early age. Time and again his glasses are crushed, and later his beloved cello is also destroyed. So he decides to just take what he wants. Of course, it quickly becomes clear that Virgil is full of criminal energy, but the implementation of his bold plans fails again and again because of his clumsy nature. After several prison escapes and attempts to recover, he is sentenced to 800 years in prison. Virgil hopes that with good leadership he will only have to serve half of that. Nonetheless, its next outbreak is already being planned.

The film is based on the anti-social personality disorder .


  • Lexicon of international films: tragic comedy with parodic elements about the life and milieu of a bad luck persecuted neurotic boy from the slums who, in the eyes of the law, is developing into a dangerous criminal, but in reality just not up to the 'American way of life' is. Deep amusing entertainment.

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  1. Woody, the unlucky fellow. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed January 7, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used