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Going in Style is a 2017 American heist comedy film directed by Zach Braff and written by Theodore Melfi. A remake of the 1979 film of the same name, it stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Joey King, Matt Dillon, Christopher Lloyd, Ann-Margret and John Ortiz, and follows a trio of retirees who plan to rob a bank after their pensions are cancelled.
The film premiered at the SVA Theatre on March 30, 2017 and was released in the United States on April 7, 2017. It received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $82 million worldwide against its $25 million budget.
Joe, Willie, and Albert are senior citizens and lifelong friends. During an unpleasant appointment at the bank, Joe is one of the victims to witness a robbery in progress carried out by three individuals wearing black masks. During the robbery, he notices the leader bearing a Mongol warrior tattoo on his neck as the only lead that could help the police identify the culprit. However, the leader sympathizes with Joe when he finds out about his current financial situation brought up by the bank. Then, the robbers manage to escape with over $1.6 million.
When the company they worked for is bought out, their pensions become a casualty of the restructuring. Joe is hit particularly hard and finds out that he, his daughter, Rachel, and granddaughter, Brooklyn will be homeless in less than 30 days. Willie finds out he's gravely ill from kidney failure and needs a transplant and is even more frustrated because his financial situation forces him into a long-distance relationship with his daughter and granddaughter. Desperate, the three friends decide to rob the bank that is going to restructure their pension funds and take back what is rightfully theirs.
Inspired by his experience of the robbery the other day, Joe originates the idea, at first Albert and Willie are appalled, but eventually agree when they later learn that their bank intends to steal their pensions. Trying to shoplift some items from a grocery store, where Al's love interest, Annie works, results in a comic disaster and the trio turn to Joe's former son-in-law, Murphy and a criminal working as a pet store owner named Jesus to teach them the ropes. They plan an alibi using their lodge's carnival as a cover. They disguise themselves as members of "The Rat Pack" (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr.) and use guns with blanks so that no one gets hurt. The robbery almost goes awry when Willie collapses briefly and a child witness partially pulls off his mask and she sees the wrist watch he wears with a picture of his granddaughter on it as he engages in a friendly conversation and sympathizes with her so as not to let her feel intimidated about the robbery in progress; however, the three manage to get away with over two million dollars. They are soon arrested on suspicion by FBI Agent Hamer after the manager from the grocery store recognizes Al's walk from the video surveillance cameras, but they all stick to their alibis.
Hamer then puts them along with some other senior suspects into a Police lineup using the child witness who partially took off Willie's mask, but she refuses to identify Willie; leaving Hamer with no case. Willie suffers total renal failure and is near death until Al agrees to donate a kidney. While part of the money is used to help the three friends with their financial situations, the rest is given to their families, friends, co-workers, and fellow members at the lodge. Joe finally gets his granddaughter a puppy he promised her if she got A's in every subject at school; courtesy of Jesus, who is later revealed to be the leader of the robbers from the robbery Joe witnessed and has laundered the money that they stole. The movie ends at Al and Annie's wedding as the three friends celebrate their good fortune.
Morgan Freeman as Willie Davis, one of the three protagonists.
Michael Caine as Joe Harding, one of the three protagonists.
Alan Arkin as Albert Garner, one of the three protagonists.
Joey King as Brooklyn, Joe's whip-smart granddaughter.
Maria Dizzia as Rachel Harding, Joe's daughter.
Matt Dillon as Special Agent Hamer, an FBI agent who investigates bank robberies.
Ann-Margret as Annie Santori, Albert’s love interest.
Christopher Lloyd as Milton Kupchak, the guys' senile lodge buddy.
Annabelle Chow as Lucy, the child witness.
Kenan Thompson as Keith Schonfield, a grocery store manager.
Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Mitzi.
John Ortiz as Jesus Garcia, a man of unspecified credentials who agrees to show the guys the ropes.
Peter Serafinowicz as Murphy, Joe's former son-in-law, Rachel's former husband, and Brooklyn's estranged father.
On October 12, 2012, it was announced that New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. were developing a remake of 1979 heist comedy film Going in Style, with Theodore Melfi set to write the script. Donald De Line was on board to produce the film with Tony Bill, producer of the original film, as executive producer. Melfi was approached by De Line and Andrew Haas about writing the screenplay for the remake, but Melfi insisted on changing the ending to something more upbeat. Melfi explained, "In this modern era, and even for me, I don’t want to see a movie where my heroes whom I’ve been fighting for and rooting for for two hours die or go to jail. I want to see them get ahead, and it’s perfect for them to get ahead these days because everyone hates banks now. So let’s have them put the perfect heist together, rob a bank, get away with it, and go off into the sunset. They said, 'Yes, let’s do that,' and that’s how that script was born."
On January 9, 2013, Don Scardino was hired to direct the film. On September 19, 2013, Melfi, who wrote the script was in talks to direct the film. On November 19, 2014, it was revealed that Zach Braff was in talks with the studio to direct the film, but he was not officially offered yet. On November 19, 2014, it was announced that Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine were cast in the film to play the lead roles, while Dustin Hoffman was in talks to join them. On April 9, 2015, Alan Arkin joined the cast of the film to complete the lead cast of three. On August 3, 2015, Joey King joined the cast of the film to play Caine's character's granddaughter. On August 10, 2015, Matt Dillon was added to the cast to play an FBI agent named Hamer, pursuing the three elderly lifelong friends and robbers. The same day, Ann-Margret was cast in the film for an unspecified role.
Principal photography on the film began in Brooklyn, New York City on August 3, 2015.Filming also took place in Astoria, Queens.
Directed byZach Braff
Produced byDonald De Line
Screenplay byTheodore Melfi
Based onGoing in Style
by Martin Brest
Music by Rob Simonsen
Cinematography Rodney Charters
Edited by Myron I. Kerstein
New Line Cinema
Village Roadshow Pictures
De Line Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
March 30, 2017(SVA Theatre)
April 7, 2017 (United States)
Running time 96 minutes
Budget $25 million
Box office $82.1 million