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Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin

Joe, Willie and Albert are lifelong friends, who spent decades working at a steel mill and are now struggling to make ends meet in their dotage. Joe is looking after his divorced daughter and granddaughter so they can save up to send her to college, while Willie and Albert have shared a house for 25 years.

 

Joe’s mortgage repayments are skyrocketing and while he’s in the bank one day, trying to get a handle on his finances, robbers burst in and easily escape with over $1.6 million – with one of them showing him mercy when he finds out about his situation.

 

Things get worse when their former company ships its manufacturing process overseas and dissolves its pension fund. With the mortgage situation meaning Joe and his family will be homeless within 30 days if they can’t pay up, and Willie discovering he’s gravely ill, they discover that the bank will also be hoovering up their pensions.

 

With the robbery fresh in his mind, Joe hatches a plan and reveals it to Willie and Albert – they’re going to rob the bank to reclaim what’s rightfully theirs.

 

Going in Style is a remake of 1979 heist comedy film of the same name, starring George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg. The 2016 version was written by Theodore Melfi. While the original saw the would-be villains arrested for their crime, Melfi wanted a more upbeat ending for the reboot. “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,” he explained. “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. The producers agreed, and that’s how that script was born”.

 

Caine and Freeman have great chemistry – partly due to the fact that they’d shared the screen in 5 other movies together, prior to Going in Style, all with sequels. Freeman played the role of Lucius Fox and Caine, the role of Alfred Pennyworth in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. In Now You See Me and Now You See Me 2, Freeman played the role of Thaddeus Bradley and Caine, the role of Arthur Tressler.

 

If you enjoy irony, you’ll love this: one of the co-producers on Going in Style is Steven Mnuchin, appointed as Secretary of the US Treasury by Donald Trump. During the 2009 financial slump, Mnuchin made a sizeable fortune by investing in several banks which foreclosed on people’s homes when they couldn’t afford the repayments.

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