It will be hard to top director Martin Brest’s 1979 movie Going In Style, a 1979 heist comedy starring Lee Strasberg, Art Carney, and George Burns. Director Zach Braff has that enviable task with the remake, but thankfully he has three excellent and seasoned actors (Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman) to help his cause.
With this version, the three lifelong buddies attempt to rob the Williamsburg Savings Bank in Brooklyn. Their decision to go criminal is spurred on by the dissolution of their pension funds due to a corporate merger.
At first, Arkin was hesitant to do the project but he made a few story suggestions to help shape the narrative. “I turned it down,” said Arkin. “I felt my character was a cliche and I also thought it was gratuitous. We rob a bank and I felt there was no reason. It was just three old guys with no experience who were robbing a bank. It just seemed stupid to me . . .I outlined the bare bones of what their motivation would be and they went for it and that was it. It seemed to have made a difference from what I gather.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Caine, Freeman, and Arkin talk about what type of advice they would give to their younger selves (Caine mentions a memorable Winston Churchill quote):
Going In Style opens nationwide today.