1. He robbed the bank rather than the individual because he knew, if he went to the same teller, he would get AT LEAST a big deposit, and all the other money in the drawer.
2. Elliot Gould didn't ID Harry because he didn't want Harry to be questioned about the bank robbery, as that would focus attenion on EG again. He set up the arrest to get Harry off the street and off his back, but in a way that wouldn't draw attention back to the bank.
3. How did he originally find the first unused note? That was clearly shown in the early scene where EG was flirting with SY, writing with his fingernail on the 2-part deposit slips. The pressure on the top form left no mark, but due to the carbon paper the image of what he wrote was visible when he revealed the copy underneath. Clearly, the bank robber had written his first, unused note while standing at that counter, and the 2 part form was underneath the note he wrote, so a carbon copy was visible.
10 years ago
Exactly. The movie is remarkably good for a low-budget thriller, with good performances from all the actors involved to add to it. One of the two best films (along with "A Little Romance") that I saw in 1979.
Looking at it nowadays, it suffers a bit in the pacing department, because we've all gotten used to post-MTV editing.
MTV, along with "A Streetcar Named Desire", identify two of the seminal breakpoints in filmmaking, that can make it difficult for someone to watch when they are first getting used to the differences before/after. Just as acting changed from "casting to type" to "real" acting after streetcar, the pacing of almost all films sped up considerably starting around 1980 or so. Older films with car chase sequences, like Bullitt or The French Connection, whose chase sequences were believed very frenetic and fast when released, seem almost comically slow to modern eyes. It's not just merely the stunts that have changed, but the expectation of the audiences to how "fast" the cuts and events occur.
10 years ago
I totally agree, I just can't get used to flash cut editing, it seems to have got much quicker post 1995, but thankfully seems to have slowed down considerably now.
I just can't watch some films, the editing ruins the story, and the stunts are just completely ott cgi.
Oh god its official, I'm now old :) (I'm 38)
I come in peace, Shoot to kill!!!
6 years ago
After Harry knew for sure that Miles would give him considerable trouble in trying to get the money back, does it not make more sense for Harry to simply case and rob another bank in a different part of town or a different city?
Admittedly Harry had had to do some prep work (which Miles didn't) in casing and robbing the place, but after a certain point wouldn't it simply be easier to start again?
Or does the plotting of the entire film depend solely on wounded pride and professionalism?
Just an idea. Please post with any thoughts.