The Old Man & the Gun (USA)
Show times: 6:30 & 8:20 pm
Director: David Lowery
Cast: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek
Runtime: 93 minutes
National Board of Review: Top Ten Independent Films of Year; Golden Globe Nomination, Best Actor Comedy or Musical: Robert Redford; Toronto Internatinal Film Festival Nomination: People’s Choice Award; San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Nomination: Best Adapted Screenplay. 5 other nominations.
“Forrest Tucker’s swan song moments in The Old Man & the Gun are well tailored for Robert Redford’s swan song as an actor. It’s a damn good performance that also serves as a fitting curtain call.”—Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Written and directed by David Lowery (A Ghost Story) and featuring magnetic performances from Academy Award winners Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek, The Old Man & The Gun breathes invigorating new life into an old genre.
Based on the true story of career criminal and prison-escape artist Forrest Tucker, the film revives a cinematic tradition of reflecting on America’s outlaw fixation while delivering an exhilarating tale of felonious mischief.
Having first been put away at age 15, Forrest (Redford) has spent much of his life in jail and much of his energy breaking out – he successfully escaped incarceration 18 times. Forrest is now in his seventies, free, and living in a retirement community, yet he cannot resist the lure of another bank heist. He assembles a gang who, though armed, rely mainly on creativity and charisma to claim their loot. They are pursued by Detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), whose official duty is galvanized by the purity of his love for the chase.
With Redford subtly invoking his own storied resumé as the embodiment of a certain masculine ideal, and a sublime supporting cast that includes Danny Glover, Tom Waits, and Elisabeth Moss, The Old Man & The Gun is both entertaining and elegiac. Infused with Hollywood’s history of outlaw charm, this is the type of glorious bank-robber movie they just don’t make anymore.