Tag Archives: Robert Redford

The Old Man and the Gun

IT’S NOT ABOUT MAKING A LIVING. IT’S ABOUT LIVING. In 1981, just as the police are beginning to figure out that a string of bank robberies are committed by the same old men, Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) meets Jewel (Sissy Spacek) by chance… This easy-going comedy-drama was based on a New Yorker article about a … Continue reading The Old Man and the Gun

William Goldman, 1931–2018

In the clip above from 1997, Charlie Rose is talking to William Goldman, the celebrated, Oscar-winning screenwriter, who criticizes Hollywood’s way of making movies. A starting point is Goldman’s most famous quote, “Nobody knows anything”, which is how he brilliantly began his much-respected book on the business, “Adventures in the Screen Trade”, published in 1983. … Continue reading William Goldman, 1931–2018

Margot Kidder, Speaking Her Mind

Margot Kidder seemed like a fun person to interview, the kind of celebrity who doesn’t shy away from telling you what’s on her mind. We see a little bit of that in the quick chat above, an interview in Perth from 2013. If you want more of that, you should read the excellent interview she … Continue reading Margot Kidder, Speaking Her Mind

Barefoot in the Park

BROADWAY’S BAREST, RAREST, UNSQUAREST LOVE PLAY.  Newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter (Robert Redford, Jane Fonda) move into their new Manhattan apartment… which turns out to be tiny, and a source of friction between the couple. A successful adaptation of the Neil Simon play, which was reportedly based on his first marriage. Redford and Fonda reunited … Continue reading Barefoot in the Park

Our Souls at Night

When two elderly neighbors (Robert Redford, Jane Fonda) begin to share a bed at night, simply to cure their loneliness, the arrangement doesn’t sit well with everybody in their lives… The director of The Lunchbox (2013) delivers another romantic drama for grownups, one that unites the two stars onscreen for the first time since 1979. … Continue reading Our Souls at Night

The Electric Horseman

Former professional rodeo rider ”Sonny” Steele (Robert Redford) only does PR events nowadays… until he’s fed up, steals a very valuable but mistreated race horse and goes on the lam. Sydney Pollack and Redford reunited for this pleasant romantic comedy after making several movies in the 1970s; Jane Fonda joins them as a reporter looking … Continue reading The Electric Horseman

The Sting: Good-Hearted Grifters

… ALL IT TAKES IS A LITTLE CONFIDENCE. One of David S. Ward’s first scripts introduced us to the world of confidence men. Not that they hadn’t been seen on screen before The Sting, but Ward found a new angle. He based his story on two actual grifters called Fred and Charley Gondorf, brothers who … Continue reading The Sting: Good-Hearted Grifters

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

IN HEROES WE TRUST.   Captain America and Black Widow (Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson) are sent on a mission to liberate S.H.I.E.L.D. hostages, but soon find the entire organization threatened from all sides. The filmmakers’ purpose was to fuse a 3D superhero movie with the trappings of 1970s paranoia thrillers, with Robert Redford serving as … Continue reading Captain America: The Winter Soldier