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  • Post last modified:November 18, 2018

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 real-life gentleman robber and prison escape artist in his 70s. A sweet romance plays out between the smiling career criminal and a widow who’s willing to accept him for what he is; we also meet a likable cop and family man who’s on Forrest’s trail. The movie looks like it was shot in 1981 and benefits immensely from Redford’s presence, echoing earlier work.

2018-U.S. 93 min. Color. Produced by Toby Halbrooks, Bill Holderman, James M. Johnston, Anthony Mastromauro, Dawn Ostroff, Robert Redford, Jeremy Steckler, James D. Stern. Written and directed by David Lowery. Cast: Robert Redford (Forrest Tucker), Sissy Spacek (Jewel), Casey Affleck (John Hunt), Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits… Elisabeth Moss, Keith Carradine, John David Washington.

Last word: “I tried to write the true crime version of this movie and the journalistic version of what really happened, and Robert Redford never felt like he fit into that. My idea of who Robert Redford was as an actor never really fit into the true story of Forrest Tucker. So what I realized over many, many drafts, I probably realized it right around the time I was working on ‘A Ghost Story’ after ‘Pete’s Dragon’, was that I needed to write the movie that Forrest Tucker would have wanted to see. I needed to write the version of Forrest Tucker that he saw in his own head as opposed to the one that really showed all the things he did.” (Lowery, SlashFilm)

 

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