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Stand Up Guys 2012

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Old-timer gangster comedy starring Academy Award winners Al Pacino and Christopher Walken. Aging gangster Val (Pacino) is picked up by his old friend and partner Doc (Walken) as he is released from prison after serving a 28-year sentence for refusing to snitch on another associate. The two reflect on the times they've spent together before deciding to break their other partner (Alan Arkin) out of a retirement home to reunite the whole gang. In an attempt to relive their glory days they steal a car and wind up at a nearby brothel, but as time progresses they learn that one of them is holding a secret and there may be one last job on the cards...

Starring:
Christopher Walken, Al Pacino
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes
Starring Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, Bill Burr, Julianna Margulies, Craig Sheffer, Addison Timlin, Mark Margolis, Vanessa Ferlito, Katheryn Winnick, Lucy Punch, Alan Arkin
Director Fisher Stevens
Genres Comedy
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 28 October 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes
Starring Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, Bill Burr, Julianna Margulies, Craig Sheffer, Addison Timlin, Mark Margolis, Vanessa Ferlito, Katheryn Winnick, Lucy Punch, Alan Arkin
Director Fisher Stevens
Genres Comedy
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 28 October 2013
Main languages English

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By P. Waller VINE VOICE on 9 April 2013
Format: Blu-ray
A thrilling film from start to finish. Possibly one of Al Pacino's best roles to date along with Christopher Walken and a cameo role with Alan Arkin. It is not a film to watch sat next to your local vicar. It is simply life as it possibly is in the USA to some degree. I have no intention of spoiling your entertainment by relating the story as some posters sadly do other than to say if you like one or all of the 3 actors then you will not be disappointed. It is simply a great film.
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By chelios1981 VINE VOICE on 26 April 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Al Pacino, whilst acting royalty, has on times turned out the odd turkey, but with this he's back on great form. The same can be said for Christopher Walken, but no one can say that when these guys are on the A game they are dynamite to watch.

And thus this hybrid of comedy, thriller, and drama is superb, if far fetched and unbelievable at times, simply based on the subtle performances from the two leads it breezes along with it's short run time.

The story is simple - Pacino is released from prison and picked up by his old gangster buddy Walken, and they embark on a crazy booze, drug fuelled night of mayhem, involving numerous quirky characters, hookers, car chases, lots of food (random but they do eat a lot in a short space of time in this film) more hookers, assaults, robbery and much too much to list.

The film plays like a swansong to these old legends, as they reminisce about the past and indulge in everything on screen that made them such acting legends in other films.

Though no where near the same in tone (this is far more violent and foul mouthed) it did remind me of the Jack Nicolson/Morgan Freeman movie The bucket list, in that you got too very old world weary characters just hanging out doing wild stuff as they know there time in life is coming to a wind down.

Sometimes sweet, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but very memorable - a good watch.
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By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
Stand Up Guys (SUG) is the tale of Val (Al Pacino - Scarface) who, on his release after a 28-year stay in prison, is picked up by Doc (Christopher Walken - The Deer Hunter), an old-friend and work associate from back in the day. The two reminisce about old-times, the jobs they pulled and the women, juxtaposing their lives today. They look up the final member of their trio, ex-driver Hirsch (Alan Arkin - Argo) and decide to hit the town to live like the old-days. As things progress, it becomes clear that the past hasn't stayed the past as ageing mob-boss Claphands (Tio Salamanaca from Breaking Bad) still has a score to settle, can the boys hold their own like they used to? Time will tell...

Stand Up guys is a tale of ageing mobsters, full of retrospective introspection over their lives and the way they used to be. Pacino plays a brilliant character; Val, who no longer cares what the future holds for him after nearly 3 decades inside. His lust for life is commendable though as he really wants to experience things one last time, aided and supported by Doc in all manner of odd requests that bring about some really interesting scenes that allow this triumvirate of hugely capable actors to riff off of one another and let the acting flow. And it doesn't disappoint; SUG delivers ninety-five minutes of quality, even if it is a touch derivative.
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By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
Ex-wise guy Val (Pacino) is released from prison after 28 years for killing a Mafia Don's son. His old pal Doc (Walken) picks him up with the intention of whacking him within 24 hours due to pressure from the Don (Mark Margolis). However Val isn't going out without one last big night on the Town!

Overall Stand Up Guys is a gratifying film on various levels, mixing old school charm, subtle humor & a little playful smut to make it palatable enough to sit through. The majority of the film focuses on the characters with their family, friendship, regrets, ageing, reliving their past antics one last time & trying to put things right before they shuffle off this mortal coil. Which includes a lot of sitting, drinking, eating or sniffing pharmaceuticals in diners & clubs. Frequenting the local brothel, breaking into a pharmacy for viagra & handing out some old school justice. They're are a few pieces of excitement to keep you awake & break things up, as Doc's will he, won't he whack Val story line rumbles along underneath, keeping you kinda guessing, and it does briefly finish in a stylish fashion, albeit with one of those love/hate ambiguity endings.

The acting isn't the finest work from the trio, but more than amiable. Al Pacino (Scarface) is the lively, excitable risk taker & catalyst of the evenings events. Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter) is well, Walken, laid back going with the flow as Val's piggy bank. Alan Arkin (
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