We meet Forrest Tucker in a bank, he is dressed in a suit, with his curly hair, mustache and rugged good looks, as he requests that the teller fill his leather bag with money. He is polite, and such a nice man, but he indicates he has a gun and will use it, if necessary. He has two accomplices, his age, Tom Waits who has such lovely white hair, ( he does not sing, only acts), and Donald Glover the handsome old coot. These three men become known as The Old Men. Robert Redford is Forrest Tucker, and what a life he has led.
This bank robbery is not a one timething, by the time Casey Affleck, who plays a detective, has a bank robbery in his city, he discovers many robberies of the same kind have been committed in 5 states, and the number rises every week. This is a cat and mouse adventure. Forrest and Casdey’s character interact, u til some5h9ng strange occurs.
At the same time, Forrest has met a widow he falls in like with. Sissy Spacek, plays this widow, and she is spectacular. I fell 8n love with her, and I am not an easy catch. A fun and adventurous film. It is not too dramatic, and slow in some places, but it is a good film. Redford looks his age, and in 2018, he told us he was retiring from acting, our big loss. Go see the film, or rent it. I sawvit in a plane.
Not normally my kind of film, however the chance to see Robert Redford’s final big-screen appearance in a (sort of) true crime drama seemed to good an opportunity to pass up – and I’m glad I didn’t. Pass it up that is. The whole affair is as gentle and as slight as you would expect, but this doesn’t stop it from being an absorbing and reflective meditation on life, love, and how we never really feel the age we biologically are. With Danny Glover and Tom Wait assisting Redford’s Forrest Tucker in committing a string of robberies whilst well into their seventies, and Sissy Spacek impressing as a widowed rancher whose subtle charms reel our hero in to a late-life relationship (although refreshingly there is no suggestion that this is ever a romantic one), the film also features Casey Affleck as the dogged detective attempting to catch the silver-haired trio as they hold up bank after bank with a smile and an apology – meaning that the tellers and managers are lured into parting with their cash more easily than if the gang had been snarling ruffians. An adaptation of a New Yorker article, the film undoubtedly paints its protagonists in a sentimental light whilst acknowledging that they are still crooks; vaguely akin to the presentation of Redford and Paul Newman’s’ own famous screen bank-robbers Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid; perhaps this is deliberate; perhaps accidental, what matters is that the film is engaging and sweet and a fitting send-off for an actor who long ago transcended mere ‘movie star’ status to become an icon. There is some definite reference to Redford’s screen past, with Affleck’s detective leafing through pictures of the younger Tucker that are obviously from the actor’s own film career, but this indulgence is easily forgivable and only adds to the movie’s charm.
Very few actors have the kind of instant charm that Redford does. In The old Man and the Gun, which may be his final performance, Redford is Forrest a man who's passion is robbing banks. Through out the movie you sense his sheer exuberance for life his willingness to take the opportunities open to him and all the while he seems at ease with a huge smile on his face.
The story is a fun tale and it should be mentioned that it's a true story! I don't want to go into the story too much as it's a fun ride. Hugely enjoyable.
This is some what of a slow plodding movie. The Americans doing a art house style movie, something they are not particularly good at, but don't let that put you off because it's not a bad attempt. The movie start well with an aged Redford sticking up a bank. No violence or drama, the rest of the people in the bank don't even realise there is a robbery going on, he does it with such calmness and polite bravado you can't but help admire his style and the escape is also calm, unhurried and calculated and it sets the tempo for the rest of the movie. Based on the reminiscence of the real bank robber and set in the nineteen seventies and at first one can't help but be so fascinated by this guy and his exploits that it doesn't need high speed action and car chases. How ever the story flags a little about two thirds to three quarters the way through and I was a little disappointed with the ending. But all in all quite an enjoyable movie just nothing spectacular.
Set in 1981 this is based upon a true story taken from a magazine article about a career criminal who is dating a now-grown 'Carrie'. He tells her he is a traveling salesman and true enough, he does travel, he robs banks. He has a perverse joy of making tellers cry and telling them, "There is a first time for everything.'
A lawman has to be culled up to be his nemesis with their obligatory encounter in a ...MENS WASHROOM! Eventually some of his daring escapes are shown in flashback and the shattered lives he left behind are briefly mentioned.