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VINE VOICEon 9 April 2013
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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VINE VOICEon 26 April 2013
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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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. Pacino asking for a dance is pretty much a reshoot of the same scene in Scent Of A Woman except he can see. Walken's performance is great, he provides advice and reminiscence but is largely a straight-man to Pacino's wild-man. Arkin is solid, again no runaway and the girls at the cat-house (the stunning duo Lucy Punch - Hot Fuzz - & Katheryn Winnick) really add a lot of comic-relief and eye-candy to the production.

So, all this praise and why the four-stars? Well the thing is, despite the hi-jinx and action-packed duration which includes a self-recapping moment where Pacino recounts all of his sins he committed in just this one-day to a Catholic priest in confession (hilarious), SUG is just a rehashing of characters already played. These hugely capable actors don't push the envelope in any respect and it just seems to be another in an endless string of self-parodying films containing geriatric actors (The Red &The Expendables franchises) who constantly run around paraphrasing Lethal Weapon, saying that they are "too old for this ....". All of this is set to fantastic soundtrack featuring some real classic soul hits that are featured prominently in the film.

Extra Content: American Muscle: The Stand Up Stunt Driving Scenes featurette, The Lowdown On Making Stand Up Guys featurette, The Stand Up Songs Of Jon Bon Jovi featurette - of all the music in the film, Jon Bon Jovi was the one I was least interested in hearing from.... There are a couple of deleted scenes and there is an audio-commentary with Director Fisher Stevens.

Whilst SUG is a great film, it's largely a pastiche of other gangster movies, it's exciting, has some great actors, beautiful women and sterling production values but it's all been done before. Recommended, but it's not going to blow you away.
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A gangster movie for old geezers as Al Pacino gets out of the slammer to face the revenge of his former boss. A strange mixture of violence, erectile dysfunction and saccharine sentiment, saved by Christopher Walken's quiet acting.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 7 November 2013
Before I wrote this, I checked out some of the other reviews and, based on what I read, you're probably not going to agree with me. Apparently, from what I've seen, the majority of people who watched `Stand Up Guys' really enjoyed it.

I'm not saying that it wasn't an okay film, but, based on having two of the greatest actors in the leading roles, I thought it was going to be better than it was.

Christopher Walken plays a hitman who's charged with the task of `offing' Al Pacino who has been released from prison after 28 years. The only trouble is... they're friends and so Walken takes Pacino on one last night of hell-raising.

It's a good premise and it is at its best when it's sentimental. However, it was also billed as a `comedy' and I didn't find that much to laugh at (primary some smutty jokes about the problems elderly men have between the sheets and that's about it).

Pacino overacts and Walken underacts. And, no matter how great the actors are (and they are great!), the somewhat average script makes little more than an average movie.

I didn't hate it. It passed an hour and a half. It's just I was expecting better, but, like I say, there are a lot of very positive 4 and 5 star reviews, so what do I know?
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 September 2015
The movie starts with echoes of Jake and Elwood as Christopher Walken’s Doc greets Al Pacino’s Valentine as he is released from prison, and similar to John Landis’ brilliant 1980s film The Blues Brothers this is a tale of loyalty and friendship. However, Doc and Val are not musicians but elderly gangsters facing the reality of their twilight years and having to make hard choices. This tale is also reminiscent of Tough Guys, the1980s movie starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, but the writing lacks the quality and pathos of that screenplay. Although both Pacino and Walken appear to be having a whale of a time, especially when Alan Arkin makes his all too brief appearance, much of the jokes are lame and occasionally embarrassing (the erectile dysfunction and Viagra overdose incident springs to mind). Therefore, despite the hardy efforts of the three lead actors, for me this film was a massive disappointment.
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on 13 April 2015
A surprisingly entertaining movie featuring three of Hollywood's finest elder statesmen. Pacino is the recently released ex convict who hooks up with his pal played by Walken determined to make the most of his first night out of prison while in the background the local gangster waits for revenge on the ex con. Alan Arkin plays their old friend and retired gangster who is just waiting to die but gets taken on the town so he can bow out in style. A good mix of comedy, action and emotion delivered by a classy cast. Well worth 90 odd minutes of your time.
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on 9 November 2015
A brilliant film with acting from three 'aged' actors who have surpassed their previous acting. I am not a big fan of Al Pacino but in this film he has come of 'age' with me.

It really is a great film and well worth the entrance buy it! You will not be disappointed.
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on 2 May 2014
An unusual story acted out by three of the best American actors. Pacino is released from jail after 28 years and Walken has to Kill him other wise he and his family will be killed . Arkin is co-opted and now these three great friends try to find a way out.
For me the clincher is that I can understand every word that is uttered. It is unusual also because there is hardly any chasing around in cars, gunfights, bombs etc as in most American gangster movies. The dialogue is beautifully scripted and so amusing that one wonders all along whether these three old men will ever resolve matters.
I loved it.
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on 29 January 2014
Pacino. Walken. Arkin.
Need I say more?
The script is not very strong, but it's funny, lively, and the actors, even if they ham it up a little, are in well-defined territory for them. So they bring with them backstory, a feeling of "belonging" in this genre, which smoothes over some awkward moments. All in all, and even if there are a few "Viagra" jokes that some people think are beneath them and beneath the acting range of an Al Pacino, I really really enjoyed this movie, and hope you'lle give it a try
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