The old man & the gun

Directed by David Lowery

Starring Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck 

The movie is about Forrest Tucker, a man who has spent most of his life in and out of jail for robbing banks. The film starts with Tucker robbing a bank and as he is getting away he manages to outsmart the cops by stopping to help Jewel, whose car had broken down in the highway. The plot really is nothing new, the story is a cops and robber’s story, the interesting part is that the thieves are old and achieve their “goals” in a peculiar way and described by the bank managers as being very polite and happy. The movie in itself is charming and it is carried by the performances. Maybe they could have gone deeper in the past of the character, but it was wise to limit the film to his later years and keeping the film under two hours. It’s not a film I would recommend to everyone because even though it is not a bad film, apart from the performances there is not much new or exciting to see.

The film is based on a true story. Forrest Tucker is known for escaping prison at least 16 times, even if he said it was 18 times, he just appears to love robbing banks. The incredible thing is that at the age of 79, while living in a retirement town in Florida he robbed four more banks and was caught in 2000 and died in prison on 2004 (Wikipedia, 2019). 

I learned while reading about the film that this will be Robert Redford’s final appearance on screen. He has said in interviews that this was likely his last acting job. His career speaks for itself and 82 years old he was still making good films and getting recognition for them. He has left an amazing body of work from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Sneakers, All the Presidents Men and Ordinary People for which he won the Oscar for best director. 

The rest of the cast includes great performances from Casey Affleck as the detective who is trying to catch Tucker. Sissy Spacek as Jewel, the girl he meets while escaping the police and Danny Glover as a partner in Tucker’s crimes. 

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