After a long and storied career as one of the most iconic actors in Hollywood, Robert Redford is retiring. And his last movie, The Old Man and the Gun, feels like a fitting swan song.
The Old Man & the Gun is an upcoming 2018 American crime comedy film. The film is based on the true-life story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession a career criminal and prison escape artist.
The Old Man and the Gun is far from an action-packed heist movie. Instead, the period piece is a quiet ’70s-set film about an old career criminal who wants to do nothing else with his life. Directed by David Lowery (A Ghost Story), The Old Man and the Gun feels like a direct callback to the ’70s new age of Hollywood during which Redford was at the peak of his career.
Redford announced his retirement in 2016, saying he had two acting projects left before officially saying “goodbye to all that.” The first project, “Our Souls at Night,” debuted on Netflix last fall, and the second is the Lowery star vehicle.
What better way for Robert Redford to go out from the movie business than with a ’70s fedora on his head, his guns blazing?
A columnist for the Miami Herald summed up the capture of Forrest Tucker, the longtime prison fugitive and leader of the Over-the-Hill Gang, this way:
“There is something vaguely appealing about Tucker. . . . Old guys are not regularly associated with high crimes. . . . Tucker must also be admired, in a twisted way I admit, for pulling off an incredible escape from San Quentin prison in San Francisco. . . . Tucker might have made a fortune selling the escape yarn to Hollywood and holing up somewhere. Instead, he chose to resume the line of work to which he was dedicated. . . . The aging Robin Hood took from the rich, who were probably loaded with insurance.”
The film stars Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits and Sissy Spacek. The script is based on David Grann’s 2003 article in The New Yorker titled “The Old Man and the Gun”, which was later collected in Grann’s book The Devil and Sherlock Holmes.
The film is scheduled to be released on October 5, 2018, by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Ref. Wikipedia, MSN/entertainment.com, thenewyorker.com, miamiherald.com, slashfilm.com, foxsearchlight.com
Photo: official movie poster via Fox Searchlight Pictures