It's not every week a movie legend prepares to bow out in style, but Robert Redford is doing just that in delightful new comedy-drama The Old Man & The Gun. It's purported to be the final on-screen appearance of his illustrious career, and many are tipping him for Oscar success.
Redford is nothing less than an icon of cinema, celebrated not just for his appearances in the likes of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but also his directorial career (he won an Oscar in 1980 for dysfunctional family drama Ordinary People). He's also the creator of Sundance Film Festival, the platform that has elevated so many indie filmmakers to global success.
Inspired by true events, The Old Man & The Gun is a salute to Redford's twinkly-eyed charm and 50-odd years in the movie industry. He plays gentleman bank robber Forrest Tucker who has been evading the authorities for much of his life – including an audacious escape from America's infamous San Quentin jail at the not-so-sprightly age of 70.
Realising that he's in the twilight years of his life, Forrest strikes up a relationship with Jewel (Sissy Spacek), while determined yet admiring police officer John Hunt (Casey Affleck) is in pursuit, vowing to get his man. Danny Glover, Tom Waits and Elizabeth Moss co-star in this gentle charmer from Pete's Dragon filmmaker David Lowery, and you can get a taster of Redford's performance in the following clip.
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