Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘The Old Man & The Gun' (USA)
11 Jun 2019
Robert Redford, in his final performance, plays Forrest Tucker, a career bank robber whose eighteen audacious prison breaks included one from Alcatraz in a homemade kayak. Following that escape at the age of 70, he and two elderly colleagues (‘the Over-the-Hill-Gang’) embarked upon to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded the authorities. No ordinary criminal, smartly dressed, charming and impeccably courteous, Tucker robbed banks with a casual opening of his jacket to reveal a gun and a few kind words for his victims.
The chemistry between Redford and Sissy Spacek, the last love-interest in Tucker’s life, is a beguiling highlight of the film, whilst a stellar cast includes Casey Affleck as the obsessive Dallas detective on his tail. The result is a captivating and thoroughly enjoyable comedy drama, aptly summarised by ‘Time Out’ as “a throwback to an era when making beautifully understated crime comedies was the peak of Hollywood's ambition (before all the spandex took over).”
Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (in person or by telephone on 020 8240 2399) or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/. Tickets are also available on the night (cash only).
Presented by Richmond Film Society
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