TIFF 2018: The Old Man & The Gun

Robert Redford in the film THE OLD MAN &; THE GUN. Photo by Eric Zachanowich. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved.

Being billed as Robert Redford’s final acting performance, the actor delivers quite possibly for the last time in The Old Man & The Gun.

We’re taken back in time to 1981 when Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) was planning so many bank robberies.  What’s so perplexing about it was that this old man couldn’t have been nicer to the bank tellers.  In the words of many of them, he was pretty much almost a perfect gentleman!  The only thing stopping him being truly perfect is the fact that he would go on to rob them.  But he does so with manners!  Taking into account everything she knows about him, Jewel (Sissy Spacek) still wants to be with him.

Dallas PD detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck) focuses on the hunt for Tucker when he’s at the bank during one of the robberies.  It’s not so much a cat-and-mouse game but it does drag out until Tucker is finally caught.

Without Robert Redford, cinema will likely never be the same.  His performance in The Old Man & The Gun shows the Oscar winner is still very much a master at his craft.

DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER:  David Lowery
CAST:  Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., John David Washington, with Tom Waits and Sissy Spacek

Following the world premiere at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival, The Old Man & The Gun will hold its International premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.  Fox Searchlight will open the film in select theaters on September 28, 2018.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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