The RFT members have chosen The Old Man and the Gun as their Members’ Choice film for this season. It’s Dallas, Texas in the early 1980s and police are baffled by a series of heists by a trio of venerable bank robbers who soon become known as the “Over-the-Hill Gang.” Their leader is the mythic figure of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford at his craggy, twinkly, charismatic best), a gentleman thief who is so unfailingly courteous to bank staff that they scarcely notice he’s robbing them blind. If, as reported, The Old Man and the Gun is Robert Redford’s last film then
The film follows Stan & Ollie on their tour of Britain in 1953, very late in their careers, and at a low point professionally, out of fashion in the States, their relationship under stress and needing money. Every character is wonderfully realized, every performance is spectacular. You’ll laugh all the way through, you’ll cry by the end, and you’ll see the brilliance of Laurel & Hardy come back to life via the very same cinematic magic that made them legends in the first place. UK/Canada/USA 2018 – Directed by Jon S. Baird with Stephanie Hyam, John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan – 97
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