The Old Man and the Gun

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

“Sometimes a movie arrives that charms its way into your heart — and The Old Man & the Gun is just such an unassuming, exuberant gift….In this self-proclaimed “mostly true story,” Robert Redford — still defining movie-star magnetism at 82 — takes on the role of Forrest Tucker, a real-life bank robber who prides himself on having escaped from prison 16 times. You might call him a “gentleman bandit,” since he’s unfailingly polite to those he robs. Hell, he never even puts bullets in his gun…. He’s a breed apart from his cohorts, the other members of the so-called Over-the-Hill gang played by Danny Glover and Tom Waits; crossing the country from Texas to Missouri has taken its toll on these aged boys. They’re feeling their aches and pains. Not Tucker. He only feels the thrill of the chase. Even John Hunt (a winningly low-key Casey Affleck), the cop on Tucker’s trail, starts showing a grudging appreciation. If you don’t fall for the elderly rascal right away, you will when he meets up with a ranch widow named Jewel. As played by the glorious Sissy Spacek, whose flirty rapport with Redford is the essence of screen chemistry, this horse trainer is the audience surrogate. She can’t believe Tucker is the man he says he is. And when Jewel does accept it, she sticks with him anyway. On paper, the connection between the bank robber and the lady may seem like Hollywood pap. But watching Redford and Spacek court, spark and connect is a beguiling acting treat. Suddenly the camera disappears and there’s nothing between them and us. They’re magic” —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. PG-13. 93 Min.