The Old Man & The Gun (12A)



Drama (2018)
93mins US

Starring: Casey Affleck, Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek
Director: David Lowery
Writer(s): David Lowery
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Forrest Tucker pulls off a series of bank robberies, often with ageing associates Teddy and Waller. During the getaway from one hold-up, Forrest evades police by stopping to help a stranded motorist called Jewel. Sparks of attraction fly over a cup of coffee. Meanwhile, Texas detective John Hunt becomes fascinated by Forrest's far from illustrious career on the wrong side of the law and is secretly relieved that the old timer is always one step ahead of the police.

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The Old Man & The Gun (12A)

Robert Redford makes his final screen appearance before retirement in David Lowery's gently paced crime caper - a (mostly) true story, which is also an unabashed valentine to the charismatic leading man. Based on a 2003 article of the same title in The New Yorker magazine, The Old Man & The Gun possesses a simple, old-fashioned charm epitomised by the 82-year-old star at the film's emotionally molten centre. Photographed in lustrous close-up, Redford beguiles us with each glance into camera as real-life bank robber Forrest Tucker, who ran rings around the authorities and escaped from San Quentin State Prison in a canoe...

The Old Man & The Gun. Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Sissy Spacek as Jewel and Robert Redford as Forrest Tucker in The Old Man & The Gun, directed by David Lowery. Photo: Eric Zachanowich. All Rights Reserved.Lowery pays homage to his star by lovingly re-appropriating footage from Redford's 1966 picture The Chase as one of these close brushes with the law. "Looking sharp will take you a long, long way," coos Forrest at one point. Redford could almost be reflecting on his own ascent into the pantheon of well-heeled Hollywood greats in such classics as Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, The Sting, All The President's Men and Out Of Africa. In Lowery's picture, he discharges that star wattage one final time in swoonsome exchanges with fellow Oscar winner Sissy Spacey. Dialogue between the couple is light and playful, kindling a smouldering on-screen partnership that casts a satisfying glow over every frame.

The film concentrates on events in 1981 when Forrest pulls off a series of bank robberies, often with ageing associates Teddy (Danny Glover) and Waller (Tom Waits). "He had a gun... and also, he was sort of a gentleman," one Dallas bank employee confesses to police after Forrest casually 'withdraws' a large amount of bills from tellers' drawers. During the getaway from one hold-up, Forrest evades police by stopping to help a stranded motorist called Jewel (Sissy Spacek). Sparks of attraction fly over a cup of coffee. Meanwhile, Texas detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck) becomes fascinated by Forrest's far from illustrious career on the wrong side of the law and is secretly relieved that the old timer is always one step ahead of the police. "I'm sorry you didn't catch him," commiserates John's wife Maureen (Tika Sumpter). "I'm not," he responds tenderly.

The Old Man & The Gun is the cinematic equivalent of a warm hug: comforting, heartfelt and undeniably pleasurable in the moment. Lowery's script stages a couple of tense robberies with aplomb but characterisation always takes priority, and there is a lovely scene of verbal to-and-fro between Forrest and John in the corridor of a roadside diner. Redford remind us why he has been setting hearts aflutter on screen for more than 55 years and Affleck is an appealing sparring partner in a game of cat and mouse where everyone, including us, wins.

- Sam Cannon

The Old Man & The Gun. Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Sissy Spacek as Jewel and Robert Redford as Forrest Tucker in The Old Man & The Gun, directed by David Lowery. Photo: Eric Zachanowich. All Rights Reserved.


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Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 7th December
To Thursday 13th December

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberfeldy, Birks Cinema
- Altrincham, Everyman Altrincham
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Belfast, Queen's Film Theatre
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Brighton, Duke Of York's Picturehouse
- Bristol, Orpheus Henleaze
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bury St Edmunds, Abbeygate Cinema
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chichester, Chichester Cinema At New Park
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Colchester, Curzon Colchester
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundee, DCA: Dundee Contemporary Arts
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Eastbourne, Curzon Eastbourne
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Filmhouse
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Galway, EYE Cinema
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Everyman Glasgow
- Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Keighley, Keighley Picture House
- Knutsford, Curzon Knutsford
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Letchworth Garden City, Broadway Cinema & Theatre
- Letterkenny, Century Cinema
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Louth, Playhouse
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Midleton, The Gate Midleton
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Broadway Cinema
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Penzance, Savoy
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Curzon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Showroom Workstation
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Smithfield, Light House Cinema
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford Picturehouse
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Truro, Plaza Cinema
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Windermere, Royalty Cinema
- Worthing, Connaught 2 Screen Cinema
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Everyman York
- York, Vue York
From Friday 14th December
To Thursday 20th December

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberfeldy, Birks Cinema
- Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh Cinema
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, The Electric Cinema
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Brighton, Duke Of York's Picturehouse
- Bristol, Orpheus Henleaze
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Burton-on-Trent, Red Carpet Cinema & Cafe Bar
- Bury St Edmunds, Abbeygate Cinema
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Campbeltown, Campbeltown Picture House
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chichester, Chichester Cinema At New Park
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dundee, DCA: Dundee Contemporary Arts
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Eastbourne, Curzon Eastbourne
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Filmhouse
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gerrards Cross, Everyman Gerrards Cross
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Greenock, The Waterfront Cinema
- Halifax, Square Chapel Arts Centre
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hexham, Forum Cinema
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Keighley, Keighley Picture House
- Leeds, Hyde Park Picture House
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Letchworth Garden City, Broadway Cinema & Theatre
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Liverpool, Everyman Liverpool
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Malvern, Malvern Theatres
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Northampton, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Royal & Derngate
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Broadway Cinema
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Penzance, Savoy
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Showroom Workstation
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, MacRobert Arts Centre
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Totnes, Dartington Arts Centre
- Truro, Plaza Cinema
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
- Windermere, Royalty Cinema
- Wolverhampton, Light House
- Workington, Plaza Cinema
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Vue York


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