The Old Man & the Gun | Chicago Reader

The Old Man & the Gun

Throughout his movie stardom Robert Redford has often been drawn to characters whose flaws suggest dark undercurrents beneath the charm and chiseled good looks. His proclaimed farewell to acting is this beguiling heist film in which he portrays real-life bank robber and jailbreaker Forrest Tucker, an elderly gentleman bandit who wields affability, not bullets, during a rollicking early 1980s crime spree. Adapting David Grann's 2003 New Yorker article, writer-director David Lowery (Pete's Dragon, A Ghost Story) uses Super 16 millimeter to evoke the rough-and-tumble look of late 70s/early 80s indie films, and gives gemlike supporting roles to Danny Glover and Tom Waits as Tucker's "Over-the-Hill" gang, Casey Affleck as the lawman in hot pursuit, and Sissy Spacek as the horse farmer whose heart gets snatched. But mostly this is a career-capping showcase for Redford, who with subtlety and ease goes out in style after a great long run.



  • David Lowery


  • Robert Redford
  • Casey Affleck
  • Sissy Spacek
  • Danny Glover
  • Tom Waits
  • Tika Sumpter
  • Ari Johnson
  • Teagan Johnson
  • Gene Jones
  • John Washington
  • Barlow Jacobs
  • Augustine Frizzell
  • Jennifer Joplin
  • Lisa DeRoberts
  • Carter Bratton
  • Mike Dennis
  • Tomas "Dutch" Deckaj
  • Isiah Whitlock Jr.
  • Patrick Newall
  • Daniel Britt
  • Leah Roberts
  • Elisabeth Moss
  • Alphaeus Green Jr.
  • Keith Carradine
  • Kevin McClatchy


  • James Stern
  • Dawn Ostroff
  • Jeremy Steckler
  • Anthony Mastromauro
  • Bill Holderman
  • Toby Halbrooks
  • James Johnston
  • Robert Redford
  • Patrick Newall
  • Lucas Smith
  • Julie Goldstein
  • Tim Headington
  • Karl Spoerri
  • Marc Schmidheiny

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