The Old Man & the Gun
|The Old Man & the Gun|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David Lowery|
|Written by||David Lowery|
|Based on||The Old Man and the Gun|
by David Grann
|Music by||Daniel Hart|
|Edited by||Lisa Zeno Churgin|
|Distributed by||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
|Box office||$10.6 million|
The Old Man & the Gun is a 2018 American biographical film written and directed by David Lowery, based on the true-life story of Forrest Tucker, a career criminal and prison escape artist. The script is based on David Grann's 2003 article in The New Yorker titled "The Old Man and the Gun", which was later collected in Grann's 2010 book The Devil and Sherlock Holmes. It stars Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits and Sissy Spacek. It is Redford's final role, as he announced his intent to retire from acting in August 2018.
At the age of 70, career criminal Forrest Tucker makes an audacious escape from San Quentin, conducting an unprecedented string of heists that confound authorities and enchant the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are rookie detective John Hunt, who becomes captivated with Forrest's commitment to his craft, and a woman who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.
- Robert Redford as Forrest Tucker
- Casey Affleck as John Hunt, a police detective assigned to track down Forrest.
- Sissy Spacek as Jewel, Forrest’s love interest
- Danny Glover as Teddy Green
- Tika Sumpter as Maureen Hunt, John’s wife.
- Tom Waits as Waller
- Elisabeth Moss as Dorothy
- Isiah Whitlock, Jr. as Gene Dentler
- Keith Carradine as Captain Calder
- John David Washington as Lieutenant Kelley
- Augustine Frizzell as Sandrine
- Gene Jones as Mr. Owens
In October 2016, it was announced Casey Affleck and Robert Redford had joined the cast of the film, with David Lowery directing the film, from a screenplay he wrote. James D. Stern, Jeremy Steckler, Dawn Ostroff, Redford, Anthony Mastromauro, and Bill Holderman will serve as producers on the film under their Endgame Entertainment, Condé Nast banners, respectively. In March 2017, Tika Sumpter, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Elisabeth Moss, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. joined the cast of the film. In April 2017, Keith Carradine joined the cast of the film.
In March 2017, Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired distribution rights to the film. It had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 31, 2018. It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2018. The film was scheduled to be released October 5, 2018, but was pushed up to September 28, 2018.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 89% based on 152 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A well-told story brought to life by a beautifully matched cast, The Old Man & the Gun is pure, easygoing entertainment for film fans - and a fitting farewell to a legend." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 79 out of 100, based on 43 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
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