The Old Man & the Gun

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The Old Man & the Gun
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Lowery
Produced by
Written byDavid Lowery
Based onThe Old Man and the Gun
by David Grann
Music byDaniel Hart
CinematographyJoe Anderson
Edited byLisa Zeno Churgin
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • August 31, 2018 (2018-08-31) (Telluride)
  • September 28, 2018 (2018-09-28) (United States)
Running time
93 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$10.6 million[2]

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.[3]

The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 31, 2018 and was released in the United States on September 28, 2018, by Fox Searchlight Pictures.


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.



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.[4][5] In March 2017, Tika Sumpter, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Elisabeth Moss, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. joined the cast of the film.[6][7] In April 2017, Keith Carradine joined the cast of the film.[8]


Principal photography began in Dayton, Ohio on April 3, 2017.[9]


In March 2017, Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired distribution rights to the film.[10] It had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 31, 2018.[11][12] It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2018.[13] The film was scheduled to be released October 5, 2018,[14] but was pushed up to September 28, 2018.[15]


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."[16] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 79 out of 100, based on 43 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[17]


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  2. ^ "The Old Man & The Gun (2018)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Murthi, Vikram (2016-11-11). "Robert Redford Announces Retirement From Acting". IndieWire. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  4. ^ Barraclough, Leo (October 28, 2016). "Casey Affleck Joins Robert Redford in 'The Old Man and the Gun'". Variety. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Coggan, Devan (October 28, 2016). "Robert Redford, Casey Affleck to star in crime movie The Old Man and the Gun". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  6. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (March 23, 2017). "Tika Sumpter Joins Casey Affleck In 'The Old Man And The Gun". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  7. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (March 23, 2017). "Fox Searchlight Landing Robert Redford & Casey Affleck Starrer 'Old Man And The Gun'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (April 18, 2017). "Keith Carradine On The Case For 'Old Man And The Gun'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  9. ^ "The Old Man and the Gun". Directors Guild of America. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  10. ^ Winfrey, Graham (March 24, 2017). "Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Buys 'The Old Man and The Gun,' Grasshopper Film Picks Up 'Bronx Gothic' and More". Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  11. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (August 30, 2018). "'First Man,' 'Front Runner' and 'Roma' Among 2018 Telluride Film Festival Selections". Variety. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  12. ^ "Telluride Film Festival Program Guide" (PDF). Telluride Film Festival. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  13. ^ Vlessing, Etan (July 24, 2018). "Toronto: Timothee Chalamet Starrer 'Beautiful Boy,' Dan Fogelman's 'Life Itself' Among Festival Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (April 19, 2018). "Robert Redford's 'The Old Man and the Gun' Lands Awards-Season Opening". Variety. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  15. ^ Perez, Rodrigo (June 5, 2018). "'The Old Man And The Gun' Trailer: Robert Redford Will Act One Last Time For Director David Lowery". The Playlist. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "The Old Man & the Gun (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "The Old Man & the Gun (2018)". Metacritic. Retrieved October 27, 2018.

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