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|Originaltitel:||The old man & the gun|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 93 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
When the 70-year-old gentleman Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) enters a bank, nobody suspects anything bad. The elderly gentleman seems too friendly and charming. But appearances are deceptive, because Forrest is a notorious bank robber. Even though he's been in prison 17 times, he just can't let it go. Why, after all, he has managed to escape from every prison so far. Together with his two accomplices (Danny Glover, Tom Waits), the gentleman-gauner roams the country and robs one bank after the other. Only when the investigator John Hunt (Casey Affleck) follows the heels of the trio could Forrest's life in freedom soon be finally over for good…
With "A crook and a gentleman" Robert Redford leaves the film business after almost sixty years. At over eighty, the Oscar winner has more than deserved to enjoy his retirement. For his farewell performance, Redford has once again teamed up with director David Lowery, for whose "Elliot, the Dragon" he already stood in front of the camera in 2016. The story told in their second collaboration sounds somewhat absurd, but is based on true events. Based on a newspaper article by David Grann from the New Yorker, Lowery uses the story mainly to show Redford at its best once again.
Because the role of the charming bank robber and escape king is perfectly tailored to Redford. He can once again play out everything that has made him stand out in the course of his career. His reserved, but always convincing play, his shining eyes, through which women's hearts flew to him in rows, and an almost mischievous charisma, with which he could always convince both in romantic roles and as an action hero. Sure, the movie has two more Oscar-winners on board with Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck and also has a really top-class cast. But even if Redford never consciously plays himself into the foreground, this is still his show, in which all the others are just nice accessories.
That also applies to the story. It's really fun - just because it's based on true backgrounds - and also has some wonderful moments to offer. But to be honest, she is also told a little bit too slow and therefore drifts into insignificance again and again. Nevertheless: David Lowery has staged a Hollywood film of the old school for Redford, which doesn't actually exist anymore. And even if it's a bit too good and slow, it's still an absolutely worthy farewell for one of the great Hollywoods. Therefore there is for "A crook and gentleman" also quite clearly a deserved: Absolutely worth seeing!
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