Faith and Film: The Old Man and the Gun
Movie Review by Fr. Tom Condon, O.P.
Robert Redford has said that The Old Man and the Gun would be his final movie. At 80, Redford still has a great face, and a quick smile. Despite the wrinkles, he still has star quality. This would be a fitting final movie for his legendary film career. But it has so much charm, I hope he changes his mind.
Redford plays Forrest Tucker, a 74 year old bank robber in a story that we’re told is “mostly true.” Although he carries a gun, he never shoots it. He robs banks for the fun and the thrill of it, and never intends to hurt anyone. He smiles during his robberies and is described by witnesses as being “nice” and “polite.”