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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - David Strat­ton

The Old Man & the Gun (M) Real-life bank rob­ber For­rest Tucker car­ried out scores of heists dur­ing a life­long ca­reer and was still at it in 1981, when he turned 76. The story of this re­mark­able crim­i­nal is told by di­rec­tor David Low­ery, who has writ­ten and di­rected a movie about Tucker’s later ex­ploits. Robert Red­ford, who plays the old crook, has said this will be his last screen role and, if that proves to be the case, The Old Man & the Gun is not a bad way to end a dis­tin­guished ca­reer. Low­ery takes a shaggy-dog ap­proach to the ma­te­rial, typ­i­fied by the slyly amus­ing scene in which Waller (Tom Waits) ex­plains why he’s not a fan of Christ­mas. For mo­ments such as this, the film is ap­peal­ing with­out be­ing es­pe­cially mem­o­rable.

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