Based on a true story — or mostly, as the trailer cheekily teases — the crime drama stars Redford as the real-life Forrest Tucker, a septuagenarian career criminal who escaped prison at 70 and completed a string of bank heists.
The tone of the film is more retro and laidback than dark and gritty that you may have imagined from the premise, and Redford is in his easygoing Sundance Kid mode here. He’s so disarmingly charming and polite that Tucker’s robbed victim describes him thusly: “Well, he had a gun. But he was also sort of a gentleman.”
This is the kind of vintage cool vibe that could give Oscar voters all the feels. The Oscar-winning director had said in 2016 that he planned to retire from acting after finishing his upcoming projects, and this was one of them. He currently has no new roles lined up.
“The Old Man and the Gun” also stars Redford’s fellow Oscar winner Sissy Spacek, as his love interest who knows all about his dirty deeds, and Casey Affleck, as the detective chasing Tucker. Danny Glover, Tom Waits and Tika Sumpter round out the cast.
This is Redford’s second film with Lowery, who directed him in 2016’s “Pete’s Dragon.”
“The Old Man and the Gun” opens in select theaters Sept. 28.