Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"The Company You Keep"

I hit the Redbox at Giant Eagle yesterday and rented a pretty damn good movie, "The Company You Keep", that I don't remember getting a whole lot of play when it was released in theaters earlier this year.  

The movie was directed by and stars Robert Redford who plays a single father with a private law practice in Albany, NY.  Turns out, however that he is really  former member of the 1960's radical Weathermen group who has been wanted for bank robbery and murder by the FBI for over thirty years.  A reporter for the Albany paper, played by Shia LeBeouf (and just how did he come up with that name) uncovers Redford's secret past and the manhunt begins.

While this is a fictional story, it does have some basis in truth since you often hear of such folks being discovered or turning themselves in after living 30 and 40 years past the date of their crimes, and those stories always fascinate me, and this movie does as well.

A terrific cast that includes Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Nick Nolte, and Stanley Tucci make this a movie worth seeing.

Robert Redford, by the way is now 77 years old - and how he happens to have an eleven year old daughter is explained in the movie - and I salute him for not undergoing the ravages of horrifying plastic surgery to which so many of his show biz peers have succumbed, although I do suspect that he does dye his hair.  He can best be described as "craggy", and for that he is to be applauded.

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