FILM TITLE: THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN
GENRE:
CONSUMER ADVICE: 10-12PG L
DISTRIBUTOR: FILMFINITY (PTY) LTD
DIRECTOR: DAVID LOWERY
MAIN CAST: SISSY SPACEK, DANNY GLOVER, ROBERT REDFORD
LANGUAGE: Low to mild impact, very infrequent, crude.
NUDITY: NONE
PREJUDICE: NONE
SEX: NONE
VIOLENCE: Low, implied, little to no sense of threat.
BLASPHEMY: NONE
DRUG ABUSE: NONE
COMMENTS: The events of this story are mostly true. The film is set in Texas, 1981. A detective named John Hunt unknowingly becomes witness to a bank robbery where a polite and charming old man walked into the bank, politely asked for the money and walked out without anyone being the wiser. Detective Hunt decides to go on the case and discovers that there has been a string of robberies with the same polite old man labelled as the culprit, with two other elderly men. The police start calling them the "over the hill" gang. Detective Hunt discovers from the man's estranged daughter that his name is Forrest Tucker - a career criminal from childhood and master escape artist as he has escaped prison 16 times in his life. Forrest continues to see Jewel, who has no idea of his other life but finds out when he is eventually caught some time in late 1981. He serves his time in prison and spends some time with his laddy Jewel after his release but after a few weeks he starts robbing banks again and is caught once more.


This film contains complex and mature themes of crime investigations, bank robberies, catching criminals and romance. These themes are treated light heartedly and sensitively with little to no sense of threat and menace, however the film does romanticize Forrest's love for robbing banks as it is shows it in an idealistic and unrealistic manner that makes his life of crime seem better than it really was for purposes of making the film more interesting rather than make crime an attractive way of life. Themes would not be appropriate for viewers below the age of 10 as the themes may be misleading and confusing for young and impressionable viewers who may misunderstand the film and its intention. Viewers aged 10-12 may find themes mature but not likely to cause harm, with parental guidance to provide reassurance, the film may be of entertainment and historical value.