Tag Archives: Robert Redford

Barefoot in the Park

BROADWAY’S BAREST, RAREST, UNSQUAREST LOVE PLAY.  Newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter (Robert Redford, Jane Fonda) move into their new Manhattan apartment… which turns out to be tiny, and a source of friction between the couple. A successful adaptation of the Neil Simon play, which was reportedly based on his first marriage. Redford and Fonda reunited … Continue reading Barefoot in the Park

Our Souls at Night

When two elderly neighbors (Robert Redford, Jane Fonda) begin to share a bed at night, simply to cure their loneliness, the arrangement doesn’t sit well with everybody in their lives… The director of The Lunchbox (2013) delivers another romantic drama for grownups, one that unites the two stars onscreen for the first time since 1979. … Continue reading Our Souls at Night

The Electric Horseman

Former professional rodeo rider ”Sonny” Steele (Robert Redford) only does PR events nowadays… until he’s fed up, steals a very valuable but mistreated race horse and goes on the lam. Sydney Pollack and Redford reunited for this pleasant romantic comedy after making several movies in the 1970s; Jane Fonda joins them as a reporter looking … Continue reading The Electric Horseman

The Sting: Good-Hearted Grifters

… ALL IT TAKES IS A LITTLE CONFIDENCE. One of David S. Ward’s first scripts introduced us to the world of confidence men. Not that they hadn’t been seen on screen before The Sting, but Ward found a new angle. He based his story on two actual grifters called Fred and Charley Gondorf, brothers who … Continue reading The Sting: Good-Hearted Grifters

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

IN HEROES WE TRUST.   Captain America and Black Widow (Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson) are sent on a mission to liberate S.H.I.E.L.D. hostages, but soon find the entire organization threatened from all sides. The filmmakers’ purpose was to fuse a 3D superhero movie with the trappings of 1970s paranoia thrillers, with Robert Redford serving as … Continue reading Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The Company You Keep

After the arrest of a former Weather Underground activist (Susan Sarandon) who’d been a fugitive for the last 30 years, reporter Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) turns his attention to a seemingly honest Albany lawyer (Robert Redford). The 1970s terror organization is portrayed in rather simple fashion as consisting of essentially decent people who made undeniable … Continue reading The Company You Keep

Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid: Thick as Thieves

NOT THAT IT MATTERS, BUT MOST OF IT IS TRUE! In 1969, fledgling movie star Robert Redford bought land in Utah that had been used for skiing since 1944. There he created a year-round resort that he named Sundance, a place that would also become the home of the Sundance Film Festival, a January fixture … Continue reading Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid: Thick as Thieves

The Great Gatsby

GONE IS THE ROMANCE THAT WAS SO DIVINE. In 1922, Nick (Sam Waterston) rents a small house next to two Long Island mansions; getting to know both owners he finds out about a secret romance that refuses to die. The most famous screen adaptation of “the great American novel” can hardly be labeled a “great American … Continue reading The Great Gatsby

All the President’s Men: Exposing a CREEP

THE MOST DEVASTATING DETECTIVE STORY OF THE CENTURY! When I was in journalism school, I took a course in investigative journalism. That particular genre is still the finest you can do as a news writer; expose fraud, challenge authorities. It’s not what I do nowadays but I’m not sure it’s my thing after all. Still, … Continue reading All the President’s Men: Exposing a CREEP