News World Robert Redford bids farewell to acting with throwback crime caper

Robert Redford bids farewell to acting with throwback crime caper

Robert Redford bowed out on Monday from a 50-year acting career, calling what he has said will be his final movie “a wonderful film to go out on.”

The Toronto Film Festival audience erupted with applause after the screening of comedy caper “The Old Man & the Gun” in which Redford, 81, plays a charming, real-life bank robber who was caught 17 times during the course of a 60 year crime career but who managed to escape from jail every time.

“I’ve always been attracted with the idea of outlaws since I was a kid and I played that out in my work a lot, so this just followed suit,” the “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” star said.

“It’s just an upbeat film. It’s a true story. It’s a wonderful film to go out on,” he said.

Redford said last month that he would retire from acting after the release of “The Old Man & the Gun”. He has said he wants to spend more time on art – his first love – and plans to continue directing.

Movies like “All the President’s Men,” “The Sting” and “Out of Africa” turned Redford into one of the biggest stars of the 1970s and 1980s but despite winning a directing Oscar for “Ordinary People” in 1980, he has never won an Academy Award for acting.

Director David Lowery said “The Old Man & the Gun” was “a spiritual successor” to the movies that made Redford a star and that he shot the movie in the style of 1970s crime films.

Asked to sum up Redford’s appeal, Lowery said that the actor’s voice and face on camera had a quality that “can captivate you like nothing else.”

“He has it and very few people do,” Lowery said.

“The Old Man & the Gun,” which also stars Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover and Casey Affleck, opens in U.S. movie theaters on Sept. 28

Top Stories

252 new cases through PCR tests, two deaths announced on Tuesday

Two men, one aged 75 and one 64, both with underlying conditions have died from Covid-19, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. Both men...

CYPRA owner: I was not convinced

Speaking before the House Agriculture Committee, George Georgiou, the owner of CYPRA slaughter house said he did not do anything illegal and was not...

U.S. federal agency greenlights Biden’s presidential transition

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on Monday told Joe Biden it was ready to begin the formal presidential transition process for him. GSA Administrator...

Cabinet to decide on Wednesday about measures against COVID-19

Cyprus Government Spokesman, Kyriakos Koushos, has told CNA that the Council of Ministers will decide on Wednesday about what will happen as regards the...

Delays in the arrival of postal items due to decrease of flights

The Cyprus Post would like to inform the public that due to the Coronavirus outbreak, a significant decrease of flights to and from Cyprus...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...