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Janelle

You've convinced me to go see it.

Todd B.

Redford-Sarandon: Great Waldo Pepper. Directed by George Roy Hill. Pretty good movie. It's in my Netflix Instant queue.

Now back to your review.

Lance Mannion

Todd B. was first with the answer to the question about Redford and Sarandon. I'll post his comment when more people have had a chance to weigh in.

Batocchio

Hmm, perhaps add a plot spoiler warning about Sloan's goal on the lam, or is it redundant at Chez Mannion, or too obvious for this movie?

I saw it a few weeks back. It lacks a bit of energy, but I loved watching the cast Redford assembled, all these great older actors who were given at least one good scene apiece. (And you're right, LaBeouf is better here than in some other fare, although he was pretty good in Lawless, too.)

I was left a bit cold by Julie Christie, too. She's all right, but I've never been bowled over by her. Sarandon's great in the interview scene, but you're right she would have brought more fire to the Sloan-Mimi scenes. (As for Redford and Sarandon's previous film together, I haven't seen it in ages, but a local station showed it all the time when I was a kid, and I found it strangely compelling. Its screenwriter's reflections on it are fascinating, too…)

Last thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed The Guard (and wrote about it), and I assume you've seen Gleeson in The General? (I saw the black and white version.) Plus, don't forget about Redford's marvelous (apart from Rob Morrow's accent) Quiz Show!

Ken Houghton

I admit never having seen the movie they did together--but I will give the hint that it's much earlier than I would have guessed.

PhoenixRising

Your review convinced me to order the book of the same title, which was the loose basis for the screenplay.

I'll probably watch the movie when it's captioned, in the future (TM), but the book is holding me over. Its conceit is the format: the old gang that helped Sloan become Grant is explaining what happened all those years ago to his 17 year old daughter, from whom he has been separated for a decade--in a series of emails.

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