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Stand Up Guys (2012)

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A pair of aging stickup men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment - to kill his comrade.

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Fisher Stevens

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Noah Haidle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Val
Christopher Walken ... Doc
Alan Arkin ... Hirsch
Julianna Margulies ... Nina Hirsch
Mark Margolis ... Claphands
Lucy Punch ... Wendy
Addison Timlin ... Alex
Vanessa Ferlito ... Sylvia
Katheryn Winnick ... Oxana
Bill Burr ... Larry
Craig Sheffer ... Jargoniew #1
Yorgo Constantine ... Paul
Weronika Rosati ... Irena
Keone Young ... Song
Courtney Platt ... Lisa (as Courtney Galiano)
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Storyline

After 28 years, Val gets out of prison, and his friend Doc picks him up. The local mob boss, Claphands, wants Val dead (Claphands' son died in a robbery and he blames Val) and Doc has until morning to kill him. It's a long night: Val wants to party - they visit a cat house, Val needs Viagra, they break into a pharmacy. After midnight, they pick up Hirsch, their old wheelman, drive the city in a stolen car. They visit the cat house, help a woman in distress, bury a body, and eat at Doc's hangout, a café where the waitress, Alex, is cheerful. The sun rises, Claphands wants Val dead, and Val, who has figured out his fate, is resigned. Is there anything left to take care of? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

They don't make 'em like they used to.

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for language, sexual content, violence and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Belarusian

Release Date:

1 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les derniers affranchis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,486,390, 3 February 2013

Gross USA:

$3,301,046
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The only piece of "modern technology" in the film is the new car that Pacino, Walken, and Arkin drive throughout the film. If you notice, every other technology used is very old: rotary dial phones are used constantly; many AWA televisions are seen, one showing an old episode of what appears to be Soul Train; and several old cars are seen in the background throughout the film. See more »

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Doc grabs a bottle of pills off the shelf and calls them latanoprost, but latanoprost is a drop for the eye that is kept in the pharmacy refrigerator before dispensing to patients. Later, Valentine opens the capsules that doc says are for glaucoma (latanoprost is for glaucoma), and proceeds to snort the powder inside, which wouldn't be possible with any glaucoma meds as they are almost all drops except for 1 tablet available commercially. See more »

Quotes

Val: I took the fall. For everyone. I'm a stand up guy.
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Connections

References They Live (1988) See more »

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Give It Back
Written by David Guy, Sharon Jones, & Thomas Brenneck
Performed by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (as The Dap-Kings)
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Walken & Pacino & Arkin. We can't ask for more. We should. But we can't.
29 August 2013 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

Three legends. Three Oscar winners directed by another Oscar winner (Fisher Stevens won as producer for a documentary). United in one movie. That should be enough and one should expect maybe just a decent script and then fine. "Stand Up Guys" promises too much while securing Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin in the front row but delivers less than expected with its usual crime/comedy elements focusing on aging criminals and very few to say. The cast chemistry is good (but Pacino already had movies with the other guys, sharing scene with Arkin in "Glengarry Glen Ross" and with Walken in "Gigli" although they don't share scenes in that thing) and it's probably the only reason why everybody wants to see this movie

But it's terribly generic. Pacino done his sentence and is released from prison. Walken is waiting for him for two reasons: 1) to see his old friend again and 2) to kill him, contracted by another criminal boss (Mark Margolis) who wants to revenge his son's death. Soon they rejoin Arkin and the gang is back on action. Besides the fact that they all have fun together after a long time without seeing each other, what's most important here is their reflections on life and time and enjoy the little moments. It's all very simplistic told - a little let down since we're delighted with great and powerful stars - but it achieves some effect.

The drama takes a long while to be really gripping, and the comedy only gets truly good when Arkin finally appears (despithe top billing with the other guys, he's there for very briefly, showing up after long thirty minutes). He made this something almost remarkable, efficiently funny. I think the actors presence and relative brilliance compensate the script's lack of real premise, lack of more movement and characters and even lack of challenge for everyone involved. Enjoy their company and that's it. That must be enough, sometimes. 6/10


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