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Company You Keep
     

The Company You Keep

Cast: Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon

 

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Working from a script by Lem Dobbs, Robert Redford directs and stars in The Company You Keep as Jim Grant, a former member of the Weather Underground who has been hiding out under an assumed identity ever since members of the group participated in a bank heist that ended in a guard's death. When a young

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Working from a script by Lem Dobbs, Robert Redford directs and stars in The Company You Keep as Jim Grant, a former member of the Weather Underground who has been hiding out under an assumed identity ever since members of the group participated in a bank heist that ended in a guard's death. When a young reporter figures out the truth, Grant must stay one step ahead of the FBI, who want to bring charges against him for the decades-old murder. The Company You Keep screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
As much as you hear that people supposedly hate it when actors start talking about politics, Robert Redford has managed to sustain a lengthy and influential career both in front of and behind the camera while never shying away from the social issues that are most important to him. He's often, though not always, picked projects (Jeremiah Johnson, The Way We Were, All the President's Men, A River Runs Through It) that speak to his lefty and environmental interests. With his ninth directorial effort, The Company You Keep, he examines what living by your ideals can cost you personally. Redford stars as Jim Grant, a small-town lawyer who harbors a dark secret: His real name is Nick Sloan and he was once a member of the radical '60s group the Weather Underground. He's been hiding from authorities for decades because he's wanted in association with a bombing that caused an accidental death. His public façade is exposed by intrepid young reporter Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) following the unexpected arrest of another former revolutionary named Sharon (Susan Sarandon), who had also eluded capture since the fateful bombing. When Sloan realizes he's about to be exposed by Shepard, the old man goes on the run again, attempting to find the one member of the group who can clear his name and keep his loved ones safe. Redford's film, which was based on a novel by Neil Gordon and scripted by the often brilliant Lem Dobbs, is actually a pair of rock-solid procedurals. The steps Nick takes and the people he visits slowly fill in his complicated backstory, while Ben's own investigation gradually uncovers who is really responsible for what happened the day of the tragic attack. It's a very well-constructed plot that gives Redford the chance to cast an abundance of great actors (Nick Nolte, Stephen Root, Stanley Tucci, Richard Jenkins, and Chris Cooper, to name a few) who get to come in for a meaty scene or two. However, if there's one thing that continually trips up Redford as a director, it's his unrelenting seriousness, and The Company You Keep sticks with this solemn history. He studiously avoids letting the viewer have too much fun with the thriller aspects of the story; you're never far away from a tortured monologue about guilt or a passionate defense of radical actions or a bluntly stated moral quandary. Time and again, the film makes its subtext painfully obvious. There is a wonderful image late in the movie that comes at the end of a chase: It's a visual representation of the cliché in which the hero declares, "I'm too old for this crap." In that moment you can see precisely what drew Redford to this material. It's a graceful climax to a picture that too often tells us exactly what we should be thinking. It's been nearly 20 years since Redford made Quiz Show, and in that time his directing projects have been increasingly dull. It's accurate to say that The Company You Keep is the best film he's made in two decades, but anybody familiar with The Legend of Bagger Vance, The Horse Whisperer, or Lions for Lambs will understand how low that bar is.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/2013
UPC:
0043396423336
Original Release:
2012
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:02:00
Sales rank:
11,463

Special Features

Behind the Scenes: The Movement, The Script, Preparation and The Cast; On The Red Carpet; The Company You Keep Press Conference

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Redford Jim Grant
Shia LaBeouf Ben Shepard
Julie Christie Mimi Lurie
Susan Sarandon Sharon Solarz
Nick Nolte Donal Fitzgerald
Chris Cooper Daniel Sloan
Terrence Howard FBI Agent Cornelius
Stanley Tucci Ray Fuller
Richard Jenkins Jed Lewis
Anna Kendrick Diana
Brendan Gleeson Henry Osborne
Brit Marling Rebecca Osborne
Sam Elliott Mac Mcleod
Stephen Root Billy Cusimano
Jackie Evancho Isabel Grant

Technical Credits
Robert Redford Director,Producer
Laurence Bennett Production Designer
Nicolas Chartier Producer
Mark Day Editor
Lem Dobbs Screenwriter
Craig Flores Executive Producer
Adriano Goldman Cinematographer
William Holderman Producer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Cliff Martinez Score Composer
Karen Matthews Costumes/Costume Designer
Shawn Williamson Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Company You Keep
1. Scene 1 [8:17]
2. Scene 2 [5:19]
3. Scene 3 [8:06]
4. Scene 4 [6:03]
5. Scene 5 [5:40]
6. Scene 6 [9:17]
7. Scene 7 [9:19]
8. Scene 8 [9:10]
9. Scene 9 [6:09]
10. Scene 10 [7:38]
11. Scene 11 [5:13]
12. Scene 12 [5:44]
13. Scene 13 [6:42]
14. Scene 14 [10:02]
15. Scene 15 [7:47]
16. Scene 16 [11:05]

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