Stand Up Guys (2012)

Stand Up Guys (2012)
  • Time: 94 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Thriller
  • Director: Fisher Stevens
  • Cast: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin


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 cafĂ© 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?

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  • I was lucky enough to attend a special screening of Stand up guys, a film that I was really looking forward to seeing. A black comedy that has what I can only describe as a legendary cast, with Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin who play aging stickup men.

    After doing a 28 year stretch in prison, Val (Al Pacino) and Doc (Christopher Walken) are reunited, after catching up Val soon learns that Doc is contracted to kill him by mob boss Claphands (Mark Margolis). Reluctant to kill his buddy, Doc begs Claphands to have some mercy and let his grudge with Val go, but Claphands is persistent and wants Val dead by 10am. Having already come to terms with dying Val wants one last night out. Together Doc and Val rescue their friend Richard Hirsch (Alan Arkin) from a rest home and then they embark on one last night out, where they are met with various quirky characters and events. From brothels to drugs the old gang goes out with a bang.

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