The Company You Keep

(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Company You Keep

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Jim Grant is a public interest lawyer and single father raising his daughter in the tranquil suburbs of Albany, New York. Grant's world is turned upside down when a brash young reporter named Ben Shepard exposes his true identity as a former 1970s antiwar radical fugitive wanted for murder.
Title: The company you keep
Publisher: [California] :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, 2013
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (122 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: Title from web page
Based on the novel by Neil Gordon
Summary: Jim Grant is a public interest lawyer and single father raising his daughter in the tranquil suburbs of Albany, New York. Grant's world is turned upside down when a brash young reporter named Ben Shepard exposes his true identity as a former 1970s antiwar radical fugitive wanted for murder.
Audience: MPAA rating: R; for language
Statement of Responsibility: screenplay Lem Dobbs ; producers, Nicolas Chartier, Bill Holderman, Robert Redford ; director, Robert Redford
Performers: Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Robert Redford, Stanley Tucci, Chris Cooper, Shia Labeouf, Terrence Howard.
System Details: DVD, anamorphic widescreen, (2.40) aspect ratio, 5.1
Other Language: Closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Single fathers Drama Murder Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Single fathers
Publisher No: 42333 Columbia
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Report This Apr 05, 2014
  • BloomFree rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Robert Redford strikes me as one of the “good guys” so when I saw his movie with a list of winning actors and actresses, I thought I was in for a juicy/intelligent treat. However I found it very hard to stay awake throughout the film. I found myself not feeling much of anything to most of the actors or actresses and I am far from a cold-hearted person. Here’s the deal – first of all the leading actor Robert Redford looks really out of place as a senior aged father to an 11-year old. In his acting throughout the movie, the only emotion which seems to be genuine is the love for his daughter. I intensely disliked Ben Shepard (played by Shia LaBeouf) who was obnoxious, dishonest and egotistical. One scene stood out where he fooled the Jim Grant’s brother into thinking that he had something important to relay but only wanted to gain news information. When the brother caught on (way too slowly) that he was being used, it would have felt more real and satisfying if the reporter had been thrown out immediately. Throughout the movie the reporter seems to have “magical” abilities to be tolerated and treated respectfully though he does not do the same with others. Terrence Howard as the FBI agent came across very falsely as hysterically angry about a crime which happened 30 years ago!? The women actors come across so much better and truer. BTW – there were several comments about Robert Redford’s running. As a funny-looking runner myself, I think I understood a bit better where Robert Redford was coming from – he was obviously out of shape. Another aspect which didn’t work for me was how “invisible” Robert Redford was on the run – he should have been very easy to spot “as is.” Director Robert Redford does not appear to be able to see the many aspects of the movie which are “amiss” and need heavy correction– I think he leaned too heavily on the tried and true actors in this movie he really needed to have another eye, heart and mind on hand.

Report This Mar 19, 2014
  • brianthecat2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This film should be required for all the tweeting generation who think their grandparents didn't care about the world. I was a protestor who marched and sang against the Vietnam atrocity. This is my story and now it is seen as unpatriotic to be against the government. Who knows this film could generate "discussions" among the "head in my device" non thinking young.

Report This Mar 10, 2014
  • seaxfamx rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I liked the cast but there were too many gaps in the plot to make it realistic.

Report This Mar 03, 2014
  • brian_edwards rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I liked the consideration of the actions of the Weather Under Ground, but the chase and story line of Grant finding Mimi to clear his name was weak, along with time line issues. It seems like there were other people that could have cleared Grant, why did he have to chase down Mimi? What really turned me off most was that the robbery took place in 1980. The WUG was largely defunct and falling apart by 1973 from what I have read. It seems like they picked 1980 just so they could have Brit Marling have a love interest with Shia LaBeouf. You don't change history just to make a plot twist/love story work out. Susan Sarandon did give a strong performance though and was the best part of the movie for me.

Report This Feb 05, 2014
  • capitalcity rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

For those who did come of age in the 60's and 70's, this film evokes a collective resonance. The Redford et al. interview (special features) reveals which aspect of the SDS/Weather Underground movement forms the framework of the story: we are the choices that we make, with lingering repercussions to this day. Personally, the iconic character is Mimi Lurie, the keeper of the flame. Without those like her, the embers of any revolutionary cause are inevitably extinguished. The bird's eye view of her sailboat's directional course on the lake speaks volumes of the pressured capitulation to the system she so despises. A memorable, poignant image.

Report This Jan 19, 2014
  • IrishMoon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Such an excellent film! I want to watch it again!

Report This Jan 12, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This film is based upon a novel written about Weather Underground members, in hiding, 30 years after they went underground. Older now, they no longer actively protest against the American government. Director Robert Redford explains in the extras that he was in the environmental movement at the time, while others were in the Civil Rights movement, the feminist movement or the anti-war movement. And the movement was split between those seeking change peacefully and others seeking change through bombings of buildings. So through this film we get to meet some of these various individuals thirty years later.

Report This Jan 05, 2014
  • lasertravis rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Above average political thriller. Great cast underachieves. Story twists and turns to an effective ending, but seemed overlong. Not exactly fast paced. Story didn't grab me, but I appreciated the tight script and good acting.

Report This Dec 24, 2013
  • harrybrowne rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The only good thing in this movie is Shia Labeouf. Preachy dialogue, wooden acting, and leaden directing. And downright hypocritical. Seems the outrage about war is selective depending on who is president: those we like we say nothing, those we don't, we protest. Waste of a good cast.

Report This Dec 19, 2013
  • barb8571 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great movie, just as one would expect from Robert Redford. Intelligent, exciting and it keeps you guessing. Amazing cast as well. One of the best movies I've seen this year.

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Report This Dec 14, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Jim Grant: Secrets are a dangerous thing, Ben. We all think we want to know them, but if you've kept one to yourself, you come to understand that doing so, you may learn something about someone else, but you also discover something about yourself. I hope you're ready for that. Jim Grant: I thought he died. Donal Fitzgerald: Yeah we all died. Some of us just came back. Ben Shepard: These people, they're all nuts, but none of them are illogical.


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