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The Company You Keep

In his successive careers as movie star, producer and director, Robert Redford has been one of the foremost proponents of the idea that Hollywood entertainment can be a vehicle for social commentary, critique and change; that it could expose the corruption of American institutions and attest to the power of American citizens to right those wrongs, however conditionally. With his new film The Company You Keep, Redford merges all his strengths as an artist, activist and icon to create a masterful thriller about the still troubled legacy of sixties radicalism.

Jim Grant (Redford) is a widowed single father and attorney living in Albany. What none of his friends or clients know is that Jim was once a member of the activist/terrorist organization the Weather Underground. Wanted for robbery and the murder of a security guard, Jim has been in hiding for more than thirty years. When another former Weatherman (Susan Sarandon) turns herself in to the FBI, Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf), an aggressive young journalist, starts sniffing around for leads. He gradually finds his way to Jim, not suspecting that this seemingly upright citizen is himself a former militant activist. Concerned that Ben will eventually discover his true identity, Jim flees, though a safe harbour may prove difficult to find.

Adapted from Neil Gordon’s novel by veteran screenwriter Lem Dobbs (The Limey), The Company You Keep forthrightly addresses the thorny ethical questions raised by political activism at its extreme. Most of Jim’s old colleagues remain committed to their ideals and unrepentant about their actions — and whether or not we choose to call those actions terror, it is hard to deny the force and validity of the arguments that these ex-radicals put forth about the state and system they were revolting against. Featuring a top-notch supporting cast that includes Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Terrence Howard and Sam Elliott, The Company You Keep is a fast-paced yet thought-provoking suspense drama that tempers its old-school thrills with a clear-eyed and nuanced appreciation of the still pressing issues it raises.


"Lent distinguishing heft by its roster of screen veterans, this gripping drama provides an absorbing reflection on the courage and cost of dissent." — David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Director: Robert Redford
Cast: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Stanley Tucci, Shi LeBeouf
Year: 2012
Runtime: 121 minutes
Country: USA
Language: English
Distributor: eOne Films

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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