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.

Director:

Fisher Stevens

Writer:

Noah Haidle
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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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According to director Fisher Stevens, it's set in a fictional city, all filmed on location except for Doc's apartment. See more »

Goofs

Wendy tells Val and Doc that her mother couldn't take the cold and relocated to Florida as if the brothel that Wendy, Doc and Val were in was located in a cold climate. However, we later see from long shots of the skyline that the location is Los Angeles. See more »

Quotes

Doc: [These lines are read like a well-polished mantra familiar to all of them] What time is it?
Hirsch: I don't know. What time is it?
Val: It's time to kick ass or chew gum, and guess what?
Doc: I'm all out of gum!
[They ritually stomp their feet]
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References Scent of a Woman (1992) See more »

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Papa Was Stoned
Written by Steve Raskin, Rob Myers, Jon Horvath, & Sid Barcelona
Performed by Fort Knox Five
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Very solid
10 March 2013 | by b-meyersSee all my reviews

I read some of the reviews here, and I think that some who have reviewed this extremely negatively (as in 1/10) are those who appreciate a movie with lots of explosions, and maybe some guys with their tops off, flexing their muscles to accentuate just how tough they are.

Luckily, there isn't much of that in Stand Up Guys. It's character-driven, centered on the relationship between Val (PAcino) and Doc (Walken), both of whom are spectacular.

There's some great dialogue between the two, and despite what you may read on here, the story is quite solid, if simplistic. I don't think people have fully grasped these characters in some reviews, or the meaning of the title "Stand Up Guys". They're throwbacks, and the situations they encounter represent the direction the world has headed over the years, a world that Doc is forced to be a part of, despite wanting a quieter life.

I won't go on any further, but I found the characters endearing, and the relationship between Val and Doc kept me on the hook.

Nice soundtrack, too.

Cheers


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Belarusian

Release Date:

1 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,486,390, 3 February 2013

Gross USA:

$3,310,031

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,072,654
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2.35 : 1
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