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Golden Years (2016)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 29 April 2016 (UK)
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Fate, the pensions crisis and a steadfast refusal to accept the injustice of old age have contrived to force law abiding, retired couple, Arthur and Martha Goode into a life of crime. ... See full summary »


John Miller
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Hill ... Arthur
Virginia McKenna ... Martha
Sue Johnston ... Nancy
Phil Davis ... Brian (as Philip Davis)
Brad Moore ... Stringer
Una Stubbs ... Shirley
Ellen Thomas ... Thelma
Simon Callow ... Royston
Alun Armstrong ... Sid
Richard Cambridge ... Stephen
Bev Willis Bev Willis ... George
Menna Trussler ... Iris
Philip Serrell Philip Serrell ... Auctioneer
Jonathan Pearce Jonathan Pearce ... Ken - Sodbury Bank Manager
Elain Lloyd Elain Lloyd ... Chantelle
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Fate, the pensions crisis and a steadfast refusal to accept the injustice of old age have contrived to force law abiding, retired couple, Arthur and Martha Goode into a life of crime. Refusing to take the loss of their pensions lying down and to fade away into their declining years, our characters decide to fight back. They decide to take back what was theirs in the first place. They decide to start robbing banks. Written by JM

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Did You Know?


The Sodbury bank where the final robbery takes place (named after villages north of Bristol called Chipping Sodbury and Old Sodbury) is the old Bank of England and Norwich Union building that has been disused since the 1980s on the corner of High Street and Bridge Street (Castle Park) in central Bristol. All of the exteriors and interiors (including the original vaults) are used in the film with minimal re-dressing. See more »


During the slow-motion shot of the robbers in the final bank robbery scene a blue rubber glove covering a smoke alarm can be seen on the ceiling. See more »


Royston: They make take our lives, but they will never take our pensions.
Brian: They've already taken our pensions
Royston: They may take our pensions, but they will never take our lives.
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Sometimes, 'fightback' is the only option.
14 June 2017 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

This film quite reminded me the Korean film I saw a few years ago called 'Grandma Gangsters'. That film was about a vacation, though money involves and here it was about the pension. That's a serious thing, could have been another 'I, Daniel Blake', but that's not how it goes. A very interesting and comical take on the pension crisis. What could the old people can do about it? Well, that's the point, they use an opportunity that comes their way to tackle the issue.

I love films involving aged people. Not for amusement, but to see them struggle, emotionally I break down. Only those on the realistic portrayals. This title looked okay, but when I read the synopsis, I desperately wanted to see it. I knew it was a comedy, so I did not expect greater, except some good laughs. It did delivered, but I felt a few scenes were very unrealistic, even for a cinematic. Like the ending was not convincing enough. Though the rest of the film was fine.

The story centres on the character Arthur played by Bernard Hill, which I first time noticed his character, particularly being in the lead since as Theodon, the King of Rohan from 'The Lord of the Rings'. So, like any film, it all begins with a simple introduction of his life and people around him. Unlike his friends, he is much able to do the stuffs at his age. Some way or the other, they are all depending on him, including his wife. Then one day he comes to know that he's not eligible anymore for his pension benefits. After thinking a lot, the heartbroken Arthur decides to take an extreme step. So begins his new adventure, and the following, his gang joins him.

❝They may take our pensions, but they will never take our lives.❞

Does it not sound cool! Brilliant performances by all. For a theme like this, the characters have to be fit which is a stereotype that this film breaks. But there were some sacrifices like the screenplay was altered to balance between the physically weak characters and the contents that's usually fast and furious and sometimes rough handling requires. It all worked though.

A crime film, yet there's no violence or the action sequences. Involves some nervous scenes and like I said earlier, the end twist should have been better. Considering how everything was developed, that was not a bad ending at all, especially keeping in mind audience point of view of what they would be expecting. It was not entirely about the old guys. The cops have a small part, including one of them was old who leads the robbery case.

At some point, it looked like 'Bonnie and Clyde', which was mentioned in the storyline as well. Like a cat-and-mouse game, the events in the tale stretches as much as it can possible, providing entertainment for us. The narration could have ended in very early, though the cops were not all Sherlocks. Everything in the interest of the film to develop in the right way with little silly and more funny.

Not an average film or a classic. Made with a decent budget and the fine casting, I think the film is good to try once, but I suggest not to anticipate like any outstanding heist films you have seen in your life. Learn about the film, like its storyline and its characters. If you do that you will understand its limitations, except less fun while watching the film.


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29 April 2016 (UK) See more »

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Golden Years: Grand Theft OAP See more »

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Bristol, England, UK See more »


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GBP2,500,000 (estimated)

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