When I first heard about this film, I was worried that it was going to be some stupid comedy that exploits the reputation of some great actors with a bunch of goofy humor. The trailer seems to have proved me wrong, Stand Up Guys, which stars Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin looks like it could be a very good movie with a lot of actual heart and maybe even some drama thrown in.
The main premise seems to be that Al Pacino’s character took the fall for something they all did a long time ago and he’s just gotten out of jail. His buddy, Walken, has an order to kill him, but they all go out for a night on the town first.
The film opens January 11th, 2013 and also features Julianna Margulies.
STAND UP GUYS stars Academy Award(r) winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin in a tough but touching action comedy as retired gangsters who reunite for one epic last night. VAL (Al Pacino) is released from prison after serving twenty-eight years for refusing to give up one of his close criminal associates. His best friend DOC (Christopher Walken) is there to pick him up, and the two soon re-team with another old pal, HIRSCH (Alan Arkin). Their bond is as strong as ever, and the three reflect on freedom lost and gained, loyalties ebbed and flowed, and days of glory gone by. And despite their age, their capacity for mayhem is still very much alive and well – bullets fly as they make a hilariously valiant effort to compensate for the decades of crime, drugs and sex they’ve missed. But one of the friends is keeping a dangerous secret- he’s been put in an impossible quandary by a former mob boss, and his time to find an acceptable alternative is running out. As the sun rises on the guys’ legendary reunion, their position becomes more and more desperate and they finally confront their past once and for all.