• Stand Up Guys (2012)

Stand Up Guys

Release Date: December 14th, 2012

DVD Release Date: May 21st, 2013

R |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

After serving 28 years in prison for accidentally killing the son of a crime boss, newly paroled gangster Val (Al Pacino) reunites with his former partners in crime, Doc (Christopher Walken) and Hirsch (Alan Arkin), for a night on the town. As the three men revisit old haunts, reflect on their glory days and try to make up for lost time, one wrestles with a terrible quandary: Doc has orders to kill Val, and time is running out for him to figure out a way out of his dilemma.

Cast: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies, Mark Margolis, Lucy Punch, Addison Timlin, Vanessa Ferlito

Director: Fisher Stevens

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Lionsgate Films, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Lakeshore Entertainment

Distributors: Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate Films

Keywords: Temptation, Witty, Transformation, Spirited, Friend, 2010s

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    The thing most people will take away from Stand Up Guys is that it contains Al Pacino's best performance in years. So if you don't think Al Pacino still has it in him, this is a welcome chance to be proved wrong. But here's something interesting. Stand Up Guys also contains Christopher Walken's best performance in years. In addition, the film is extraordinarily well cast, and the acting, even in the smaller roles, is more than noteworthy. show more

  • 30
    Scott TobiasNPR

    Stevens wants to honor the living legends who have miraculously agreed to appear in his movie, but after spending a full hour treating their characters like cartoons, the about-face into heartfelt slop lacks the necessary gravitas. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Stand Up Guys never wobbles into maudlin or cheap-n-easy sentimentality. It is an entertaining yet sobering portrayal of not-so-wise guys who do not go gently into a no-good night. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture