‘Golden Years’ – Senior citizen crime wave on Amazon Prime Video and Acorn TV

Una Stubbs, Simon Callow, Virginia McKenna, and Bernard Hill star in the British caper comedy

Golden Years (2016) – Think of this caper comedy as a British twist on Going in Style with a side of social commentary on the treatment of aging pensioners.

Bernard Hill and Virginia McKenna star as retirees who have lost their retirement savings in the financial crisis and turn to robbing banks, targeting the bonuses delivered to the bank managers responsible for the crisis, to pay for medical expenses no longer covered due to cutbacks. Their robberies are executed with surprise and misdirection and accomplished without violence. When their buddies at their local club stumble onto their scheme, they join the band of modern day Robin Hoods to raise the money to save their watering hole from being redeveloped.

It’s all very breezy, a comic crime movie that plays more like a British TV show than a feature film and it empowers senior citizen characters who feel disenfranchised and, worse, mistreated by the government and by society. This is one of those films where the crooks are the good guys and it features a familiar cast of British faces—Sue Johnston (Downton Abbey), Phil Davis (Poldark), Una Stubbs (Sherlock), Mark Williams (Father Brown), Simon Callow (Outlander), and Alun Armstrong (New Tricks) as the veteran detective battling an arrogant, ambitious young officer (Brad Moore) as he tracks the robbers—as the wily heroes.

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Golden Years [DVD]

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The DVD features cast and crew interviews.


Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at RogerEbert.com, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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