The Company You Keep Saturday, 04 July 2020

The Company You Keep

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    You can't escape your past no matter how far you jog.

  • Starring:

    Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Jackie Evancho, Terrence Howard, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Chris Cooper

  • Directed by:

    Robert Redford

  • Running time:

    125 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    Television news footage of Vietnam War (explosions, guns) and Stateside protesting (mob-fighting; people are dragged, beaten with sticks; police brutality). Bomb plots (mentioned). CCTV footage of botched bank robbery where a man is shot and killed. Handguns are pointed at people. Fugitives are handcuffed. Government murder, skulls cracked, kids being murdered by the government, the draft (mentioned). Ransacked apartment. Yelling, raised voices.


    A couple are seen in a bedroom with sheets wrapped around them (sex is implied).


    Alcohol (beer). Smoking (mentioned). Poker (mentioned). Doing hash (mentioned). Wrapped packages of marijuana are handled. A criminal drug conviction is mentioned.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, p*ssed. Religious exclamations.


    Radicalism, Weather Underground, protest, fugitives, abandonment, bribery, corruption, government oppression, single-parenting, family, commitment, extremist groups, the draft, genocide, loyalty, homeland terrorism, innocence, identity.


    A deceased mother/wife is mentioned (car accident). Adoption. Beluga whales. A dead fish is seen in a newspaper picture. Remote woodland/isolated cabin setting.


    Big-name cast. Mildly interesting. Moody score. Robust story-telling.


    Slow-paced. Flimsy premise. Drab and forgettable. Implausible. Weak ending. Missed opportunities. Talent is underused.

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