Burt Reynolds plays Ernie, a veteran thief who now wants to retire and forget the past. But as a last task before retiring, he will pass all his experience to a young and a little dumb boy. Things don’t go the way Ernie wants, when the young man decides to do his first robbery… Now Ernie will use all his experience on the job to help the boy, and in the process, Ernie will get closer to the young man, and a relationship as father and son will grow up in their hearts, at the same time they will have to live the adventure. —IMDb
Bill Forsyth (born 29 July 1946, Glasgow) is a British film director and writer, noted for his commitment to national film-making.
Forsyth first came to attention with a low-budget film, That Sinking Feeling, made with youth theatre actors and featuring a cameo appearance by the Edinburgh gallery owner Richard Demarco. The relative success of the film was carried to a far higher level by his next film Gregory’s Girl in 1981. This featured some of the same young actors, in particular John Gordon Sinclair, as well as the acting debut of Clare Grogan. The film was a major hit and won ‘Best Screenplay’ in that year’s BAFTA Awards. In 1983 he wrote and directed the successful Local Hero, produced by David Puttnam, and featuring Burt Lancaster. It was rated in the top 100 films of the 1980s in a Premiere magazine recap of the decade. Forsyth’s next film was the 1984 Comfort and Joy, about a Glasgow radio DJ caught between rival ice cream companies, which again featured Clare Grogan… read more