Tuesday, May 23, 2017


The feature-length comedy-drama THE GOLDEN YEARS debuts on DVD on May 30, 2017 from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. After five decades of law-abiding, tax-paying citizenship, retired couple Martha (Virginia McKennaThe Camomile Lawn) and Arthur (Bernard HillWolf Hall, The Lord of the Rings films) are forced into an unexpected life of crime in this star-studded comedy heist caper. The financial industry has stolen their hard-earned pensions, so they’re going to steal them back, at the same time helping friends who are down on their luck, and saving their social club from becoming a supermarket. The DVD includes the feature-length movie plus bonus interviews with the cast and crew ($29.99, AcornOnline.com). Golden Years was filmed on location in Bristol and the Cotswolds.

Retired couple Arthur (Bernard Hill) and Martha (Virginia McKenna) Goode lead a simple life in the suburbs, relaxing at home and socializing with friends at their club. But when the nation’s financial crisis empties their hard-earned pension accounts, the couple seizes the opportunity to replenish their funds through a series of bank robberies.

Dressed in masks and armed with cucumbers as guns, the unlikely criminal duo makes national news. But with detectives Sid (Alun ArmstrongNew Tricks) and Stringer (Brad MooreNorth v South) closing in on them, and their beloved club in talks to become a supermarket, the Goodes enlist their friends’ help to pull off one last, audacious heist.

This fast-paced comedy-drama features an internationally renowned cast, also including Una Stubbs (Sherlock), Phil Davis (Poldark), Ellen Thomas (EastEnders), Sue Johnston (Downton Abbey), and Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral).

Street Date: May 30, 2017                                            SRP: $29.99                         Contains coarse language
DVD: Feature-length movie – Approx. 96 min., plus bonus – SDH Subtitles – UPC 054961258499
BONUS: Interviews with the cast and crew (15 min.).

My Thoughts

Golden Years is a hilarious feature film about an  of over-the hill couple who are just trying to get by. They had their lives all planned out, but after the economy crashes and they lose their nest-egg, Arthur and Martha turn desperate. They become a pair of senior bandits, robbing banks with cucumbers. This eases some of their financial troubles and they even help out some of their friends, but a pair of detectives are hot on their trail. 

This movie is really cute and funny. Plus, it's loaded up with an all star cast. There were a few parts where you had to stretch your imagination. Like, how could Arthur not get caught when he spent the money that could easily be tracked? But despite some minor incongruities, it's a cute movie. With a comedy, you have to expect some facts to get stretched. Overall, it made me laugh and it was great seeing so many familiar faces.


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