A writer must eat, which is why most playwrights eventually try their hands at screenwriting. "Stand Up Guys," starring
We know these mugs well enough to call them by their first names. After a 28-year prison sentence, small-time hoodlum Val, played by Al, and Al's nutty hair, is greeted at the gates by old friend Doc, played by Christopher and his nutty hair. Doc's been hired, under threat of execution, to kill his pal Val at the behest of a venal mobster.
But first, some would-be fun. Val takes a fistful of
As written by Haidle, and directed in an eerie, static no-man's-land atmosphere of urban desolation by
The gents are meant to be gallants as well as courtly, movie-type thugs with a sense of honor.