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The Company You Keep Movie Review Summary

Actors: Robert Redford, Julie Christie, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon

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Sharon Solarz, a former Weather Underground member, is finally located and placed under arrest in 2011. Jim Grant was her friend in the Weather Underground, but he now has created a safe identity for himself as an attorney, keeping his head low. A mutual friend of theirs is angry when Jim decides not to defend Sharon in court, for obvious reasons. When a young journalist, Ben, looking for a hot story comes across this information, he tracks down Jim for questioning. Jim senses that Ben saw through his put-on assured demeanor, and he takes his daughter for a cross-country trip out of town. Ben digs deeper into the archives and finds Jim's real identity, a former terrorist in hiding. He publishes, breaking his big story and putting the FBI on red alert looking for Jim's whereabouts. Jim drops off his daughter with his brother, narrowly escaping, to go off in search of Mimi, his partner in a robbery from his Weather Underground days that resulted in a murder. Ben hunts around for the truth behind Jim and Mimi's robbery, the murder, and their destination. As Jim heads toward the border up north, Ben meets a young woman named Rebecca and comes to realize she must be the child of these two fugitives, her true identity kept from her all these years. Jim, meanwhile, knows Mimi can clear his name and must find her before Ben or the authorities do. Ben is faced with an ethical struggle: to publish a juicy story or to reveal the unvarnished truth?
Best part of story, including ending: It's a slow burn thriller, which feels tonally similar to the types of political thrillers Robert Redford was making in the 1970s. This is, unquestionably, a good thing.

Best scene in story: When Jim and Mimi finally come face to face, and we watch the screen legends Robert Redford and Julie Christie exchange dialogue like the consummate professionals that they are.

Opinion about the main character: Ben is an idealistic young journalist, who may have his own share of ego fueling his fire, but he has a moral code that develops over the course of the film, which is dramatically compelling.

The review of this Movie prepared by R.W. Hainline a Level 29 Superb Fruit-Dove scholar





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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   present 2000+ Legal/Political Thriller?    -   Yes Political Plotlets:    -   finding a killer/saboteur/criminal/spy Legal Thriller Plotlets:    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Kind of violence:    -   guns Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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