Tossin’ It Out There: What’s your favorite “Senior” character or movie?

With the release of “Hope Springs” last weekend, and the upcoming release of “Expendables 2” next weekend, I wound up getting the idea for this week’s “Tossin’ It Out There”.

There’s been a number of actors and actresses who aged gracefully on the screen. And seeing as older parts are scarcer, they tend to go to the top actors and actresses. So while the parts and storylines may not be as plentiful, they make up for it in quality.

But what’s been your favorite? Which character… or movie… would you call the best? Something with Clint Eastwood? Jack Nicholson? Sucker for “On Golden Pond”, or is it “Grumpy Old Men”?

“Tossin’ It Out There” goes grey today, let’s hear it! Who’s YOUR favorite on-screen senior citizen?


94 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s your favorite “Senior” character or movie?

  1. Clint Eastwood In “GRAN TORINO” Is My Fave Fave.
    I Also Love BOTH “Grumpy Old Men” Flicks…
    …And “As Good As It Gets” with Jack Nicholson.
    “COCOON” Is Actually A Damned Decent Flick, Also 🙂
    But “GRAN TORINO” Is The Best AND My Favorite!
    I Love It When I Can Say “My Fave” and “The Best” Are One In The Same!

    • Lots of good shout outs there. “As Good as it gets” is one of my faves, for sure.

      But I wouldnt dream of taking anything away from Gran Torino. What an incredible movie. What an incredible flick. Eastwood was incredible, that was an awesome addition to his filmography.

      Good choice Brad.

  2. The father in “So I Married an Axe Murderer.” Maybe 10 minutes of screen time and every line he speaks is a classic.

    • I guess its been way too long since I’ve seen that movie. Not ringing a bell. Let me guess… or see if I can dredge my recollection.

      I would guess that he’s over the top scottish? Knowing Myers, that’s my guess.

      • Fun one for sure from Chris. LOL

        Stuart Mackenzie(Myers): I’m not kidding, that boy’s head is like Sputnik; spherical but quite pointy at parts! Now that was offside, wasn’t it? He’ll be crying himself to sleep tonight, on his huge pillow.

      • His first lines in the movie is “May, turn off the Bay City Rollers!” and “Kiss your mother before I kick your teeth in.” A bagpiper (playing leopard print bagpipes) at a wedding playing Rod Stewart who collapses drunk? “We’ve got a piper down, I repeat we’ve got a piper down. Oh, he’s just pissed.” Over the top scottish is an understatment.

  3. Jive jumped on the Gran Torino bandwagon before I did but I will take second and call a tie between that and Hub (Robert Duvall) and Garth (Michael Caine) From Secondhand Lions!!! I always wanted to sit on a front porch with a shotgun and shoot at salesmen!

    • You can still go with Gran Torino, these threads aren’t finders keepers. LOL.

      You know what I always think of with that movie though is the Haley Joel Osment making that painful shift between child star and teen star, and wondering if he was on his way out…

      At this point I’m thinking he didnt make the cut, cause…he’s still working, but I dont recognize anything from his filmography since this movie.

      • Unfortunately, he is in that bad place where he is going to need to take a twisted role to somehow break the mold. Something like Elijah Wood did with that sick role in Sin City, or Anthony Michael Hall as the douchebag boyfriend in Edward Scissorhands.

  4. Great subject as many of the best are the very experienced ones.

    Funny – Grumpy Old Man, Grandpa Gustafson (Burgess Meredith)
    John Gustafson (JLemon): You’re supposed to be smoking filter cigarettes.

    Grandpa Gustafson: I’m 94 years old. What the hell do I care?

    Interesting- Rounders, Professor Petrovsky (Martin Landau)
    Professor Petrovsky: The last thing I took away from the yeshiva is this: We can’t run from who we are. Our destiny chooses us

    Mike McDermott(Damon): If you had it to do all over again, knowing what would happen, would you make the same choice?

    Professor Petrovsky: What choice?

    • Not to dis Grumpy Old Men, but you can’t bring up “Rounders” and expect me to stay on point. LOL. Its like throwing a tennis ball and expecting a dog not to chase it. LOL

      My favorite scene in Rounders with Landau is where he asks Damon how he read everyone’s hand at the judges game, and Damon just unleashes the poker wisdom on him. Literally? I follow that advice when I play poker, I have it memorized and I try to stick with it. It’s good advice, actually, strong stuff!

      Mike McD: All right, here’s the thing. You only play premium hands. You only start with jacks or better split, nines or better wired, three high cards to a flush. If it’s good enough to call, you gotta be in there raising, all right? I mean, tight, but aggressive. And I do mean aggressive. That’s your style, Professor. I mean, you gotta… you gotta think of it as a war.

      Professor Petrovsky: You are officially never invited to our game again.

      • WORM: You know what cheers me up when I’m feeling shitty?
        MIKE: What?
        WORM: Rolled up aces over kings.
        MIKE: Is that right?
        WORM: Yeah. Check-raising stupid tourists and taking huge pots off of them.
        MIKE: Yeah?
        WORM: Stacks and towers of checks I can’t even see over. Playing all-night high-limit Hold’em at the Taj, “where the sand turns to gold.”
        MIKE: Fuck it, let’s go.
        WORM: Don’t tease me.
        MIKE: Let’s play some fuckin’ cards.

      • You know? I’m gonna straight up have to kill this.

        I’m not joking, I will take a %#$&ing right instead of a left off of 84 tonight and wind up at Foxwoods, we need to stop with the Rounders, I’m serious. LOL

        I love that line though, I have the James Gang playing in my head right now. 😀

  5. That’s very interesting, and it’s quite easy for me. I think few will doubt that Michael Caine ‘aged gracefully on the screen’, thus any character he plays wins for me. Caine’s performances in ‘The Cider House Rules’, in ‘The Prestige’ and in ‘The Quite American’ were just outstanding.

    • Oh, definitely, you’re right. There’s no doubt at all.

      I would add Alfred Pennyworth into the mix there, he was one of the best parts of the Nolan trilogy, for me. 😀

      (Quiet American bored me, though, DB. I’ll be honest on that one)

  6. Lots of great pics, so far but, Grumpy/Grumpier Old Men are my favorites. The entire cast was amazing and hilarious. The Odd Couple II was funny, too.

  7. Vanessa Redgrave. She turned 70 in 2007 so anything and everything she’s done since then, including “Atonement”,”Letters to Juliet”, “Coriolanus” and my favorite “Anonymous”. She gets no respect. She’s simply one of the best, on a par with Streep, but doesn’t get the love. Shortage of women on this list today.

  8. Hi, Fogs and company:

    The principal players in ‘RED’.

    Helen Mirren in anything.
    Gene Hackman as an older, unnamed Harry Caul in ‘Enemy of the State’.
    Angelica Houston in ‘The Grifters’.
    Jack Lemmon in ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’.
    Clint Eastwood’s Gunny Highway in ‘Heartbreak Ridge’.
    Nick Nolte in ‘Warriors’.
    Alec Guinness’ George Smiley. in the original mini-series ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’.
    Rip Torn in ‘Flashpoint’ and ‘Extreme Prejudice’. Basically the same character with a different spin on each.
    Sam Elliot’s Sgt. Major, Basil Plumley in ‘We Were Soldiers’.

    • I second Helen Mirren. At 65 she played Elizabeth, I and II, and Jane Tennison. And won all the awards under heaven for it.

    • Awesome choices… there’s a few in there that I havent seen, (Flashpoint, Extreme Prejudice, We Were Soldiers) but the rest are great.

      Isnt it funny that Clint was already making Senior roles 25 years ago? LOL

      Glangarry is one of my faves. Not enough people are familiar with its awesomeness. Full top to bottom with incredible actors. Just a freaking awesome movie. Arkin there, too.

      Nice picks, Jack!

    • HA! Maybe its because it speaks to the young at heart? It is a funny comedy, even if it does revolve around older people… fun flick. Its been too long since Ive seen it.

      Jack had a run of three or four movies there that was just incredible as an older actor. As Good as it Gets, About Schmidt, Something’s Gotta Give, The Pledge… they were all great. He was knocking them out of the park. But then he threw in anger Management and chewed scenery all the way through “The Departed” 😦 (I love the Departed, but one of my least favorite roles of Jack’s)

  9. Michael Caine in Harry Brown is brilliant, not to forget, Eastwood in a similar sort of role in Gran Torino. Max Von Sydow in Minority Report is great as well. Also, definitely must give Alec Guiness a mention for the legend that is Obi Wan Kenobi

  10. Grumpy Old Men comes to mind first. Everyone in that movie is hilarious, especially Burgess Meredith.

    I’d like to throw a shout out to Patrick McGoohan in Braveheart though.

    • You know what? I had to check his filmography and see if I was familiar with any of his roles as a younger man, and nothing leaped out at me either, even though there were plenty of parts in the 80s I recognized. Nice choice, good call!

  11. I have two…Grumpier Old Men (the sequel is better than the first, IMO) and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya sisterhood. I love GOM for all the pranks and DSotYYS for mother-daughter love hate relationship (which is somewhat similar to my relationship with my mom).

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