Last week we asked you to tell us your favorite "senior" movie. Below are the reader responses we received and a few staff favorites worth checking out.
"The Trip To Bountiful" (1985): Mike Carpenter, of Naples, nominated this film, which won Geraldine Page an Academy Award for best actress. It is, he said, "about a woman whose last wish before she dies is to go back to her childhood home. Fabulous. Perfect story and cast. Beautiful."
"The Straight Story" (1999): Based on a true event, an older man who is no longer able to drive an automobile climbs aboard his ride-on lawn mower and drives across Iowa and Wisconsin to visit his estranged brother. Robin Tucker Goyette, of Bonita Springs, loves three things about this movie:
"1. Wonderful performances from the principal actors: Richard Farnsworth, Harry Dean Stanton and Sissy Spacek.
2. "It is a great 'road movie' as the driver interacts with the people he meets along the way.
3. "The reconciliation scene between the two brothers at the movie's climax is done just right."
The action genre doesn't need to end at age 40, and Showcase editor Sarah Poston added one for the older fan.
"RED" (2010): "Frank (Bruce Willis) is enjoying his post-CIA life when he and his former team (Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich) are mysteriously marked as RED (retired, extremely dangerous). This film has enough action to keep younger viewers happy while proving that even retirees can kick booty."
If foreign films are more your fare, here are three recommendations from Neapolitan editor Harriet Howard Heithaus.
"The Dresser" (1983): "A heartbreaking tale about an aging alcoholic actor and the butler/administrative assistant/nursemaid and troubleshooter, known in British theater as a 'dresser,' who loves him. It's adapted from the 1980 British play, and Albert Finney is magnificently despicable."
"The Shop on Main Street" (1965): "Won the Oscar for best foreign film that year. An elderly Jewish shopkeeper becomes the unwitting catalyst for her Aryan assistant's change of heart during the onset of the Holocaust in this film set in the former Czechoslovakia."
"Tatie Danielle" (1990): "Just because you're elderly doesn't mean you're lovable. The octogenarian relative who moves in with her grandniece and nephew is from hell, but you can't help but laugh at her devious ways."