The Company You Keep

Synopsis: After years in hiding, ex-Weather Underground militant, Nick Sloan aka Jim Grant, learns about his old compatriot's arrest for a bank robbery turned deadly in the 1970s, which he is wanted for as an accomplice. This puts the ambitious young local reporter, Ben Shepard, on the scent of a story that exposes Nick as well. As such, Nick goes on the run while taking his daughter to safety. With that accomplished, Nick stays one step ahead of the FBI while pursuing a faint hope to clear his name. Meanwhile, Shepard digs deeper into the case himself as he discovers the true complexities of another times' determined ideals even as Nick faces their consequences with another.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Robert Redford
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
125 min

A Federal Grand Jury in Detroit today charged the

thirteen top leaders of 'the Weathermen'

with plotting to bomb public buildings

in Chicago, Detroit, New York,

and Berkeley, California.

'The Weathermen' are the militant faction of

the Students for a Democratic Society,

only one of the thirteen is now in custody.

Never before has this nation fought a war which

so many Americans opposed

for so many different reasons.

Never has this dissent been

as emotional, as intense,

as is the dissent against

the war in Vietnam.

The bomb went off in the State Department

and did a lot of damage

another was detonated in Oakland.

Three suspects remain at large

after a security guard was shot and killed

during a robbery at

the Bank of Michigan.

The FBI has released the names

Mimi Lurie, Nicholas Sloan,

and Sharon Solarz;

all members of the radical anti-war group,

'The Weather Underground'.

Come on you guys, let's go.

- Bye Mom.

- Don't forget I have practice after school.

What are you still practicing for?

You already got into college.

- ...take out.

- Thank you sir, have a good one!

- Hey!

- Hey.

- That's $25.74, do you want that warmed up?

- No, Thanks

- Don't move! Hands in the air!

- Don't move, Federal agents!

Get on the car!

Hands behind your back!

Sharon Solarz, you are under arrest for

the murder of Hugh Kroessna,

You have the right to remain silent,

if you give up that right, anything you say

can and will be used against

you in a court of law.

You have the right to an attorney,

if you cannot afford one,

one will be provided for you.

Do you understand these rights?

Sharon Elizabeth Solarz,

one of the longest-standing fugitives

on the FBI's most wanted list

was arrested yesterday, just

outside Heatherton, New York.

30 years after the notorious Bank of Michigan robbery

that claimed the life of a guard.

- Good morning, Jess.

You're late.

Well, if I'm not here

they can't fire me, right?

You look beautiful!

- Thanks

Oh... look at that.

National story, right in our own

backyard, and where were we?

Hold on. Crime was Yukanowitz's, you fired him.

- Yeah, and I passed it on to you.

Along with the courts and the State house

and like 55 other things, I mean...

This... is news, Ben.


We're a goddamn newspaper!


So why don't you go out and write a nice little story

that informs our readers, while we still have a few?

I'm sorry, okay?

It's that bad, huh?

Do you still have your friend in the FBI field office?

In theory, although I'm not sure she

ever wants to speak to me again.

Y' keep telling me you're a good reporter, right?

- Right.

Prove it.

These were major radicals, Ben,

who know how to hide.

So how does the FBI

find her after 30 years? Hmm?

So, let me s... the State wants to sieze

private property in transfer, right?

Y... Yes, I know what 'imminent domain' is.

I will if I have to.

Court of Appeals exist for a reason.


- Yeah.

- You'd better be getting ready.


And you're saying that satisfies public use?


Izzy! You ready?


Come on, we're gonna be late.

We're not gonna be late.

- You wanna bet?

My client bought it from his dad,

who bought it from his dad,

and hopes one day to

sell it to his son.

It's a great family, I'm sure

the jury would enjoy meeting them.


Right on time!

- All set?

- Yup.

You got your lunch?


So, what's last, math?

- No, I've got volleyball practice...

Oh, okay. I'll pick you up after practice.

- Okay.

Hey, what's your hurry?

Haven't you forgotten something?

- Billy.

- Hi, Mr. Cusinamo.

- Hi, sweetie!

Are your kids a little old for this school?

- I came to see you... you seen the news?

Oh, they're still reporting the news!

- Sharon Solarz

Go ahead, go ahead.

You know who she is, right?

- What?

She was busted, man. She was

arrested over in Heatherton.

Why are you telling me this?

- 'Cause Sharon's an old friend.

- Are you in trouble, Billy, y' know, or are you still on parole?

- I'm clean, man.

What's going on?

She called me, wanting to turn herself in to

the Feds. They're a**holes, they don't care!

- But you can't get involved in someth...

- She's a friend, she needs a lawyer.

- Well, I can't give advice...

- They knew exactly where she was gonna be, Jim, alright?

Exactly. They knew.

- They knew exactly.

- Well, this is outa my league.

Out of my league.

I can't let her twist in the wind.

- I can't do it.

I have a kid that just lost her mom.

It's been a year...


Call Maggie Hart,

Lockwood and Dunlop, Philly.

Okay? She's great.

Better'n me.


Please set it here.

Go ahead.

So... you moved her this morning?

Why do you care? I thought

you were covering politics now.

Well, I'm multi-talented.

How come she was arrested here if she's been

a Vermont housewife for thirty years?

You'll have to ask her that.

You know, it's funny you should mention it, Dee

'cause from what I hear people give

jailhouse interviews all the time.

Who do you think you are,

The New York Times?

You say New York Times like it's 1985

and you're still impressed.

You're just a local beat reporter.

- I love it when you do that with your hair.

This is a national news story,

I think you should go home and tweet about it.

I don't tweet.

- Right! You don't email either.

Can I just see the case file?

For old times' sake? Please?

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Lem Dobbs

Lem Dobbs was born on December 24, 1958 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England as Anton Lemuel Kitaj. He is a writer and producer, known for Dark City (1998), The Limey (1999) and Haywire (2011). He has been married to Dana Kraft since 1991. more…

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