Run Granny Run
Top 5 movie geriatrics
This article is from 2007.
Documentary film Run Granny Run is about a 94-year-old lady standing as a Democrat candidate for the senate. Here are five other great film geriatrics
Don Ameche In the 20 or so years before his death in 1993, Ameche had become the über OAP in huge box office hits Trading Places and Cocoon. His best late great performance was as shoe shiner come ageing mafia don in David Mamet’s hugely enjoyable Things Change.
Jessica Tandy Veteran London-born actress of stage and screen Tandy was the oldest person ever to win an Oscar, for her performance in Driving Miss Daisy.
Melvyn Douglas Legendary actor Douglas is best remembered as the man who made Greta Garbo laugh in Ninotchka but his portraits of elderly corruption in The Candidate and of course Being There are equally unforgettable.
Julien Guiomar The prolific French film and television actor seems to have been playing old men in the background for his whole life but it is his role as the mysterious bed- or bath-bound grandfather in French Canadian Jean Claude Lauzon’s 1992 surreal masterpiece Léolo that makes him a contender.
Edith Bouvier Beale In their remarkable documentary Grey Gardens, the Mayles Brothers spend time with mad US aristocrat Beale, the great aunt of John F Kennedy, at her crumbling Hamptons mansion where she lives with her daughter ‘Little Edie’. Beale is a vision of cherishable eccentricity – all fur coat and headscarves. (Paul Dale)
Run Granny Run, Filmhouse, 623 8030, 23 Aug, 4.30pm, £7.95 (£5.50).