Moviegeek5: Still Going Strong

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Anyone who thinks only the young and restless can make movies can think again! There are several veteran actors around, who are still around simply because they are great and there are plenty of movies where they prove they not only still have what it takes, in some cases they exceed our expectations! We have chosen a selection of movies in which the leading starts are in their golden age, and if you still need to get your grannies a Christmas present, we have made it real easy and added links on where to buy movies they are bound to enjoy!


Cocoon (1985)

This eighties classic sees a great selection of the veteran stars of this pastel coloured decade as they steal the show from the younger fellow actor Steve Guttenberg. Don Ameche, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, these are all names which should ring a bell for fans of classic movies and which gives and idea of the talent present in this charming Ron Howard movie dealing with the search of eternal youth. A wonderful and undying sci-fi classic which spawned a sequel in 1988.

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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

He may be a big star today, but when he starred in this wonderful movie Morgan Freeman was unknown to the average audience, even though he earned his first Oscar nomination two years prior. He earned a second nomination for his role as chauffeur to Miss Daisy, while Miss Daisy herself, Jessica Tandy, became the oldest to win in the Best Actress category at the Academy Awards.

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Grumpy Old Men (1993)

In the next decade, two veteran actors starred in a romantic comedy which became one of the biggest hit of the year. Starring together for the sixth time, Walter Mattheu and Jack Lemmon knew their way around each other and quickly became a couple everyone wanted to see, so much that a sequel followed to give us more of the two grumpiest men around. Add Ann-Margret and it was proved that you never get too old for love.

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The Bucket List (2007)

Another Morgan Freeman movie and this time he is opposite the larger than life Jack Nicholson.The only thing Edward and Carter have in common is that they are terminal ill, but as they set out to check of everything on their bucket list before dying, a friendship develops between them. For a movie so much about illness and dying, The Bucket List is enormously life-affirming and a real feel good movie reminding you to grab every opportunity given to you by life.


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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

The last on our list is also the one with the most impressive ensemble cast. With Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith, the movie has several Oscar winners and nominees among the veteran actors in this charming and colourful movie as well as Oscar nominee Dev Patel starring too. The movie itself was nominated for two Golden Globes and is a heart-warming movie showing it is never too late to change your life as a group of retirees move to India to spend their remaining years. Especially Dench and Smith are brilliant as they portray characters struggling in each their way. A wonderful movie that will warm any winter heart.

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