October 23, 1992
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The final adventure is an elaborate heist, very similar to the schemes in Ocean's Eleven movies: techno-gadgets combined with simple con games, riding on top of elevators, hacking into security cameras, stealing ID badges, etc. Rewatching the movie 15 years later, it's still a fun ride, despite half the technology being improbable, and the other half hopelessly outdated. The cast is very odd: Redford's team consists of Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, David Strathairn, River Phoenix, and Mary McDonnell. (While watching McDonnell and Redford's scenes on TV, my wife said "is this the most cold fish couple you ever saw or what?") The antagonist is Ben Kingsley, with a "Silicon Valley entrepreneur" ponytail and a bizarre American accent.
In a flashback, we see the Redford character in college in 1969, played by veteran TV actor Gary Hershberger. It's always hard to cast younger versions of movie stars, because we know the star's faces so well, but this was a special challenge, because Redford was already famous in 1969 (Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid), so everyone knows exactly how the character should look: like Sundance. They found Hershberger looks like Gary Busey with a blond wig, but he's pretty convincing anyways.