April 1 - Redford is back with ''The Company You Keep,'' a film the actor hopes teaches a lesson. John Russell reports.
Politics, family and drama all come together for the new film "The Company You Keep." The movie is a fictional thriller based on a 2003 novel and follows a former left-wing American militant whose past comes back to haunt him. Redford plays Jim Grant, a respectable lawyer and widower with a young daughter whose life is thrown into turmoil when his secret identity, as a member of The Weather Underground decades earlier, is revealed by a tenacious reporter played by Shia LaBeouf. SOUNDBITE Robert Redford, saying (English): "In a sense you might be informing young people about a piece of American history they may not know about. That could also apply to them because I'm sure most all young people are passionate about something, you know? And they are committed and they're passionate. They don't think about tomorrow. They don't think about yesterday. They're in the moment. That's what these people were at one time. So now will that inform young people. I don't know, we'll see? Will it entertain them? I hope so otherwise I've made a big mistake." Seventy-six year-old Redford spent 4 years developing the film. "The Company You Keep" will be released in New York and Los Angeles on April 5th.