Robert Redford bids farewell to acting with crime caper at TIFF

Robert Redford bowed out on Monday from a 50-year acting career, calling what he has said will be his final movie "a wonderful film to go out on".

The Toronto Film Festival audience erupted with applause after the screening of comedy caper The Old Man & The Gun, in which the 81-year-old Hollywood veteran plays a charming, real-life bank robber who was caught 17 times in his 60-year crime career but who managed to escape from jail every time.

"I've always been attracted to the idea of outlaws since I was a kid and I played that out in my work a lot, so this just followed suit," he said.

Redford said last month that he would retire from acting after the release of The Old Man & The Gun as he wants to spend more time on art - his first love - and plans to continue directing.

Director David Lowery said the film - which opens here on Jan 17 - was "a spiritual successor" to the movies that made Redford a star and that he shot it in the style of 1970s crime films.

On Redford's appeal, Lowery said that his voice and face on camera "can captivate you like nothing else". - REUTERS