No matter our age, we wonder how we may feel as we get older.
This weekend, movies on television explore the realities of aging, in a range of movies that give us something to think about. So, without leaving home, you can enjoy some excellent films and consider some important thoughts.
Take a look at what’s available.
Open Range (2003)
As challenging as it can be to age in today’s world, the Old West made life a lot more challenging for its senior citizens. Just ask Robert Duvall. In this tribute to the Western, he has to endure bullets, bribery and bad guys. But he does get to ride a cool horse.
Friday, September 23, 6 p.m., AMC
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Where can people go to retire when they can’t afford to stay where they are? According to this popular film, retirees are welcome in India, as they long as they bring their patience, calm and a collection of one-liners. Judi Dench and Maggie Smith have a lot of fun.
Friday, September 23, 5 p.m.; Saturday, September 24, 3 p.m.; FXM
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Many need or want to work as long as they can. But aging in a profession can be challenging as Jack Lemmon learns in this film adaptation of the David Mamet play. As a real estate man still trying to deal, Lemmon is moving as a professional whose dreams stay young.
Friday, September 23, 8 p.m., Flix
I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
When our parents need more care than they may realize, the choices can be difficult, the reactions emotional, the relationships pressured. In this film based on Robert Anderson’s play, Melvyn Douglas breaks our hearts as a senior citizen who wants to retain his dignity.
Friday, September 23, 9:30 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Notting Hill (1999)
Even stars must age as Julie Roberts learns in this romantic comedy from Ricard Curtis, the writer of Four Weddings and a Funeral. Hugh Grant is on hand to remind Roberts that she’s not the only one to confront the realities of time. But she does have the best smile.
Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m., Flix
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1945)
Lana Turner made a career out of looking ageless. No matter the stage in her work, from her early film noir offerings – including this romantic tale of lover, jealousy and murder – to late movie soap operas she was the picture of elegance, sophistication and savvy.
Saturday, September 24, 8:30 a.m., Turner Classic Movies
With Six You Get Eggroll (1968)
Doris Day always said she wanted to leave the screen before it was time. After several years as the number one box office attraction, she began to realize how tastes had changed in the later 1960s. And she made this family comedy was one of her last feature films.
Saturday, September 24, 6:15 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Susan Slade (19610
The lovely Dorothy McGuire never seemed to age despite the passage of years. She is just as appealing in this soap opera as when she complicated Gregory Peck’s life in Gentleman’s Agreement some 15 years before. And she alone makes this movie hokum feel credible.
Sunday, September 25, 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies
Air Force One (1997)
Harrison Ford is as ageless an actor as we see in movies today, a man who never reminds us how much as time has passed, especially when enduring intense physical sequences. This turn, as a President with courage and balance, is one of the actor’s best action portrayals.
Sunday, September 25, 2:30 p.m., BBC