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Caine and Freeman think back to such geezer pairings as Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau or George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg in the crime romp “Going in Style.”

Shot on reasonable budgets, such movies still can find older audiences and earn their money back, they said.

“There was a thing that I read in an American newspaper, and it said there’s an extraordinary thing going on,” Caine said. “Older people are going back to the movies. They’re fed up with sitting watching TV. They go out, and they go and see a movie, and they have some dinner and go home.

“And that is true, because these pictures we’re doing now, 10 years ago they might go to DVD or television, but they get to theaters now and get an audience.”

Still to come, Freeman co-stars with Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas in the geriatric bachelor party comedy “Last Vegas.” Caine has the title role in “Mr. Morgan’s Last Love,” a drama he recently shot with Gillian Anderson and Clemence Poesy.

And Freeman and Caine like the sound of that retired buddy cop idea they pitched.

“Actually,” Caine said, “we would be very funny together.”

For any studio executives interested, Caine and Freeman’s agents are standing by.