Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Night Moves (1975)

Director: Arthur Penn

Starring: Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Susan Clark, Edward Binns, Harris Yulin, Kenneth Mars, Janet Wood, James Woods, Melanie Griffith

More info: IMDb

Tagline: What private eye Harry Moseby doesn't know about the girl he's looking for... just might get him killed.

Plot: Former footballer and present private detective Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as an aging Hollywood actress whose only major roles came thanks to being married to a studio mogul wants Moseby to find and return her stepdaughter. Harry travels to Florida to find her, but he begins to see a connection with the runaway girl, the world of Hollywood stuntmen, and a suspicious mechanic when an unsolved murder comes to light.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I always get excited whenever I catch a 70s crime picture so last night this fit the bill.  The crime genre during this decade were consistently grittier and bleaker than ever.  Film makers took chances and went places audiences weren't used to.  NIGHT MOVES wasn't what I was hoping for but I still enjoyed it.  Hackman is ALWAYS fun to watch.  I love that guy.  This picture is less of an action crime picture (there's a little bit of action but not much) than it is of a man (Hackman) trying to find himself and to try and fix his broken life.  But of course, along the way, he nails a hot broad, sees Melanie Griffith totally naked, kills some dudes and gets a paid trip to the Florida Keys.  Not bad.  I can dig it.

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