Night Moves

Night Moves

DVD - 2005
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Former football player 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.

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SunsetBranch
Jun 11, 2020

A fractured detective is sent to retrieve a fractured kid. All in all it's pretty bleak, but, then, that's the 70s for you.
Still, there's a nice, almost redeeming, scene where he pats the child's back and comforts her

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loella
Feb 22, 2019

Such a bore! Gene Hackman plays Philip Marlowe-rip-off PI Harry Moseby very shallowly, and the rest of the cast, given cardboard characters, doesn't try to make much more of them. Like many other American mainstream movies of the 1970s and ever since, Night Moves seems timid and hollow, unable to portray characters with any body to them. Probably Sam Fuller could have done this movie right, but his independence and humanity were despised in 1970s Hollywood. A very dreary and unengaging movie, whose surprise ending doesn't because there's no one involved to care about. It is handsomely put together, however, especially by celebrated editor Dede Allen. Michael Small's dull, ugly music stinks, stinks, stinks, but it does seem appropriate to the milieu. --Ray Olson

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candlesticktroughs
Aug 30, 2017

the young and attractive costar was Melanie Griffith.

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lukasevansherman
May 01, 2016

"'Night Moves' was Penn's point of turning, his last carefully structured work, a strong and bitter film, whose bitterness emerges from a loneliness that exists as a given, rather than loneliness fought against, a fight that marks most of Penn's best work. 'Night Moves' is a film of impotence and despair, and it marks the end of a cycle."-Robert Kolker, "The Cinema of Loneliness"
1975's "Night Moves" reunites "Bonnie and Clyde" director Arthur Penn and actor Gene Hackman. Like many 1970s new American cinema films, it takes a familiar genre (detective film) and makes it darker and bleaker. Hackman's p.i. is like a wearier, meaner cousin to Elliott Gould's Philip Marlowe from "The Long Goodbye." A teenage Melanie Griffith made her debut in this and it's also an early film for James Woods. It has a classic 1970s bummer ending.

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JackPurcell
Apr 30, 2015

A costume party where everyone dresses up in 1970s attire and pretends to be in a murder mystery. If you're one of those people who only remember Jennifer Warren as a supporting role in the long drama of Leonard Cohen's life you'll be pleased an edified to see her here when she was still young and shockingly attractive making love to Gene Hackman.

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Courier2003
May 05, 2014

INTERESTING STORY FOR 2005 MOVIE. LOTS OF TWISTS AND TURNS TO FIGURE OUT WHO DONE IT WITH THIS TANGLED WEB. AIRPLANE STUNTS GREAT.
COULD GRIFFITH'S RISE TO STARDOM COME AFTER HER NUDE SCENES AS A TEENAGER?

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jimg2000
Jul 17, 2011

1975 thriller: a LA detective retrieved the runaway teen daughter from Florida back to her over-the-hill ex-actress mother, only to learn that the teen was soon killed in a movie shoot during an auto stunt. Lots of twists and more bodies related to the teen turned up ... he finally solved the crimes at the very end. Featured a barely legal Melanie Griffith as the troubled teen.

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