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About the Film
Academy Award-winner Gene Hackman ("Unforgiven," "The Firm"), a former pro-football star turned private eye, is caught up in a dark web of crime. More than a suspense thriller, the movie is also a compelling character study of a man trying to find himself. Co-stars Academy Award-nominees Melanie Griffith ("Working Girl," "Nobody's Fool") -- in her screen debut -- and Academy Award-nominee and Emmy-winner James Woods ("Nixon," "Ghosts of Mississippi"), deftly written by Alan Sharp ("Rob Roy") and directed by Academy Award-nominee Arthur Penn ("Bonnie and Clyde").
A fine example of 70s film making right here, Night Moves drifts along for an enthralling opening 75 minutes, never quite giving the game away as to where its headed. Instead in this drawn out beginning, you are presented with a delightful script which gives the well crafted characters plenty of room to breathe and develop, being both intelligent and witty. Each actor carries their roll with aplomb, there is no filler here whatsoever. Suddenly the film switches up four gears for the somewhat out of character rollercoaster finale, messy (literally) and perhaps feeling a touch forced before the absolutely stunning final shot, perhaps my favourite final shot this side of the original Pelham 1,2,3. Smart film, well worth you 100 minutes.
One of the best thriller - noirs from the 70s. Gene Hackman faultless as Moseby in pursuit of Girl gone AWOL (Melanie Griffiths' first role). There so much more going on than just the plot. One for the collection and to watch again again. No Special affects just great actting and pace.
Hard not to love.
Its a period piece for sure, but of the period, it’s a bit of a classic.