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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").
Existentialism for Regular Guys Who Like Football
Gene Hackman plays Harry Moseby, a Los Angeles private eye with marital problems, a struggling business and limited career prospects. A former football star, his best days seem to be behind him when he is hired to track down the free-spirited daughter of a wealthy Hollywood widow. Although it's a case that sounds ripped straight from the pages of hard-boiled detective fiction, there is nothing routine or predictable about this film. Night Moves raises many questions about identity and why people make the choices they do, but provides few answers. Much like the great Bogart films, Night Moves succeeds at addressing serious subject matter without sacrificing any entertainment value.
Apple Has Mixed Up Trailers
The original “Night Moves” is very good. Haven’t seen the new one, but I was amused to see it’s 2014 trailer on the same page as this 1975 film!
prime 1970' noir
Penn's film exemplifies the noir atmosphere of the bleak, despairing 1970's in this excellent private investigator mystery. we may have come a long way, but very few films capture the ethos of the era as simply.