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Academy Award-winner Art Carney ("The Honeymooners," "Harry & Tonto") stars as a semi-retired private eye who is drawn back into action when his longtime partner is shot to death while searching for the kidnapped cat of a kooky Los Angeles woman (Oscar-nominee Lily Tomlin, "9 to 5," "Big Business"). The fun really begins when the two team up in search of the murderer. . . and the cat. Co-starring Bill Macy (TV's "Maude"), Joanna Cassidy ("Who Framed Roger Rabbit?") and Howard Duff ("Dallas"). From an Oscar-nominated screenplay by Oscar-winner Robert Benton ("Nobody's Fool," "Places in the Heart"), who also directed. "Echoes of Chandler and Hammett resound," extols Leonard Maltin of this sleeper tribute to detective film noirs, and the "chemistry between Carney and Tomlin is perfect."
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This is an underrated detective film showing the seedy side of Los Angeles before gentrification, cable TV, computers, cell phones, and the metrolink. This is a trip back in time to the city of Angels in the late 70's. It's slow by today's standards, but stick with it. There is a funny chase scene with Lily Tomlin at the wheel. Art Carney is excellent as a retired detective looking into the death of an old friend, forced to deal with modern life. The movie is filled with great performances by many character actors like Eugene Roche, Bill Macy and Joanna Cassidy.
Superb 70s LA Noir
This movie is a gem. Most people have never heard of it. Carney is an old detective trying to solve the murder of an old friend. Tomlin is a kooky hippy who gets wrapped up in the case. Very well crafted, now forgotten. Raymond Chandler fans, this is your oeuvre.