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Twilight (1998)

  R HD Closed Captioning

Robert Benton

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Plot Summary

The Nobody's Fool (1994) team of Paul Newman, director Robert Benton, and scripter Richard Russo reassembled for this L.A. detective drama, beginning with a Puerto Vallarta prologue showing private eye Harry Ross (Newman) accidentally shot by 17-year-old Mel Ames (Reese Witherspoon) during his efforts to get her to return home. Two years later, the broke and divorced Ross lives in a garage apartment on the estate of Mel's parents, his movie-star friends Jack and Catherine Ames (Gene Hackman and Susan Sarandon). The cancer-ridden Jack is not unaware that Harry is attracted to Catherine. Delivering a package for Jack, Harry encounters elderly Lester Ivar (M. Emmet Walsh), who shoots at Harry and then dies. Harry's curiosity is provoked when he discovers that Ivar was an investigator checking into the disappearance of Catherine's first husband, written off 20 years earlier as an unsolved case, but now reactivated as Harry's sleuth-work leads him on a trail of past crimes and cover-ups. The Ames residence is actually the former Cedric Gibbons-Delores Del Rio home, and a never-completed Frank Lloyd Wright house near Malibu served as the Ames' ranchhouse.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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59%
  • Reviews Counted: 54
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 22
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film makes it a pleasure to watch the main characters -- played by Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman and James Garner -- sparring in style. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Despite its pluses, despite trying to do all the right things, Twilight comes up lacking in both energy and plot, two areas that no noir, geezer or otherwise, can afford to be caught short in. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jan 22, 2006

Fresh: Though the mystery doesn't need nearly that long to unravel, from moment to moment, the performances are all so good that it's easy to overlook the plot's flimsiness. – Charles Taylor, Salon.com, Mar 18, 2003

Rotten: Writer-director Robert Benton obviously intended to paint this neo-noir in somber tones, but he's succeeded beyond what's good for his movie. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Mar 18, 2003

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Customer Reviews

good god people!

stephenie meyer did not invent the word twilight.

dip sh** twilight fans

Can we all take a moment to enjoy how funny it is that stupid little girls are underrating this movie because its not based on Stephenie Meyer's series. Hilarious.

i guess people don

it's clear from the summary that this is not the new twilight. for someone to say the movie was bad just because it's not the new one is ridiculous. that's what you deserve for buying a movie without reading the summary. hilarious! i guess reading is no longer fundemental

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1998

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