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Night Moves [Import]

Gene Hackman , Jennifer Warren , Arthur Penn    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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This vastly underrated Arthur Penn film from the mid-1970s ranks as one of the era's nastiest and most fascinating pieces of business, a detective story that shuttles back and forth between Hollywood and the Florida Keys, with a plot nearly as complex as Chinatown. Gene Hackman stars as a tired, aging private eye who, as a favor to a friend, agrees to track down a runaway teen. But the case turns out to be something much larger: a smuggling ring of Mayan antiquities. The human impulses get darker and darker and Hackman's character gets pulled in deeper and deeper, even as his own life is falling apart. Ultimately, in one of his best and most unsung performances, Hackman winds up hurting the people he is trying to help. A great cast includes Susan Clark, Jennifer Warren, a young James Woods, and very young Melanie Griffith. --Marshall Fine

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tangled up in the Watergate-era Blues Dec 6 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Film-noir, cynical thriller, jaded mystery,... Night Moves is all those things. There were many conspiracy saturated films after Watergate but Penns film is perhaps even darker because it finds the seed of corruption in every aspect of American life . Everyone is in some way morally compromised and if not yet corrupt getting very near to being so. And they start young. A very young Melanie Griffith plays the runaway teen who seems perfectly capable of finding her way as well as getting her way and doesn't really need any finding. Gene Hackman plays the detective doing the family a favor. And James Woods plays what at first seems like a villainous role but there are no easy gradations in this film. Everything and everyone operates in their own grey area. There is no high ground.
The locations are perfectly chosen. L.A. and the Florida Keys each have a wonderfully seedy resonance in any film goers mind. The locations are wonderful surfaces which barely conceal the dirty secrets seething just below the water line. Hackman tracks Griffith from L.A. to the Keys and there encounters the very sexy drop out Jennifer Warren living in tropic squalor mixed up in the trafficking of all kinds of strange cargo. The plot is complex to describe but all is very competently put together into a flawlessly structured whole by the great Arthur Penn. The ending allows for no easy resolution and may have effected the way the film was intitially received but it is a gutsy exit. One of the great films of a great period in American cinema, the early 70's. Smuggle this film into your library.
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Gene Hackman stars in this gritty well made dectective movie which bares a close resemblence to Polanski's CHINATOWN. an aging private eye who tracks down a movie star's runnaway teen but as the case goes on it becomes larger than what detective thinks as involves mayan drug smuggling. With each passing moment the storylinegets more complex but somehow manges never to lose it's appeal thanks to Hackman's great solid acting. The ending is worth waiting for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To the poster below May 17 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Ummm...to the poster below: Cherry 2000 came out in the 80's. This is from the 70's. Don't correct when the correcting is wrong. Enough about that though, just watch this movie. A bonafide classic in a world of diminishing expectations when it comes to flicks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just a correction!!!!!!! April 8 2002
Format:VHS Tape
WAS " CHERRY 2000 "
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3.0 out of 5 stars JUST OK Nov. 11 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Although much praised, I found this film to be just an average noir private eye film. The tape I had showed the photography to be lacking; some scenes were so dimly lit that you could barely discern the action. I believe Arthur Penn's direction is lacking too.
It is a chance to see a young Melanie Griffith and James Woods though. Who would have thought at the time how well they would be paired up in the future in "Another Day in Paradise."
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4.0 out of 5 stars A deconstructive mystery movie Aug. 4 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Here´¿s a new one for you: The more the detective uncovers in this ´¿70s noir, the murkier the plot gets. A mystery in reverse, thematically speaking.
The detective, Harry Moseby (Gene Hackman), admits near the end that ´¿I didn't solve anything,´¿ and he´¿s half correct. The final shot of a helpless boat going round in circles, solitary on the sea, is a perfect metaphor for this film´¿s sullen aftereffect.
At one point a character asks Moseby if he remembers where he was when Kennedy was shot, and Moseby replies, ´¿Which Kennedy?´¿ When the woman just shrugs and says, ´¿Any Kennedy,´¿ you feel the the moral weariness of the time and place like a damp, heavy coat.
Gene Hackman is arguably the most watchable actor we have, and Melanie Griffith is worth catching, too, in this, her film debut.
If you don´¿t mind a mystery that poses as many questions as it answers, "Night Moves" is a treat. Yes, you´¿ll find out who the bad guy is at the end, but by that time it won´¿t even seem to matter much anymore. And in a weird way, that´¿s the film´¿s last lesson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The film that made me love movies Feb. 2 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Gene Hackman , in one of his best roles ; this thriller can be seen at so many levels .Craftily directed by the underrated Mr Penn , this is american moviemaking at its best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic duo Dec 20 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This outstanding, largely ignored 1975 film noir re-united star Gene Hackman and director Arthur Penn for the first time since 1967's "Bonnie And Clyde" (they also worked together on 1985's "Target"). Hackman gives one of his career-best performances as a world weary P.I. who gets mixed up in a case of battling ex-spouses that quickly descends into the sludgier depths of incest,smuggling and murder. In the meantime,Hackman's own marriage is floundering, and the script cleverly parallels this disintegration with the layers of deception and corruption exposed as he peels away the mystery of his case. The excellent supporting cast includes a very young Melanie Griffith, James Woods and Jennifer Warren. The film features an excellent jazz soundtrack (a vocal version of the haunting title theme appears on Michael Frank's "Art Of Tea" album). Intelligent, adult entertainment.
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