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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars What is the World Coming To? May 3 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Forgive me, but why is there so much trash out there! This isn't a great movie, but it is tender, subtle, gripping and quirky. Expect that from a movies now and you'll be called pretentious - presumably films about real people are to be confined to the 'Art House' sector...sad!
This is a simple detective story which manages to take us under the skin of it's characters for a change, a la Raymond Chandler. Hackman is teriffic as usual - vulnerable, slightly shabby, nothing special, yet sympathetic and movingly human. Penn shows us a seedy, second-rate film world, crowded with life's casualties. It's just nice to see a skillfully made thriller which has some meat on it, as well as a pleasing lack of macho heroics, and some genuinely moving human dilemmas. I loved the bittersweet, rambling quality of it - another movie like Cutter's Way (see them togethor! )which is powered by character, and who's charcters are pleasingly ambiguous and complex. Avoid if you liked Con Air.......
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3.0 out of 5 stars CULT MOVIES 21 Feb. 2 1999
Format:VHS Tape
21. NIGHT MOVES (mystery-thriller, 1975) Private detective Harry Moseby (Gene Hackman) is hired by ex-model-turned-actress Arlene to find her 16-year old daughter, Delly (Melanie Griffith). After provoking a fight with 2 of her boyfriends she disappeared. Moseby finds Delly living with her stepfather in the Florida Keys. Before bringing her home, they discover the remains of an airplane sunk in the waters and a body inside later identified as one of Delly's boyfriends. Back in LA Moseby is surprised that Delly has also died in an auto wreck. Suspecting a connection between the 2 deaths his search leads him to a stolen statue that was lost at sea, close to where the plan was found. With a possible motive, Moseby goes after the killers.
Critique: Tough, sometimes confusing thriller packs surefire acting, direction (by Arthur Penn) that is reminiscent of the classic film-noir of 40s and 50s crime flicks. Gene Hackman's private detective is a variation on the Sam Spade and Mike Hammer's of that era. Yet again, Hackman's performance keeps the film interesting and exciting. His intense search uncovers perversity even in the most unlikely of places. He has a great 'domestic' scene that involves the idea that his wife is cheating on him. Unlike "hardboiled dicks" of the era though, his character shows more compassion. 18-year-old Melanie Griffith's debut is also a standout as a tawdry (femme fatale?) whose youthful promiscuity has an attractive sexuality.
QUOTE: Delly: "I like being patted like that. It's supposed to remind you, before you were born, of your mother's heart beating on your back."
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5.0 out of 5 stars To the poster below
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. Read more
Published on May 16 2002 by Kevin D Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a correction!!!!!!!
Just a comment THIS IS NOT MELINES FIRST MOVIE , HER FIRST MOVIE
WAS " CHERRY 2000 "
Published on April 8 2002 by Diane Gabik
3.0 out of 5 stars JUST OK
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2001 by walter flakus
5.0 out of 5 stars The film that made me love movies
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.
Published on Feb. 2 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic duo
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... Read more
Published on Dec 20 2000 by D. Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Detective flicks!
Yes, this film really is one of the the single best detective genre films ever made. Arthur Penn did a heck of a job with this marvel and I think it's my favorite of all his... Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2000 by "skipmccoy"
5.0 out of 5 stars Near perfect
Detective films do not get any better that this, from director Arthur Penn and screenwriter Alan Sharp.
Published on May 3 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Noir Classic
Night Moves stands with The Maltese Falcon, Chinatown and L.A. Confidential as one of the finest American detective movies ever made. Read more
Published on April 14 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD DETECTIVE YARN
THIS SLEEK DETECTIVE STUDY DIRECTED BY ARTHUR PENN PLOTS GENE HACKMAN IN A BRILLANT PERFORMACE AS A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR TRYING TO SOLVE A BAFFLING MYSTERY. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 1999
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