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Night Moves (Sous-titres franais) [Import] (Bilingual)
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Night Moves (DVD)
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
The detective, Harry Moseby (Gene Hackman), admits near the end that ï¿½I didn't solve anything,ï¿½ and heï¿½s half correct. The final shot of a helpless boat going round in circles, solitary on the sea, is a perfect metaphor for this filmï¿½s sullen aftereffect.
At one point a character asks Moseby if he remembers where he was when Kennedy was shot, and Moseby replies, ï¿½Which Kennedy?ï¿½ When the woman just shrugs and says, ï¿½Any Kennedy,ï¿½ 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 donï¿½t mind a mystery that poses as many questions as it answers, "Night Moves" is a treat. Yes, youï¿½ll find out who the bad guy is at the end, but by that time it wonï¿½t even seem to matter much anymore. And in a weird way, thatï¿½s the filmï¿½s last lesson.
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.......
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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This is just a bare bones DVD nothing special here except for the film itself. Video quality isn't the best compared to what's on the market these days with BluRay and Digital HD... Read morePublished 5 months ago by AjaxLikesBooks
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 morePublished on May 16 2002 by Kevin D Campbell
Just a comment THIS IS NOT MELINES FIRST MOVIE , HER FIRST MOVIE
WAS " CHERRY 2000 "
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 morePublished on Nov. 11 2001 by walter flakus
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
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 morePublished on Dec 20 2000 by D. Hartley
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 morePublished on Sept. 18 2000
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