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Night Moves [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Gene Hackman , Jennifer Warren , Arthur Penn    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Susan Clark, Edward Binns, Harris Yulin
  • Directors: Arthur Penn
  • Writers: Alan Sharp
  • Producers: Gene Lasko, Robert M. Sherman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009GX1CE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,418 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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, ageing private eye who, as a favour 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. Night Moves' great cast includes Susan Clark, Jennifer Warren, a young James Woods, and very young Melanie Griffith. --Marshall Fine

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An underestimated masterpiece by Arthur Penn. A key film of the '70s.


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4.7 out of 5 stars
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Harry Moseby is a private investigator with a marriage that's falling apart and an unwillingness to deal with his own personal issues. He used to play pro ball for Oakland; now he gets by with divorce work. He likes to solve chess problems. He's smarter than you think. One day he gets a call from a friend who says he's got a case for Harry. A 16-year-old girl, daughter of an alcoholic former small-time movie star and a deceased Hollywood mogul, has run away. Harry tracks the teenager down to an island off Florida and the home of her stepfather, Tom Iverson. Iverson and his wife, Paula, run a small charter boat operation. The days are filled with hot sunshine. The nights with puzzles and temptations. Harry intends to return the girl to her mother, but lands up to his eyes in murder, Hollywood stunt men, stolen Mexican artifacts and emotional betrayal.

Night Moves stars Gene Hackman as Moseby. It's one of his best roles. Arthur Penn directed and I'd put it up there with Penn's best. Several things make this movie so good. First is the coherence of a complicated story. At times Moseby is a step or two ahead of us. Some times we're a step or two ahead of Moseby. The solution, however, comes as a logical but surprising revelation to both Moseby and us. All the elements were there if we'd only noticed them. Penn's direction keeps us engrossed in the story and in the action. Even when Moseby is dealing with his wife who is having an affair, in part because of Moseby's own emotional distance, Penn keeps us involved and looking forward to the next part of the story.

Equally important, Night Moves features some first rate actors whom we believe in as their characters. After Hackman is Jennifer Warren as Paula Iverson, a complicated mixture of honesty and evasion.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Moves 9 May 2012
Format:DVD
Part of the thrill in watching this great film lies in the sense of discovery. Made in Hollywood in the early 1970s by a first-rate cast and crew, Night Moves disappeared soon after release and has largely been neglected ever since.

Rarely seen on television, and not easily available on DVD, Night Moves has gradually attained recognition, at least in some quarters, for being a fascinating detective thriller with a post-Watergate subtext. A revisionist detective movie was not to the public's taste (just as the Missouri Breaks, a revisionist western, similarly failed at the box office). And yet Night Moves, with a script by respected Scottish novelist Alan Sharp, contains a fine performance from Gene Hackman, and was directed by Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde).

Although it was released in 1975, Penn filmed Night Moves late in 1973, extensively reworking Sharp's script (originally titled, The Dark Tower). Penn hadn't released a movie since Little Big Man in 1970. During this three year break, he seemed to suffer some sort of personal crisis, and claims only to have agreed to make Night Moves on a whim; it was in fact originally a Sidney Pollack project. The film follows ex pro-footballer Harry Moseby (Gene Hackman), an LA private investigator who is searching for the runaway daughter of a faded movie actress. Moseby, meanwhile, discovers that his wife is having an affair. We soon realise that Moseby is a man who seems disconnected both from himself, and those around him. As the plot proceeds, Moseby uncovers clue after clue, but seems to lack the facility to see and understand the reality of his own situation.

Arthur Penn, speaking of the film's origins, referred to the Kennedy assassinations, and the sense of despair and pervading lack of optimism in American life.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder, Mystery, Suspense - you gotta respect it 13 Jan 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Right from the word go you know that this film is never going to lose your attention. Never spoonfed you have to make sure that you follow the film's intricacies as one trip out of the room and you will lose the plot altogether, (a bit like Gene Hackman's character in the film). The film however does deserve your full attention and the viewer is fully rewarded for watching with an ending that will leave you gobsmacked. Rife with Murder, Mystery and suspense the classic ingredients to cook a tantalising broth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Night Moves is directed by Arthur Penn and written by Alan Sharp. It stars Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Susan Clark, James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Edward Binns, Harris Yulin, Kenneth Mars and Janet Ward. Music is by Michael Small and cinematography by Bruce Surtees.

Former footballer turned private detective in Los Angeles Harry Moseby (Hackman), gets hired by an ageing actress to track down her trust-funded daughter Delly Grastner (Griffith), who is known to be in Florida. With his own personal life shaken by his wife's infidelity, Harry dives into the Grasten case with determination. Unfortunately nothing is as it first seems and it's not long before Harry is mired in murky goings on...

It sounds kind of bleak. Or is it just the way you tell it?

The locale is often bright and sunny but that's about the only thing that is in this excellent neo-noir. Harking back, and doffing its cap towards, the noir detective films of the classic cycle, Night Moves is ripe with characters who are either dubious or damaged. Protagonist Harry Moseby is thrust into a melancholic world that he has no control over, but he doesn't know this fact. As the mystery at the core of the dense plot starts to unravel, there's a bleakness, a 1970s air of cynicism, that pervades the narrative. Culminating in a finale that's suitably dark and ambiguous.

Harry thinks if you call him Harry again he's gonna make you eat that cat!

Alan Sharp's (Ulzana's Raid) terrific screenplay is appropriately as sharp as a razor. Dialogue is often hardboiled or zinging with wit, and the conversations come with sadness or desperation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, Great Script- Hackman is on Fire- but something is...
When released in 1975, Night Moves came and went almost without trace. So it's nice to have the film on DVD, though it is still unavailable in Europe. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Colonel Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie - not released in UK. delivery from USA worked fine
excelent fast deal. good product. as described. would deal again. no extra charges or customs levy. have been looking for this title for ages
Published 13 months ago by D.B. Milne
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Moves
Part of the thrill in watching this great film lies in the sense of discovery. Made in Hollywood in the early 1970s by a first-rate cast and crew, Night Moves disappeared soon... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Yvonne Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars A 1970`s late night gem
Get the six pack out start watching at midnght,and some great entertainment can be had by all,not a fast action movie but keeps you viewing,and has the usual 70`s naked females... Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2011 by Mrgvase
5.0 out of 5 stars night moves
It was around this period that private eyes became caught up in taking a closer
interest in not only their own personal problems,but also those of their clients. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2010 by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars check mate
A fine example of 70s film making right here, Night Moves drifts along for an enthralling opening 75 minutes, never quite giving the game away as to where its headed. Read more
Published on 16 July 2010 by A.D.M.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Florida, My Part of the World"...
...so said an old American TV ad. This is a superb 1970's noir-style private eye thriller set in the Florida Keys, as well as in LA and New Mexico. Read more
Published on 20 April 2009 by Ian Millard
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