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Gumshoe [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Colour, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb. 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LMAK7E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,403 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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GUMSHOE - DVD Movie

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You won't have to be British and at least 40 to appreciate this, you don't even have to be a slightly nerdy detective novel reader and fan of those old Bogey movies to enjoy it, but if you happen to be all these things, I guarantee this is a must see film, though you've probably seen it already. To those that haven't, give it a try.

An early Frears film, it is well crafted with plenty of his slightly angled way of looking at things. The direction is lively as you'd expect, the scenes are sharp and always vying for your attention. The idea was to parody a few things at once. First, it is a very respectful parody of a typical Ray Chandler adaption. So the plot is deliberately complicated and almost impossible to follow. I still can't quite work it out, but realised years ago that I wasn't really meant to.

Second, it is a slightly less respectful parody of people from Liverpool, yes scousers, though this is mainly a background element because the film happens to be set there. It is a sort of filmic joke, saying 'Liverpool isn't quite L.A. is it' ( L.A. being the Capital City of Noir). A very smart Neville Smith (a scouser) script packs in alot of wit and social comment around the central plot, and he plays a cameo, as the gun seller to Eddie 'Gumshoe'.
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This was director Stephen Frears first film and stars Albert Finney as a Liverpool bingo caller/club comic with a Raymond Chandler obsession. He tries his hand at a being a private detective (the 'gumshoe' of the title) and gets involved in a case that involves murder, drugs and gun-running to Africa that is as convoluted as any of Chandler's own plots. Finney is backed up by an excellent supporting cast including Frank Findley and Billie Whitelaw, as well as Fulton Mackay who nearly steals the film from him as a Glasgow hard-man. Finney is excellent as the laid-back, sarcastic, wise-cracking provincial nobody, in what must have been one of his best big-screen roles since Arthur Seaton in 'Saturday night, Sunday morning'.

The film works surprisingly well as a homage to film noir that is set squarely in its own time (early 70s) in down-at-heel Liverpool. The script by scouser Neville Smith perfectly captures the spirit of Liverpool and even Finney's Salford accent (from all of 30 miles away) doesn't seem too out of place. It was also a very assured debut for Frears as director, he gets great performances from the cast and creates a nice sleezy, downbeat atmosphere throughout the film.
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A wonderful pastiche of Chandler Sam Spade films, this stars Albert Finney and was made on location in Liverpool in 1971. Finney stars as Eddie Ginley who is drawn into a web of intrigue when he plays at being a Private Eye. A great cast including Billie Whitelaw as his sister-in-law and Frank Finlay as his estranged brother, the script is razor sharp and the score by Andrew Lloyd Weber perfectly complements the dreary locations of 1970s Liverpool - all the locations are genuine. The plot takes some following, but the complexity pays off with a satisfying denouement.

Finney excels and his cod American accent (ironic considering most of his recent roles) is well suited to the pithy, acerbic humour of the one-liners that are littered throughout this short (80 minutes) but perfectly formed film. Fulton Mackay (of Porridge fame) gives a great turn as a menacing rival detective and there are also appearances by Carolyn Seymour (Survivors), Maureen Lipman and even Wendy Richards.

The labyrinthine plot, cracking dialogue and authentic settings combine to make this a true period piece which is well worth re-watching today.
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By R de Bulat TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2013
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The film is a tribute to Raymond Chandler, Film Noire, Humphrey Bogart, etc. It is a Hollywood pastiche, made deliberately corny by the fact of its northern grit: Albert Finney is made to seem absurd in his guise as a wannabe shamus and old film reference coincidences that make for a twisted plot and wake-up to reality finale. Gumshoe is not a widely known or appreciated film, which is a pity, because it is a classic of its kind, with a great cast and intriguing plot that has Finney bungling through until he finally cracks the case with dogged ineptitude and fool's luck that keeps him one step ahead of trouble: to describe it would spoil it. I saw this first at my art school film club and have never forgotten it. The DVD came out a few years ago and I bought it and watched it again, enthralled now as I was then; an excellent film, a first class thriller.
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Sony in London are releasing this film on UK DVD on March the 2nd, as comments on the IMDB show. It will be in the correct widescreen, unlike this DVD by Sony in Spain. Wait for the UK DVD!
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A very amusing homage to film noir, Neville Smith's screenplay for GUMSHOE is well worth a look. Set in Liverpool, Albert Finney does a great turn as Eddie Ginley, a bingo caller who dreams of being a private eye. His brothers murky activities gradually draw him into the world of the Private Eye.

Apart from Finney, here is a strong supporting cast, none of whom put a foot long, with not one dud performance amongst them. Some pastiche music from Andrew Lloyd Webber completes the picture.

A very entertaining film. What does puzzle me is how Sony's recent DVD release seems to be in such small numbers, and as such the film seems to be in short supply. Why, Sony?
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