Night Moves (1975)
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A Hollywood detective's pursuit of a runaway teenaged girl leads him into a labyrinth of crime.]]>
- Vintage featurette: "The Day of the Director"
- Theatrical trailer
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Well directed by Penn ("Little Big Man", "Bonnie & Clyde"), "Night Moves" is the same rancid world that Gittes faced in "Chinatown" only the players have changed but not the greed that drives those that commit the crimes. Hackman delivers one of his finest performances. Susan Clark and the rest of the supporting cast all turn in terrific performances adding to the gritty realism of the film.
I've seen a couple of complaints about how dark the video was for this film. Rest assured, "Night Moves" looks terrific. Warner has struck a brand new print of the film and given it the deluxe treatment. Colors are vibrant and bright throughout the film. There's no noticeable dirt or debris to mar the picture and only an occasional analog flaw that was on the original negative of the film. The film features the original vintage featurette produced to promote the film focusing on the moive "Night Moves" and director Arthur Penn's approach to film directing as well as the original theatrical trailer for the film.
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.
As is common in other noirs, just about everyone in this film is corrupt, even including Hackman's character himself, to a certain point. As noted by another reviewer, this movie will remind many of 'Chinatown'. In the end, just about everyone loses.
I have a copy of this on VHS, and I bought the DVD for the widescreen. I was impressed by the image quality of the DVD -- it's a little grainy, but overall, quite high quality. I don't think anyone's going to be very disappointed by the transfer, considering it's a mid '70s film. The only extras are some trailers, and a sort of short documentary on the director.
Hackman is terrific in this, as he is in most of his other films. He can play genial one moment, and a moment later play cynical and tough. It's too bad he didn't get another opportunity at another role like this. Unfortunately, they don't really make films like this anymore.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always enjoy Gene Hackman movies. Never saw this movie in its entirety and have now. Love it.Published 20 days ago by Joseph E. Andrepont II
This movie has a Chinatown "everything-sucks-and-you-can't-do-anything-about-it" vibe not uncommon for serious movies of this era. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Teacherboy
If you like film noir, particularly the neo-noir of the 1970s and beyond (Chinatown, L.A. Confidential, etc.), you'll love this film. Read morePublished 2 months ago by TLR
Gene Hackman is a delight to watch, but the writing (especially the dialogue) is stilted and the story doesn't always hang together. Why did some of the characters have to die? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Deborah Turrell Atkinson
Great 70's ambience, great Hackman as a decent, not pathologically violent private Dick . Ambling, genial & reasonable compared to insanely violent flics like 'Taken' et.al.,. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Terence Donovan
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Alan Sharp-penned detective thriller finds down on his luck private detective Hackman (whose wife is doing the mess around on him) on the fritz as he gets sucked into the strange... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey