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Gumshoe (1972)

Director: Stephen Frears     Starring: Albert Finney
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Format: DVD
Sku: 210609810
UPC: 043396285750
UPC 14: 00043396285750
Category Keywords: Detectives  Murder  Theatrical Release
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Editor's Note
GUMSHOE, the directorial debut of British director Stephen Frears, is an entertaining salute to Hollywood's classic private eye movies. Albert Finney stars as Eddie Ginley, a second-rate British vaudevillian who has always been a fan of detective books and films. He finally gets the chance to make his fantasies a reality when there's a murder and he plays "gumshoe" to find the killer, much to the chagrin of his level-headed brother (Frank Finlay) and sister-in-law (Billie Whitelaw). In the process, he gets mixed up with the members of a black South African liberation movement, a mysterious and sinister "fat man" (George Silver), patterned after character actor Sydney Greenstreet, and an attractive American married woman (Janice Rule). As Eddie comes closer to solving the mystery, the film offers numerous plot twists, along with a lot of laughs.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/3/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 86 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1972
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 28575
Video UPC UPC: 00043396285750
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Albert Finney
Video Cast Info Billie Whitelaw
Video Cast Info Janice Rule
Video Cast Info Frank Finlay
Video Cast Info Stephen Frears - Director
Plot Summary
Albert Finney stars as Eddie Ginley, a part-time British comic who dreams of becoming a detective, and when he suddenly gets the chance, he finds himself in the middle of a murder and way over his usually empty head. This hysterical satire of hard-boiled detective movies offers numerous twists and turns and hilarious plot-twists as Eddie plays "gumshoe."

Memorable Quotes

"The Plaza Hotel is the kind of place where the Axminster tickles your knees and you need a black tie to take a bath."----Eddie Ginley (Albert Finney)

"Sam Spade: Ginley's the name, gumshoe's the game. Private investigation. No divorce work."----a classified ad that Eddie Ginley puts in a newspaper

Professional Reviews

4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] fresh, entertaining take on the early 1970s....The old-fashioned movie-pastiche score is one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's better credits." 09/01/2007 p.163

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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