Night Moves

Directed By: Arthur Penn Starring: Gene Hackman

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An LA detective leaves his marital woes behind to pursue a missing person case in the Florida Keys and reopens an old murder investigation.


Studio Warner
SKU 40714551
UPC 012569688728
UPC 14 00012569688728
Format DVD
Release Date 4/27/2010
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Gene Hackman is perfect as Harry Moseby, a second-rate gumshoe working on low-end cases while trying to straighten out his own muddled life. When he is contacted by a mother looking for her young movie-actress daughter, Harry supposes it is just another dull case. He finds the girl and brings her home with little trouble. But soon Harry learns of the girl's death shortly after her return. He discovers the death of one of her boyfriends as well and, connecting the two "accidents," tries to unravel an ever-growing mystery. NIGHT MOVES is a film-noir-style detective story that is moody, gritty, and unpredictable to the very end.
Plot Summary
Summary Done in the classic film-noir style of 1940s crime dramas, NIGHT MOVES continues the tradition of hard-boiled detectives, twisting plots, and dark themes. Gene Hackman is Harry Moseby, a cut-rate private detective who just isn't very good at what he does. Most of his cases are routine and very dull. When a wealthy woman hires him to track down her missing daughter, Harry believes it to be just another missing-persons case. He locates the girl and brings her back home, despite the girl's protests. Days later she turns up dead and Harry suspects foul play. Soon Harry finds himself embroiled in a mystery that leads to smuggling rings, double-crosses, and seductions. The inexperienced gumshoe finds himself totally out of his league as he is caught in the middle of this dangerous web of lies and murder. Hackman is excellent as the somewhat soft-boiled detective who's job is making him increasingly paranoid. Melanie Griffith is also a standout in her movie debut as Delly, the promiscuous Lolita whom Harry is sent to find. Arthur Penn's direction is taut, evoking the atmosphere of classic noir thrillers such as THE MALTESE FALCON and DOUBLE INDEMNITY to great effect. With crime rings, murder, unexpected plot twists, an overall dark mood, and tawdry sex, NIGHT MOVES is a top-notch entry in the detective movie genre.
Sight and Sound "...A thriller with an abundance of plot..." 06/01/1975 p.190
Entertainment Weekly "[A] sultry PI noir..." 07/22/2005 p.58
USA Today "[S]creenwriter Alan Sharp's dialogue, as edgy as his name, combines with Penn's incisive direction to create memorable characters played by Hackman, Ward, Jennifer Warren and a young James Woods." 07/22/2005 p.2E
Arthur Penn
Gene Hackman
Cast & Crew
Alan Sharp - Writer
Arthur Penn - Director
Bruce Surtees - Cinematographer
Dede Allen - Editor
Gene Hackman - Actor
George Jenkins - Production Designer
James Woods - Actor
Jennifer Warren - Actor
Michael Small - Original Music By
Robert M. Sherman - Producer
Susan Clark - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1975
Catalog ID 68872
UPC 00012569688728
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Night Moves is one of the best psychological thrillers in a long time, probably since Don'
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hackman,Gene
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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