Night Moves (Arthur Penn – 1975) B+

It’s a convoluted plot and Gene Hackman, in the role of  private detective Harry Moseby, cannot make heads or tails of it. Neither can we most of the time. That’s the point. He is in over his head, thinks he knows what is going on, but really does not. The film feels like it starts in the middle as Moseby takes on a case to locate the missing seventeen year old daughter of an actress who is past her prime. At the same time he finds out his wife is cheating on him. His confrontation of her and then her lover does not quiet go as we would expect. He does not have that under control either. The film is set in Florida and LA, in and around Hollywood sets. It’s about smuggling and murder and the detective who is trying to make his way from one end to the other.




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