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Fred Williamson looks for a cane and a girl and the two cases blend
I watched "Black Eye" because I saw it on a noir list. Indeed, yes, it is a 70s style noir. That means it is not primarily an action film, and it is definitely not a black exploitation film. It is, I would say, light on the noir, the main connection being the assortment of social misfits that he encounters, who are of questionable character.
Fred Williamson capably plays a private detective who is honest but currently not raking in the dough. In this capacity he is working on two cases at once. Hired by Richard Anderson, he is looking for a missing girl, Anderson's daughter. On his own, Williamson is looking for the murderer of a neighbor of his, a pretty prostitute. He is also finding that his attractive girl friend, Teresa Graves, is bisexual and having an affair with the successful Rosemary Forsyth.
All of this gets quite complicated as Williamson moves around Los Angeles, visiting a variety of locations and meeting all sorts of unusual characters. That happens a lot in 70s detective shows like this, so that the movie falls into a pattern whose originality is more in how this is done.
Williamson's character can use his fists and escape from threats, barely, but he's laid back and not a brute. He could easily have done a series like "The Rockford Files".
I could not recount the complex plot without viewing the film again, an option I am not going to exercise at this time.
Overall, it's a decent if unexceptional detective crime story.
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