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The Drowning Pool (1975)

PG | | Action, Crime, Mystery | July 1975 (USA)
A big-city private detective travels to the Deep South to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Broussard (as Tony Franciosa)
Linda Haynes ...
Joe Canutt ...
Pat Reavis (as Andy Robinson)
Coral Browne ...
Elaine Reavis
Leigh French ...
Red Head


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Fourth and final of four feature film collaborations of actor Paul Newman and director Stuart Rosenberg. The movies include WUSA (1970), Pocket Money (1972), Cool Hand Luke (1967) and The Drowning Pool (1975). See more »


When the fire hose is used in the hydrotherapy room, Mavis is initially left propped up unconscious in the corner while Harper is hosed down and struggles to get up. Once Mavis is hosed, she becomes conscious. The hosing stops, a short conversation ensures, and then the hose is turned on Harper again. During this scene Mavis is briefly shown as she was initially, unconscious and propped in the corner. This segment was clearly the continuation of the initial segment before Mavis was hosed. See more »


J.H. Kilbourne: You remember what I told you Mr Harper, about my crab-like ways.
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Killing Me Softly With His Song
By Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox
Scored and conducted by Charles Fox
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Perfect for a Paul Newman film festival
21 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A California PI is called to New Orleans and the locals start turning up dead. This is a relaxed thriller full of Southern kooks and cranks. Great cast, well-known director, and of course the worldly Ross MacDonald (aka Ken Millar), the master of the why-dunit. The plot unzips pretty quickly with Paul Newman the detective running into several women and the men they have to put up with. It's all about how many of these women he'll be able to protect. It's fun to watch Newman keep his cool in one crazy fix after another. The film holds up pretty well because the story is character-driven and every other scene is shot in a colorful location. Good alternative to watching a re-run of your favorite crime drama.

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