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The Drowning Pool (1975)

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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Broussard (as Tony Franciosa)
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Mavis Kilbourne
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Schuyler Devreaux
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Gretchen
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Franks
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Candy
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Glo
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Pat Reavis (as Andy Robinson)
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Olivia Devereaux
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James Devereaux
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Elaine Reavis
Leigh French ...
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Storyline

Harper is brought to Louisiana bayou country to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him. What is more, he finds himself caught in a power struggle between the matriarch of the family and a greedy oil baron, who wants her property. Poor Harper! Things are not as straight-forward as they initially appeared. Written by Alfred Jingle

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La piscina mortal  »

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Trivia

The eighth cinema movie collaboration of husband-and-wife actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bartender: How you like the Coon-Ass Beer, man?
Lew Harper: [belching] It works.
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Connections

Referenced in A Natural Born World-Shaker: Making 'Cool Hand Luke' (2008) See more »

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Sweet Dreams
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Performed by Tommy McLain and his Mule Train Band
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Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and a nubile Melanie Griffith
21 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ross MacDonald's novels generally translate well to movie. This one certainly does, although I've never seen a Ross MacDonald movie that successfully captures the atmosphere that MacDonald creates in his novels. Paul Newman is the detective Lew Archer (I seem to remember that his name was changed to Harper for the movie to keep a string of "H" movies going: Hud, Hombre, and Harper). The movie moves along with a complex plot that is not difficult to track and understand. Melanie Griffith is perfection in the role of the 14-year old seductress. >


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