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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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Broussard (as Tony Franciosa)
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Mavis
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Schuyler
Linda Haynes ...
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
Richard Derr ...
James
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Elaine Reavis
Leigh French ...
Red Head
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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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Lew Harper (Paul Newman)'s fee was $150 per day plus expenses which had increased by $50 from his fee in the first film Harper (1966). See more »

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When Harper comes up the last time, from trying to turn the water off in the hydrotherapy room, his head bumps one of the ceiling panels and it clearly moves, meaning their attempts at breaking the panel were bogus. See more »

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Mavis: It's not nice to look up lady's dresses.
Lew Harper: Everyone's got to look somewhere.
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Underrated followup to Harper in a different key
18 November 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Where Harper was jazzy, amped up for its day and often dark humored in its intrigue and violence, this sequel has more of a laid-back and ultimately melancholy tone. The humor is still there, but the dysfunctional family theme that produced edgy laughs in the earlier film cuts deeper here.

Newman looks great and is as effortlessly effective as ever as he prowls Cajun Country, at the behest of onetime flame Joanne Woodward, in search of a blackmail source that quickly turns into much more. Filmed all over South Louisiana, including a mansion shot here in Baton Rouge, it gets the local flavor down pretty well.

Dismissed as draggy even in its day, and certainly so in the age raised on the newspaper ad quote "A Thrill Ride!!!", it's a thoughtful, well acted addition to the private eye genre, with Melanie Griffith coming out the gate full force as a troublesome nymphet (an interesting predatory flip-side to the victimized variation seen later the same year in the superb Night Moves.)

Hopefully a widescreen DVD will one day soon afford its excellent Panavision photography to be seen for the first time in 25 years.


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