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Former football player and present private detective Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as an aging Hollywood actress whose only major roles came ... See full summary »

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Ellen Moseby
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Joey Ziegler
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Marty Heller
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Nick
Janet Ward ...
Arlene Iverson
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Quentin
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Marv Ellman
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Tom Iverson
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Charles
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Stud (as Maxwell Gail Jr.)
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Former football player and present private detective Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as an aging Hollywood actress whose only major roles came thanks to being married to a studio mogul wants Moseby to find and return her stepdaughter. Harry travels to Florida to find her, but he begins to see a connection with the runaway girl, the world of Hollywood stuntmen, and a suspicious mechanic when an unsolved murder comes to light. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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What private eye Harry Moseby doesn't know about the girl he's looking for... just might get him killed. See more »


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12 September 1975 (Finland)  »

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Trivia

The chess game on which the title of the film was based was a real game. The game was K. Emmrich (White) vs Bruno Moritz (Black), played in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany in 1922. In the film, we see the position after White's 26th move. As Moseby showed Paula, Black could have finished the game with a queen sacrifice followed by three knight checks, but he played something else and lost. See more »

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Paula: Oh, that's a beauty.
Harry Moseby: Yeah, but he didn't see it. He played something else and he lost. He must have regretted it every day of his life. I know I would have. As a matter of fact I do regret it, and I wasn't even born yet.
Paula: That's no excuse.
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Gene Hackman is the man
6 June 2001 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

I'm not the biggest Gene Hackman fan out there, but I found this movie on Encore one night and I have to say it's probably the best film I've ever seen. I never really thought Hackman could really act before I saw this, but, man, does he take command of this picture. His best scene, I think, is the one where he and his wife are yelling at each other after he found out about her infidelity. The part where he yells "I don't want Nick's f-king job! And I don't want your job!" is really awesome. But all throughout the movie, it's nothing but a tour de force from Hackman. Not to take anything away from James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Hackman's wife in the film, or the Joey Ziegler guy, all of whom also act very well. But Hackman definitely carries the film. I also love the cool theme music (that synthesizer stuff) -- it fits the film perfectly. I also love how it took me about four viewings of this film to really figure it out. That's a hell of a lot better than stuff like "Armageddon" where there's nothing to think about at all. Today's movies really are terrible -- that's why I stick to older movies like those on Encore and AMC and sometimes Bravo (though they have commercials). All in all, "Night Moves" is one I highly recommend -- but just don't watch it if you're the kind of person who likes action and things exploding for two hours, it'll definitely turn you off. :0)


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