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Night Moves (1975)

Los Angeles private detective Harry Moseby is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter and he stumbles upon a case of murder and artifact smuggling.

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Joey Ziegler
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Stud (as Maxwell Gail Jr.)
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Private detective and former football player Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as a former Hollywood actress whose only major roles came thanks to being married to a studio mogul wants Moseby to find and return her daughter. Harry travels to Florida to find her, but he begins to see a connection between 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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Maybe he would find the girl... maybe he would find himself. See more »


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This movie was the second film in consecutive years where actor Gene Hackman played a character named Harry. In this 1975 film, Hackman plays private eye Harry Moseby, after having played Harry Caul in the previous year's The Conversation (1974). Night Moves (1975) is actually the second of four movies where Hackman played a Harry. The third was as Harry MacKenzie in Twice in a Lifetime (1985), while the fourth and final time [as of April 2014] was as Harry Zimm in Get Shorty (1995). See more »

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When the crashed plane is found by Melanie Griffith's character, the dead pilot's face is being picked at by fish. The plane is supposed to have crashed in the ocean off the coast of Florida, but the fish are carp, which are strictly freshwater fish. See more »

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Joey Ziegler: He'd fuck a woodpile on the chance there was a snake in it.
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Referenced in Knight Moves (1992) See more »

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Excellent Film Noir, Superbly acted and well directed
10 September 1998 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

Night Moves is an underrated Film Noir. Directed by Arthur Penn (Bonnie & Clyde) it is an absolutely outstanding genre piece. Gene Hackman plays an L.A. gumshoe who is hired by a well to do ex-actress to find and bring home her runaway daughter (Melanie Griffith in her first role!). What seems to be routine detective work soon turns out to be a complicated case which finally ends in murder and mayhem. There are some remarkable stunt and underwater sequences, well photographed by Bruce Surtees (Director of Photography of many Clint Eastwood action movies). Not only Melanie Griffith but also another of today's stars, James Woods, gave his screen debut in this film. See it, it is worth the while!


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