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Night Moves -- Former footballer and present private detective Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case...

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Writer:
Alan Sharp (written by)
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Release Date:
12 September 1975 (Finland) See more »
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Tagline:
What private eye Harry Moseby doesn't know about the girl he's looking for... just might get him killed. See more »
Plot:
Former football player and present private detective Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win See more »
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Fascinating Film-Noire Despite Its Age See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Hackman ... Harry Moseby

Jennifer Warren ... Paula

Susan Clark ... Ellen Moseby

Edward Binns ... Joey Ziegler

Harris Yulin ... Marty Heller

Kenneth Mars ... Nick
Janet Ward ... Arlene Iverson

James Woods ... Quentin

Melanie Griffith ... Delly Grastner
Anthony Costello ... Marv Ellman
John Crawford ... Tom Iverson
Ben Archibek ... Charles

Dennis Dugan ... Boy
C.J. Hincks ... Girl

Max Gail ... Stud (as Maxwell Gail Jr.)
Susan Barrister ... Ticket Clerk
Larry Mitchell ... Ticket Clerk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Altman ... Crewman (uncredited)

Neil Brooks Cunningham ... Voice (uncredited)
Michael Ebert ... Voice (uncredited)
Louie Elias ... Cop (uncredited)

René Enríquez ... Voice (uncredited)
Avril Gentles ... Voice (uncredited)

Tim Haldeman ... Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... Cop (uncredited)

John Moio ... Cop (uncredited)
Victor Paul ... Cop (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ... One of the suspects as a youth (uncredited)

Sandra Seacat ... Voice (uncredited)
Bob Templeton ... Crewman (uncredited)
Jacque E. Wallace ... Bit Part (uncredited)
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Directed by
Arthur Penn 
 
Writing credits
Alan Sharp (written by)

Produced by
Gene Lasko .... associate producer
Robert M. Sherman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Small 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees 
 
Film Editing by
Dede Allen 
Stephen A. Rotter (co-editor)
 
Casting by
Nessa Hyams 
 
Production Design by
George Jenkins 
 
Set Decoration by
Ned Parsons 
 
Makeup Department
Irene Aparicio .... hair stylist
Bruce Jossen .... hair stylist
Bob Stein .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Thomas J. Schmidt .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pat Kehoe .... second assistant director (as Patrick H. Kehoe)
Jack Roe .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Barry Bedig .... property master
David M. Haber .... assistant art director (as David Haber)
 
Sound Department
Richard P. Cirincione .... sound editor (as Richard Cirincione)
Craig McKay .... sound editor
Robert M. Reitano .... sound editor (as Robert Reitano)
Jack Solomon .... sound mixer
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recordist (as Richard Vorisek)
Maurice Schell .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Joe Day .... special effects
Marcel Vercoutere .... special effects
 
Stunts
Dean Engelhardt .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Grossman .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Hackman .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Rick Lockwood .... stunts (uncredited)
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Parkison Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Betty Raymond .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Waugh .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Holmes .... gaffer (as Chuck Holmes)
Jordan Klein Sr. .... underwater camera operator (as Jordan Klein)
James Pergola .... camera operator (as Jim Pergola)
Billy Simpson .... key grip (as Bill Simpson)
Roland 'Ozzie' Smith .... camera operator (as Ozzie Smith)
Robert C. Thomas .... camera operator
William D. Barber .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael McGowan .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arnie Lipin .... costumer
Rita Riggs .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Angelo Corrao .... assistant editor
Ronald Roose .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Michael Small .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Joe Sawyers .... transportation
 
Other crew
Bonnie Bruckheimer .... assistant to producer
Dean Engelhardt .... aerial coordinator
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Gordon K. Kee .... location auditor (as Gordon Kee)
Ronnie Kramer .... production secretary
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
 
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Runtime:
100 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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This movie was the second film in consecutive years where actor Gene Hackman played a character first-named "Harry". In this 1975 film Hackman plays private eye Harry Moseby and had played Harry Caul in the previous 1974 year's The Conversation (1974). Night Moves (1975) is actually the second of four cinema movies where Hackman played a "Harry". The third was as Harry MacKenzie in 1985's Twice in a Lifetime (1985) whilst the fourth and final time [to date April 2014] was as Harry Zimm in 1995's Get Shorty (1995).See more »
Quotes:
Paula:Where were you when Kennedy got shot?
Harry Moseby:Which Kennedy?
Paula:Any Kennedy.
Harry Moseby:When the president got shot, I was on my way to San Diego. Football game. When Bobby got shot, I was sitting in a car waiting for a guy to come out of a house with his girlfriend. Working on a divorce case. One of those times I wish I was in another business.
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15 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating Film-Noire Despite Its Age, 27 June 2005
Author: jcanettis from Athens, Greece

Although filmed more than 30 years ago, "Night Moves" is still a fascinating film-noire. The plot starts in a rather straightforward way: We have a former footballer, Harry Moseby (Hackman), who now makes his living as a private detective, and gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case. His employer is Arlene Iverson (Ward), a rather unknown aging actress, who wants him to find his missing stepdaughter (Griffith). As Moseby starts his investigation however, he realizes that nothing is as straightforward as it seemed; if you add the complication that his marriage has got into serious trouble, then you can realize that he is probably in a situation which he can barely handle...

Although the plot is quite fascinating in itself, providing us with several twists until the very end, the secret of the film's attractiveness lies in psychology: Director Arthur Penn does a magnificent job in showing us how a beaming, full of dynamism and self-confidence Moseby, is getting entangled in a situation which progressively drives him to successive bottoms. He cannot see clues which are in front of his eyes, and in the end the truth is revealed to him only by mere luck; even when he finds out about his wife's cheating in the early part of the film, it is simply because he just happened to be there. Moseby is not the talented detective of the Hercule Poirot's class: He is simply an average, well-intentioned guy who just happens to be a detective, and who has got into something that is well-above his skills.

Hackman is superb in his role, as one would of course expect from this very talented actor: He is ideally suited to portray the complex character of Harry Moseby. The film offers other good performances as well, including the young James Woods and Melanie Griffith who are in the beginning of their careers.

"Night Moves" is also full of subtle symbolism, with Penn providing us with plenty of arty material. Sometimes, this gets a bit too far, making the film a bit slow. Still, the overall result is satisfying.

Of course, the fact that the film was filmed in 1974 is something we cannot completely overlook: "Night Moves" has its age, whether we like it or not. That is one of the main reasons that I give it a 7/10, when it could get even higher.

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