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Night Moves -- Academy Award-winner Gene Hackman ("Unforgiven," "The Firm"), a former pro-football star turned private eye, is caught up in a dark web of crime.
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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Release Date:
12 September 1975 (Finland) See more »
What private eye Harry Moseby doesn't know about the girl he's looking for... just might get him killed. See more »
Private detective and former football player Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case... See more » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Hackman ... Harry Moseby

Jennifer Warren ... Paula

Edward Binns ... Joey Ziegler

Harris Yulin ... Marty Heller

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

James Woods ... Quentin
Anthony Costello ... Marv Ellman
John Crawford ... Tom Iverson

Melanie Griffith ... Delilah 'Delly' Grastner
Ben Archibek ... Charles

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

Max Gail ... Stud (as Maxwell Gail Jr.)
Susan Barrister ... Ticket Clerk
Larry Mitchell ... Ticket Clerk

Susan Clark ... Ellen Moseby
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 ... Suspect as a Youth (uncredited)

Sandra Seacat ... Voice (uncredited)
Bob Templeton ... Crewman (uncredited)
Jacque E. Wallace ... Bit Part (uncredited)

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 (director of photography) (as Pierre William Glenn)
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-recording mixer (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
Dean Engelhardt .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Grossman .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Hackman .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Rick Lockwood .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... 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
Crew verified as complete

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100 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Filmed in 1973 - two years before its actual release - which explains how Faye Dunaway could have turned down the female lead to star in Chinatown (1974), which also shot at around the same time.See more »
Continuity: Harry rents a car when he is in Florida. When the car is filmed either from the front or the back, the car has a rear view mirror. When the car is filmed from the side, the rear view mirror is missing.See more »
Paula:When we're all as free as Delly there'll be rioting in the streets.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Knight Moves (1992)See more »


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26 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Hackman's greatest role, 16 August 2004
Author: d_stores ( from Al Alamain, Egypt

This is the perfect role for Hackman as the aging sports star unable to find his role in life once the playing days are over. He is the accidental jock, too sensitive to play the stereotype and so finding no sense of belonging. He has become a detective but he is a bumbling amateur compared to a Philip Marlowe type. He is shy and hestitant and is frequently made to feel discomfort by the seedy, untrustworthy people he comes into contact with. He has none of Marlowe's self assurance. It begs the question why has he become a detective? Maybe it is partly due to his abandonment by his father who years later Hackman tracks down only to fail in confronting him. He is condemned to search for people to whom he is of no importance.

This idea of the lonely seeker is Hackman's own turf. His affable charm conveys a sense of a lifetime's wrongheaded idealism. In the wrong job, deluding himself, looking for a way out. Eventually, he is able to see clearly and see how his drifting has allowed the people around him to manipulate him in their games. Unlike many of this film's peers such as 'Chinatown', 'Taxi Driver', 'The Long Goodbye', we are not left to be slightly repulsed by the lead actor's ways. Hackman plays the everyman character as an affable, amateur sleuth whose hestitancy and chronic lack of commitment give him a fallibility more recognizable to an audience.

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