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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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Director:
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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(124 articles)
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Neo-noir, with Hackman pouring it on in the best ways... See more (51 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)

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)
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
 
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100 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Arlene Iverson:Are you the kind of detective who, once you get on a case nothing can get you off it? Bribes, beatings, the allure of a woman...
Harry Moseby:That was true in the old days. Before we had a union.
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Neo-noir, with Hackman pouring it on in the best ways..., 23 September 2014
Author: secondtake from United States

Night Moves (1975)

An odd convolution of 1940s film noir and 1970s New Hollywood. The hero is a kind of watered down Bogart—not as romanticized, and with less exaggerated one-liners (which film noir lovers will miss but which those who like realism will appreciate). Gene Hackman is terrific, and he plays Harry Moseby, a down and out ex-football player with a drained candor that makes him pathetic as much as likable. He ends up mixed up in a Dashiell Hammett kind of plot, for sure, looking for the daughter of a rich woman and then getting way over his head.

The artifacts of New Hollywood liberation are plain to see: nudity (female only) and a kind of sexed up background even when the plot is going somewhere else. This was for the sake of an audience still astonished that the movies could do such things (they couldn't before 1967) and it's still kind of raw and edgy in a lasting way. It also feels dated, too, making you wonder if it was really so sexually liberated back then.

The trail for this daughter takes us to the Florida Keys and out into the ocean. There are mysterious motives everywhere, and it's only Moseby we trust. Completely. And we even feel him starting to get a grounding for his drifting self amidst these miscellaneous people. And we see a kind of generosity that is based on this selfish need to do something right, and all its conflicting meanings. So eventually the movie is less about who killed who for this or that reason, and more about this man and his quest for clarity.

But clarity has a cost, and the movie will take several surprising turns. Not all of the plot is supported very well. We are led along at times, and frankly told things that might have been better revealed through the plot. It's not a perfectly nuanced drama in this way. These are nitpicks, for sure, because the larger feeling takes over and is commanding. And that's the lasting reputation of the film, that it pulls off this kind of modernized noir world with originality.

The director is Arthur Penn, who's great "Bonnie and Clyde" kicked off the shift into New Hollywood sensibility. (Beatty is always given too much credit for that film's audacity because he starred and funded it, but the film was Penn's at heart.) This might be called the last of Penn's great cycle from the period, and if not the equal to his 1967 breakthrough, it is in many ways more delicately felt and mature. And so in a way more watchable today a second or third time. Hackman is the one great actor here, however, and if there's a key problem with "Night Moves," it's that he almost but not quite supports the film alone. The three or four secondary characters are all of them thin, or contrived to be types, and so it falters.

See it anyway. It surprised me the way "Point Blank" from this era did. Excellent.

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