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Peeper (1976)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Mystery  |  January 1976 (USA)
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Set in the 1940s, the story follows a private eye on a case to find a long lost daughter of an oddball client. Two goons are on a mission to stop him.

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Leslie C. Tucker
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Ellen Prendergast
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Mianne Prendergast
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Anglich
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Frank Prendergast
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Sid (as Timothy Agoglia Carey)
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Rosie
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Mailman
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Mrs. Prendergast
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Bazooka Himself
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Torpedo
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Set in the 1940s, the story follows a private eye on a case to find a long lost daughter of an oddball client. Two goons are on a mission to stop him.

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Back in '47, a gun was a roscoe, a private-eye was a Peeper, and murder was okay as long as nobody got hurt. In fact, anything was okay with this Peeper on the case because he wouldn't know who-done-it even if he done it himself.

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Comedy | Mystery

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Fat Chance  »

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Leslie C. Tucker (Michael Caine)'s credo, spoken by him as his agency's slogan when he answered the telephone, was: "Select your detective as you would your lawyer or physician". See more »

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The road stripes during the car chase are wrong for the period. The road has a double yellow centerline and yellow road reflectors. Yellow centerlines were not adopted in the USA until 1971. The bridge railings are also too modern for the period. See more »

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The opening credits are spoken by a Humphrey Bogart impersonator. See more »

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Give Me the Simple Life
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Music by Rube Bloom
Played on the piano at the Penguin Lounge
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Not very good, but a curio.
2 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't think Peeper is a very good film, but I agree that it shouldn't have completely fallen off the map the way it did. It was given a belated if limited DVD release last year.

Timing was not on this film's side. Chinatown paid tribute to film noir in classic fashion only a year before it was released; Play It Again, Sam had spoofed it successfully only a year before that. Those two films, not to mention the films of the film noir era, leave Peeper looking very slight indeed.

Still, Caine has fun as an almost bumbling detective, and Natalie brings smarts and unparalleled sex appeal to her role as a shady lady. The supporting cast is pretty nigh flawless as well, and production values couldn't be better. The script, unfortunately, doesn't add add up to much.

Director Hyams, in a special feature interview, recalls telling Natalie to turn around at the end of a long tracking shot at the end of a long day. She asked what would motivate her to do that and he answered that the camera couldn't follow her if she didn't. She paused and said, "okay, I can feel that". It's too bad that at no point in her last decade did Natalie get to make a movie where character motivation was prioritized, but it's unsurprising to hear that she was a good sport about it.


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