MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,910 this week

Peeper (1976)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Mystery  |  January 1976 (USA)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 373 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 9 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Related News

Top '60s Star Has Her Day on TCM
| Alt Film Guide
Splendor in the Link
| FilmExperience

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 23 Oct 2011
 
a list of 3844 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 15 titles
created 07 Jun 2013
 
a list of 523 titles
created 20 Oct 2013
 
list image
a list of 22 titles
created 25 Jun 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Peeper" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Peeper (1976)

Peeper (1976) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Peeper.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Penelope (1966)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Comedy about a flighty, bored, kleptomaniac wife of a banker who robs her husband's bank of $60,000.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Natalie Wood, Ian Bannen, Dick Shawn
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Margaret is a nurse in England during WW2, and married to a secret agent. Things get complicated when she falls for David, an American pilot.

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Plummer
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Mari and Jeff Thompson start to doubt their own marriage when every couple they know separate.

Director: Gilbert Cates
Stars: George Segal, Natalie Wood, Richard Benjamin
Narrow Margin (1990)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A woman secretly witnesses the murder of her blind date for the evening by a top Mafia boss. She immediately goes into hiding without informing the authorities. When they finally catch up ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Gene Hackman, Anne Archer, James Sikking
Stay Tuned (1992)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A husband and wife are sucked into a hellish TV and have to survive a gauntlet of twisted versions of TV shows they find themselves in.

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: John Ritter, Pam Dawber, Jeffrey Jones
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Black anti-apartheid activist and British engineer are forced to run from South African secret police.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Michael Caine, Nicol Williamson
The Affair (TV Movie 1973)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A crippled lady songwriter meets an older lawyer, who becomes her first love.

Director: Gilbert Cates
Stars: Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Bruce Davison
Silver Bears (1977)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Financial wizard "Doc" Fletcher (Michael Caine) is sent by crime boss Joe Fiore (Martin Balsam) to buy a bank in Switzerland in order to more easily launder their profits. When he arrives, ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Passer
Stars: Michael Caine, Cybill Shepherd, Louis Jourdan
Deadfall (1968)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Cat burglar Henry Clarke and his accomplices the Moreaus attempt to steal diamonds from the château of millionaire Salinas. However, Henry's partners in crime aren't the most emotionally stable people.

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: Michael Caine, Giovanna Ralli, Eric Portman
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two street-wise Chicago cops have to shake off some rust after returning from a Key West vacation to pursue a drug dealer that nearly killed them in the past.

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal, Steven Bauer
Capricorn One (1977)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A NASA Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret...

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro
Goodnight, My Love (TV Movie 1972)
Crime | Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A down-on-his-luck private eye and his partner, a dwarf, are drawn into a tangle of missing persons and murder in 1940s Los Angeles.

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Richard Boone, Michael Dunn, Barbara Bain
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Leslie C. Tucker
...
Ellen Prendergast
...
Mianne Prendergast
...
Anglich
...
Frank Prendergast
...
Sid (as Timothy Agoglia Carey)
Liam Dunn ...
Billy Pate
...
Rosie
Margo Winkler ...
Woman with luggage
...
Mailman
...
Mrs. Prendergast
Buffy Dee ...
Bazooka Himself
Gary Combs ...
Torpedo
...
Butler
Snag Werris ...
Comic
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

January 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fat Chance  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Guy Marks:  Uncredited, as a man in an alley doing a Humphrey Bogart imitation at the start of the movie, speaking the film's opening credits. See more »

Goofs

The cruise liner at the end of the film looks far too modern for 1947. It is the MS Starward, built in 1968, and still in service today as the MV Orient Queen. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Soundtracks

Give Me the Simple Life
(uncredited)
Music by Rube Bloom
Played on the piano at the Penguin Lounge
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Mildly enjoyable.
9 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Peeper" is a lightly amusing, rapid fire spoof of vintage film noir. Its greatest assets include a witty script by W.D. Richter (based on a novel by Keith Laumer) and the top notch cast which delivers their scores of dialogue in a truly breathless manner. Ultimately it's a little too silly for its own good, and does lose its momentum a few times, but it's still entertaining and good for some real laughs. It sure gets off to a great start with the opening credits, which aren't listed but *spoken*, by Bogart impersonator Guy Marks. Peter Hyams directs with a fair amount of energy, and the movie does have a decent feel for the 1940s period, complemented by Earl Raths' cinematography and Richard Clements' music. It also helps to have the very English Michael Caine in the lead role, and to see him in this sort of setting.

Caine plays Leslie Tucker, a hard luck private eye hired by blustery stranger Anglich (a memorable Michael Constantine) to hire his long lost daughter Anya, who may have grown up to be one of the two daughters in a rich but eccentric family. Those lovely ladies are Ellen (Natalie Wood) and Mianne (Kitty Winn), and Tucker does find himself quite taken with Ellen. Meanwhile, he's constantly being chased and threatened by two goons who are dubbed "torpedoes": Sid, played by the great screen psycho Timothy Carey, and Rosie, played by Don Calfa, who became a fixture in several Hyams movies.

"Peeper" is fun, at least to a degree. The pacing is very, very good, but viewers might have a hard time keeping track of the plot with so much information divulged in such a snappy way. Caine is wonderful, with strong support from Wood, Winn, Constantine, Thayer David as pompous Frank Prendergast, lively Liam Dunn as weaselly lawyer Billy Pate, Dorothy Adams as the Prendergast matriarch, and Robert Ito as a gruff butler.

No, "Peeper" is no "Chinatown", not by a long shot, but fans of the genre and the actors may have a pretty good time with it.

Six out of 10.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is there really no hope... ms_owl
Discuss Peeper (1976) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?