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Love at Large (1990)

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Vampish miss Dolan hires hardboiled P.I. Harry Dobbs to tail her shady boyfriend. Harry realizes that the man leads a double life but then his client disappears. Harry teams up with his own tail, P.I. Stella Wynkowski, to clear things up.

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Stella Wynkowski
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Miss Dolan
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Mrs. Ellen McGraw
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Mrs. King
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Frederick King / James McGraw
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Doris
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Art the Farmhand
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Corrine Dart
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Marty
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Rick
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Bellhop
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Taxi Driver
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Tavern Bartender
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Hiram Culver, Used-Car Salesman
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A down and out private detective (Berenger) is asked by a beautiful woman (Archer) to follow her lover (Young) because she thinks he may be planning to kill her. Due to her poor description she's in danger. He ends up following the wrong man, but discovers the wrong man has some sleazy secrets himself. Meanwhile another detective (Perkins) has been hired to follow Berenger, and they eventually decide to work together to find out what is really going on. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Love is the only lead worth following.


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9 March 1990 (USA)  »

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Ahava B'Ma'akav  »

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$1,436,308 (USA)
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Harry's car is a 1974 AMC Ambassador. Stella's car is a 1964 1/2 Plymouth Barracuda (which has the largest backlight fitted to an American-made car at that time). See more »

Quotes

Harry Dobbs: Ever want kids, Stella?
Stella Wynkowski: Kids, uh?
Harry Dobbs: Yeah, little people that run around with your face.
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You Don't Know What Love Is
Written by Gene de Paul and Don Raye
Performed by Anne Archer
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Not well-known (or liked) but I loved it!
7 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was one of the (very) few people who saw this in a movie theatre back in 1990. It was a small audience but everybody enjoyed it and I thought this would be a big hit. For some reason though this faded quickly.

Detective Harry Dobbs (Tom Berenger) takes on a case for Miss Dolan (Anne Archer) to track her boyfriend. What Dobbs doesn't know is that he himself is being tracked by female detective Stella Wyntowski (Elizabeth Perkins). They end up meeting and set out to solve a mystery.

Sounds strange...and it is but it's lots of fun too. The movie is always switching tone from romance to comedy to drama yet it always manages to stay coherent and entertaining. There's director Rudolph's excellent use of color and music and a script which goes whipping every which way.

The cast is up to it. Berenger (purposefully?) adopts a gravelly voice and dresses like he just stepped out of a film noir. He perfectly plays the drama and comedy nicely. Perkins has a very difficult role but she grabs it and runs with it. Only Archer is a disappointment--REALLY overplaying her part. Kate Capshaw and Annette O'Toole shine in minor roles.

This is not a easy movie to categorize or explain--you've just got to watch it. It's sort of like a film noir with comedy, style and color...but it's also a romance with a mystery thrown in...OR a comedy with some dramatic moments. It goes all over the map. Beautifully done and well worth seeing.


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