A retired detective accepts a simple task, unaware that it will tear open old, forgotten, but deadly wounds.

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A retired ex-cop and private detective (Newman) who lives with a rich actor (Hackman) who is dying from cancer and his actress wife (Sarandon) gets mixed up in murder when he is asked to deliver blackmail money. He walks into a 20 year old case involving the mysterious disappearance of the actress's former husband. James Garner appears as another ex-cop who also does occasional errands for the couple. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Some people can buy their way out of anything. Except the past.


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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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6 March 1998 (USA)  »

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Magic Hour  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,866,411 (USA) (6 March 1998)

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$15,030,732 (USA) (1 May 1998)
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Second of three collaborations of actor Paul Newman and novelist-scriptwriter Richard Russo. The film's include _Twilight_, _Nobody's Fool_ and Empire Falls (2005) with the latter being made for television. See more »

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When Jack plays solitaire near the end of the film, the number of cards dealt face up decreases each time the camera returns to him in three quick cuts and the cards have disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Harry: You ever hear of a guy by the name of Lester Ivar?
Catherine: No.
Harry: Somebody killed him today.
Catherine: I'm sorry. Was he a friend of yours?
Harry: Not really... Never heard of him, huh?
Catherine: No.
[a long beat]
Harry: You're lying.
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Referenced in The Club: Rotgut (2012) See more »

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The Very Thought of You
Written by Ray Noble
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1 May 1999 | by (Belo Horizonte, Brasil) – See all my reviews

Have you ever imagined what would happen to Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe lived to be seventy? A genuine hard-boiled detective film forty years later. The myth behind Newman's accident is hilarious. A must see!


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