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)

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

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$15,030,732 (USA) (1 May 1998)
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman and Reese Witherspoon; two Oscar nominees: James Garner and Stockard Channing. See more »

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At the end of the film when the interrogation of Ross ends, the police detective switches off the tape recorder, and then states the date and time. Why would he switch off the recorder before stating the date and time? See more »

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[Harry turns away when he sees Catherine swimming nude.]
Catherine Ames: Honestly, Harry. Did you see me in "The Last Rebel"?
Harry Ames: Yeah.
Catherine Ames: And you saw me in "The End of Desire"?
Harry Ames: Yeah.
Catherine Ames: Then I think you've seen everything there is of me to see.
Harry Ames: I also remember a movie your husband made. He shot 12 guys with a 6-shot revolver. I ain't gonna argue with that kind of marksmanship.
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Forgettable plot
24 September 2003 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

The script is weak but the acting is another story. What a cast, even if Newman is getting a little long in the tooth to be playing a P.I. Hackman, Garner and Sarandan are all very watchable as a trio of conniving types hiding a deep, dark, 20-year-old secret. You can pretty much guess what it is early on, but the reason for seeing this thriller is not for the plot but to watch four veterans in action.


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