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Twilight (1998)

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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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$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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Paul Newman's Harry Ross character has a few similarities with Lew Harper, the private eye played by Newman in Harper (1966) and The Drowning Pool (1975). It is quite possible that Twilight (1998) was meant to be an unofficial end to the Harper saga making the three films an unofficial trilogy. Newman has said he liked returning to his old characters as he did it with Eddie Felson in The Color of Money (1986) twenty-five years after The Hustler (1961) with great success winning a Best Actor Oscar for the reprized role. Newman's Lew Harper character was the movie version of Lew Archer, the protagonist in Ross Macdonald's famous private eye novels. In Twilight (1998), Newman plays Harry Ross, which is probably a nod to MacDonald. Gene Hackman played a detective named Harry Moseby in Night Moves (1975), also based on a private detective created by MacDonald. 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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Features I Never Sang for My Father (1970) See more »

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Solamente una vez
Written by Agustín Lara
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Thoroughly enjoyable
25 December 1998 | by (Atherton,CA) – See all my reviews

Didn't expect much because of the cool reception by critics(esp.Ebert),but was very pleasantly surprised. The acting, writing, and photography are first rate.Was glad to see Richard Russo's film writing come off so well. This is worth renting!


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