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Twilight (1998)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  6 March 1998 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Storyline

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)

Gross:

$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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A refreshing change of pace
12 April 1999 | by (Beaverton, Oregon) – See all my reviews

In a world where sex, violence, and sleaze in movies seems to dominate, it is refreshing to find a film that is the caliber of movies made from a much earlier decade, when cinema was intended to be a work of art. You could not ask for a better cast than in this movie. All are very well-respected for their acting abilities and their professional demeanor. The score is excellent; the story line captivating. Paul Newman is indeed more than believable in his role as a sexy, no-nonsense gumshoe. Susan Sarandon is sultry in the style of Susan Hayward and Lauren Bacall. Gene Hackman is, well, Gene Hackman. I only wish there were more movies coming out of Hollywood of this nature.


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