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The Drowning Pool (1975)

A big-city private detective travels to the Deep South to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lew Harper
... Iris Devereaux
... Broussard (as Tony Franciosa)
... J.J. Kilbourne
... Mavis Kilbourne
... Schuyler Devreaux
... Gretchen
... Franks
... Candy
... Glo
... Pat Reavis (as Andy Robinson)
... Olivia Devereaux
... James Devereaux
... Elaine Reavis
Leigh French ... Red Head
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Harper is brought to Louisiana bayou country to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him. What is more, he finds himself caught in a power struggle between the matriarch of the family and a greedy oil baron, who wants her property. Poor Harper! Things are not as straight-forward as they initially appeared. Written by Alfred Jingle

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La piscina mortal  »

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Trivia

On the set, Joanne Woodward told the then seventeen-year-old Melanie Griffith, who was playing her daughter, that she had three goals in life: Marry a movie star (Paul Newman), have beautiful babies (she had three), and win an Oscar (which she did in 1958). Melanie said that she adopted those goals for herself by marrying a movie star (Antonio Banderas), having beautiful babies (she also has three), but expressed frustration that she hasn't won an Oscar, even though she was nominated in 1989 for the Best Actress Academy Award for Working Girl (1988). See more »

Goofs

In the scene in the hydrotherapy room, there is a recessed panel in the wall with two access doors, on the side of the room closest to where Mavis (Gail Strickland) is lying. At the beginning of the scene, both doors to the recessed area are open, but for the rest of the scene, the right-hand door is closed, even though neither Mavis nor Harper (Paul Newman) are close enough to it to have closed it. See more »

Quotes

Bartender: How you like the Coon-Ass Beer, man?
Lew Harper: [belching] It works.
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Follows Harper (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Killing Me Softly With His Song
By Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox
Scored and conducted by Charles Fox
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Rising to the surface
25 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

Like a lot of the films that I enjoy, The Drowning Pool can be watched on two levels. It's a Bogart'ish, Nior'ish mystery thriller with only a few lines that come off as maybe trying to be too clever. But that is well balanced out by some class acting and story development along with some unusual sleuthing techniques that we see from the Newman character. The characters and morals, the nastiness and the kindness have an authentic stamp of reality about them that compares well with the sentimental sugariness and lack of reality of so many "violent" modern action/thriller films. That in itself is a reason for watching the film; just for the stark contrast with so many creative works today that claim to show "realism".

On another level there is much social commentary going on here. The stifling psychological atmosphere lives up well to the title of this piece as we watch people tear themselves and their relationships apart; driven on, of course, by those who have a vested interest in seeing them fail.

There is a key scene towards the end of the film that pulls together all the strings at work on this second level.

Well worth it if you're prepared to pay attention.


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