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The Drowning Pool (1975)

PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 18 July 1975 (USA)
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.

Director:

Stuart Rosenberg

Writers:

Tracy Keenan Wynn (screenplay), Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Lew Harper
Joanne Woodward ... Iris Devereaux
Anthony Franciosa ... Broussard (as Tony Franciosa)
Murray Hamilton ... J.J. Kilbourne
Gail Strickland ... Mavis Kilbourne
Melanie Griffith ... Schuyler Devreaux
Linda Haynes ... Gretchen
Richard Jaeckel ... Franks
Paul Koslo ... Candy
Joe Canutt ... Glo
Andrew Robinson ... Pat Reavis (as Andy Robinson)
Coral Browne ... Olivia Devereaux
Richard Derr ... James Devereaux
Helena Kallianiotes ... Elaine Reavis
Leigh French ... Red Head
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 July 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La piscina mortal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film's source Ross Macdonald 1950 novel of the same name was set in Southern California but the setting was moved to New Orleans for this filmed version. 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

Lew Harper: All that passion and light-fingered at the same time.
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Follows Harper (1966) See more »

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Killing Me Softly With His Song
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Scored and conducted by Charles Fox
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" That is one ride I don't ever want to try again "
21 June 2009 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

In 1966 Ross MacDonald's private investigator Lew Harper (Paul Newman) was hired by a wealthy matron to find a missing husband. It is nearly ten years later and we find the Los Angelas detective traveling to Cajun country in the deep south. Upon arriving he is immediately welcomed by Lt. Franks of the local police (Richard Jaeckel, superb performance) by arresting him for child molestation, lewd exposure, sex with Schuyler Devereaux, (Melanie Griffith) an underage girl, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest. His influential employer, Iris Devereaux (Joanne Woodward) is an old flame from California, whom he had a love interest with six years ago. Now she wants him to discover who sent her a threatening Blackmailing letter. Her protector is the Chief of Police (Anthony Franciosa) who reminds Harper that he will be watching him for the slightest provocation against the family. There is no shortage of villains in this mystery story. Among them is Mr. Kilbourne (Murray Hamilton) a powerful millionaire intent on acquiring the oil rich land the Devereaux's own but won't sell. Pat Reavis (Andrew Robinson) the deject employee who seeks revenge for his dismissal and 'Candy' (Paul Koslo) who's as vicious as the dogs he trains for the arena. Harper plays it close to the vest as he quickly discovers his investigation begins to uncover more family secrets than a closet can hold. All of his efforts produce dead bodies, murder, mayhem, a lost account book and finally a drowning pool which threatens his very life. All in all, a superb movie for cast and characters and one which easily marks this film as a Classic. ****


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