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Los Angeles private investigator Harry Moseby is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter. Moseby tracks the daughter down, only to stumble upon something much more intriguing and sinister .

Director:

Arthur Penn

Writer:

Alan Sharp
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Harry Moseby
Jennifer Warren ... Paula
Edward Binns ... Joey Ziegler
Harris Yulin ... Marty Heller
Kenneth Mars ... Nick
Janet Ward Janet Ward ... Arlene Iverson
James Woods ... Quentin
Anthony Costello Anthony Costello ... Marv Ellman
John Crawford ... Tom Iverson
Melanie Griffith ... Delilah 'Delly' Grastner
Ben Archibek Ben Archibek ... Charles
Dennis Dugan ... Boy in Bar
C.J. Hincks C.J. Hincks ... Girl in Bar
Max Gail ... Stud (as Maxwell Gail Jr.)
Susan Barrister Susan Barrister ... Ticket Clerk
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Storyline

Private detective and former football player Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as a former Hollywood actress whose only major roles came thanks to being married to a studio mogul wants Moseby to find and return her daughter. Harry travels to Florida to find her, but he begins to see a connection between the runaway girl, the world of Hollywood stuntmen, and a suspicious mechanic when an unsolved murder comes to light. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Maybe he would find the girl... maybe he would find himself. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

30 August 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dark Tower See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The house belonging to James Woods' character Quentin was owned by Phil Kaufman, road manager for Gram Parsons at the time of his death. Kaufman's subsequent actions became the basis for the film Grand Theft Parsons (2003). The cast and crew of Night Moves were shooting at the house on the day the police came to question Kaufman, and as they were taking him away, Arthur Penn turned to Gene Hackman and said, "Man, we're shooting the wrong movie". See more »

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When the crashed plane is found by Melanie Griffith's character, the dead pilot's face is being picked at by fish. The plane is supposed to have crashed in the ocean off the coast of Florida, but the fish are carp, which are strictly freshwater fish. See more »

Quotes

Paula: Oh, that's a beauty.
Harry Moseby: Yeah, but he didn't see it. He played something else and he lost. He must have regretted it every day of his life. I know I would have. As a matter of fact I do regret it, and I wasn't even born yet.
Paula: That's no excuse.
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Referenced in American Cinema: Film Noir (1995) See more »

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A strange, strange film
29 March 2014 | by sunzncSee all my reviews

Night Moves is not a bad film. It's actually quite good. It is also off-beat and a just a little bit odd but not quirky.

It is not hard to figure out why a young girl has run away from home when we see her mother, a washed up, alcoholic living in the Hollywood Hills. What is odd is trying to figure out the relationship between her, her stepfather and his girlfriend in the Florida Keys where she has gone to live. It is hinted that the stepfather is not just a stepfather.

Even stranger is Jennifer Warren's odd, abrupt, salty behavior in the film and the the strange dialog written for her. At one point, Gene Hackman even tells her he is tired of her "ping-pong talk". Was that written for the benefit of the audience or did he improvise? I felt puzzled by much of her performance.

It is also painful, really painful to watch Gene Hackman's wife struggle with their relationship and her learning new things about her husband.

Yes, a strange, strange little film. The acting is almost too revealing. I can't quite wrap my brain around the whole thing. I think it will be appreciated by fans of films from the 70's.


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