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Peeper (1975)

Set in the 1940s, the story follows a private eye on a case to find a long lost daughter of an oddball client. Two goons are on a mission to stop him.

Director:

Peter Hyams

Writers:

Keith Laumer (novel), W.D. Richter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Leslie C. Tucker
Natalie Wood ... Ellen Prendergast
Kitty Winn ... Mianne Prendergast
Michael Constantine ... Anglich
Thayer David ... Frank Prendergast
Timothy Carey ... Sid (as Timothy Agoglia Carey)
Liam Dunn ... Billy Pate
Don Calfa ... Rosie
Margo Winkler Margo Winkler ... Woman with luggage
Harvey J. Goldenberg ... Mailman
Dorothy Adams ... Mrs. Prendergast
Buffy Dee ... Bazooka Himself
Gary Combs ... Torpedo
Robert Ito ... Butler
Snag Werris Snag Werris ... Comic
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Storyline

Set in the 1940s, the story follows a private eye on a case to find a long lost daughter of an oddball client. Two goons are on a mission to stop him.

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Back in '47, a gun was a roscoe, a private-eye was a Peeper, and murder was okay as long as nobody got hurt. In fact, anything was okay with this Peeper on the case because he wouldn't know who-done-it even if he done it himself.

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fat Chance See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A decade before working together on this picture, Michael Caine and Natalie Wood dated in real life for approximately two months. See more »

Goofs

The cruise liner at the end of the film looks far too modern for 1947. It is the MS Starward, built in 1968, and still in service today as the MV Orient Queen. See more »

Quotes

Anglich: Listen to me, I put my kid in an orphanage 29 years ago. It was a nice place; trees, flowers, other kids to play with. And I had to go away, on business. You get the picture?
Anglich: When you came back, she was gone - and you are holding my shirt. Thank you.
Anglich: Only two years later, they give her away to some stranger.
Leslie C. Tucker: She was adopted you mean?
Anglich: Adopted! The place is a pawn shop. I got a hold of this mug that worked there, charged me 75 dollars - in 1919, that's a million - anyhow, told me she was took by ...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are spoken by a Humphrey Bogart impersonator. See more »

Soundtracks

Give Me the Simple Life
(uncredited)
Music by Rube Bloom
Played on the piano at the Penguin Lounge
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Enjoyable...but only if you turn off your brain and accept it for what it is.
14 December 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Peeper" is not a bad little film and it will fit the bill if you are looking for a time-passer. There are also parts of the film I really liked (such as the snappy dialog). But it's also a film that has problems. The plot seems derivative (very much like a reworking of "The Big Sleep"), the story is confusing and inconsistent and the actors seem to try their best with a plot that really seemed forced. Because of all this, I certainly will not heartily recommend it.

The film is set in the 1940s and is introduced by an actor pretending to be Humphrey Bogart. The story itself then begins. A nutty guy (Michael Constantine) gets a private eye (Michael Caine) to take a case. He wants Caine to locate his long-lost daughter, as he wants to make her his heir. The trail leads to the Prendergast family and one of their two daughters MIGHT be the heiress. To complicate things, two thugs are on his tail and seem ready to kill him--and yet, inexplicably, each time Caine captures them he gives them a chance to escape instead of either turning them into the cops or shooting them. This actually frustrated the heck out of me--and again and again, Caine's character seemed to make dumb decisions. I hate films where you must accept the stupidity of the lead in order to make the plot workable! It's a shame, as Natalie Wood is gorgeous and Caine tries his best. It's just the case of a film that needed a re-write before it was actually made.


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