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Love at Large (1990)

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Vampish miss Dolan hires hardboiled P.I. Harry Dobbs to tail her shady boyfriend. Harry realizes that the man leads a double life but then his client disappears. Harry teams up with his own tail, P.I. Stella Wynkowski, to clear things up.

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Alan Rudolph

Writer:

Alan Rudolph
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Harry Dobbs
Elizabeth Perkins ... Stella Wynkowski
Anne Archer ... Miss Dolan
Kate Capshaw ... Mrs. Ellen McGraw
Annette O'Toole ... Mrs. King
Ted Levine ... Frederick King / James McGraw
Ann Magnuson ... Doris
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Art the Farmhand
Ruby Dee ... Corrine Dart
Barry Miller ... Marty
Neil Young ... Rick
Meegan Lee Ochs Meegan Lee Ochs ... Bellhop
Gailard Sartain ... Taxi Driver
Robert Gould ... Tavern Bartender
Dirk Blocker ... Hiram Culver, Used-Car Salesman
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Storyline

A down and out private detective (Berenger) is asked by a beautiful woman (Archer) to follow her lover (Young) because she thinks he may be planning to kill her. Due to her poor description she's in danger. He ends up following the wrong man, but discovers the wrong man has some sleazy secrets himself. Meanwhile another detective (Perkins) has been hired to follow Berenger, and they eventually decide to work together to find out what is really going on. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Love is the only lead worth following.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Afaceri încurcate See more »

Filming Locations:

Bend, Oregon, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,436,308

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,436,308
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Harry's revolver is a nickel-plated Colt Detective Special. See more »

Quotes

Stella Wynkowski: Look, Mr. Dobbs...
Harry Dobbs: Harry.
Stella Wynkowski: Harry. This is not... ethical.
Harry Dobbs: If we were discussing ethics, it'd be pretty silent here.
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Soundtracks

You Don't Know What Love Is
Written by Gene de Paul and Don Raye
Performed by Anne Archer
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This "Love" Scores Large
4 March 1999 | by zeus-2See all my reviews

This is a love story in the format of a comedy. Or, more appropriately, a love quest story. Like the Detective saga it parodies, the characters are on a search for absolution. But in Rudolph's screwball world where, for instance, every car is at least 20 years old and carries the model name "classic", all of this light madness works toward one, central theme: love is almost impossible to find, but, oh, so much fun to search for.

All the characters that are in long-term relationships are either breaking up, cheating on each other, or completely self-deluded. The other characters are in perpetual seek mode, from Miss Dolan who flirts and swoons wherever her whimsical heart takes her, to Stella, who studies "The Love Manual" and bitterly says things like, "the one who is in love always waits. It's the lover's signature."

Ultimately, this makes for light, entertaining fare. There aren't many bellylaughs, but there is a continual glow and a delightful, endearing glee about the film. Director Rudolph's cinematic sense is so keen that everything seems larger than it is, and more meaningful.


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