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A retired detective accepts a simple task, unaware that it will tear open old, forgotten, but deadly wounds.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Harry Ross
Susan Sarandon ... Catherine Ames
Gene Hackman ... Jack Ames
Reese Witherspoon ... Mel Ames
Stockard Channing ... Lt. Verna Hollander
James Garner ... Raymond Hope
Giancarlo Esposito ... Reuben Escobar
Liev Schreiber ... Jeff Willis
Margo Martindale ... Gloria Lamar
John Spencer ... Capt. Phil Egan
M. Emmet Walsh ... Lester Ivar
Peter Gregory ... Verna's Partner
Rene Mujica Rene Mujica ... Mexican Bartender
Jason Clarke ... Young Cop #1
Patrick Malone ... Younger Cop (as Patrick Y. Malone)
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Storyline

A retired ex-cop and private detective (Newman) who lives with a rich actor (Hackman) who is dying from cancer and his actress wife (Sarandon) gets mixed up in murder when he is asked to deliver blackmail money. He walks into a 20 year old case involving the mysterious disappearance of the actress's former husband. James Garner appears as another ex-cop who also does occasional errands for the couple. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Some people can buy their way out of anything. Except the past.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Magic Hour See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,866,411, 8 March 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,030,732, 3 May 1998
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gene Hackman and Margo Martindale appeared in The Firm (1993). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film when the interrogation of Ross ends, the police detective switches off the tape recorder, and then states the date and time. Why would he switch off the recorder before stating the date and time? See more »

Quotes

Harry: People like you, think you are entitled to all the things that you have?
Catherine: Do you think people like me care so much about things? Maybe people like you shouldn't get close to people like me!
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Remembering Gene Siskel (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Blues Stay Away from Me
Written by Alton Delmore (as A. Delmore), Rabon Delmore (as R. Delmore), Wayne Raney (as W. Raney) and Henry Glover (as H. Glover)
Performed by The Notting Hillbillies
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc./Mercury Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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a movie for grownups
20 April 1999 | by rupieSee all my reviews

With all the action-schlock movies coming out of Hollywood, and all the obsession with special effects, it is nice to have a movie about real characters with some real acting. This is a great cast with Newman in his usual fine form, and Hackman, Sarandon, and Garner reminding us what real acting is all about. I don't know why this film reminded me of L.A.Confidential in the story line, but this film's characters have depth and texture, unlike the cardboard cutouts of that movie. The gritty plot, about past crime, betrayal, friendship, and loyalty, is not without its moments of sardonic humor, and Elmer Bernstein, who has been around forever, still churns out a great score. A grownup movie for grownups.


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