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

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Robert Benton
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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 ... Mexican Bartender
Jason Clarke ... Young Cop #1
Patrick Malone ... Younger Cop (as Patrick Y. Malone)
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Storyline

Retired ex-cop and private detective Harry Ross (Paul Newman), who lives with rich actor Jack Ames (Gene Hackman), who is dying from cancer and his actress wife Catherine (Susan Sarandon) gets mixed up in murder when he is asked to deliver blackmail money. He walks into a twenty-year-old case involving the mysterious disappearance of Catherine's former husband. Raymond Hope (James Garner) is 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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This movie was released by Paramount Pictures, which was later the studio that originally developed the unrelated Twilight (2008), based on Stephanie Meyer's novel. The later movie was eventually made and released by Summit Entertainment. See more »

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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

Raymond Hope: Don't you ever get tired of all the beautiful people, Harry? Doesn't it ever bother you that they do whatever they want because there're people like you and me who'll clean up after them?
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Good old pros
4 January 1999 | by Stephen-12See all my reviews

This won't ever be anyone's favourite movie. It sets its sights fairly low, so it doesn't have any difficulty in hitting its targets. Nevertheless, it will trump many other thrillers simply because of the sheer professionalism of its cast. Esposito is an irritation and Liev Schreiber is fantastically dull as ever, but the real joy comes from seeing the old pros, Newman, Hackman, Sarandon, Channing and Garner doing their thing. Authority oozes from the screen whenever any one of them is on, which fortunately is nearly all the time. Hackman is particularly fine, especially considering he has virtually nothing to do.

This must be the oldest cast since Cocoon!

7 out of 10. It would be nothing without its principals.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magic Hour See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,866,411, 8 March 1998

Gross USA:

$15,055,091

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,055,091
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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