Harper (The Moving Target)
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Harper (The Moving Target)
Screenwriter William Goldman has claimed that Paul Newman agreed to do Harper, the film that established the grateful writer's career, only because he was working unhappily on Lady L. (1965) in Europe, and was looking for something as unlike that film as possible. He stars as Lew Harper, a hip L.A. private dick whose business has gotten so bad that he's re-using his coffee grounds. At the suggestion of his friend, attorney Albert Graves (Arthur Hill), the detective takes on the investigation of the disappearance of the wealthy husband of waspish cripple Elaine Sampson (Lauren Bacall).… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"By combining flamboyant suspense with a sunbaked slice of life and lots of good mean fun, Director Smight makes every clue a pleasure to follow."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"[Newman] is too fresh, too ruggedly good looking to be consistent as the sort of beat-up slob that his shady detective is intended to be and as Mr. Bogart used to be."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Harper shows the actor to good advantage, Newman's nonchalant demeanor well suiting the character of the PI."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Director Jack Smight has inserted countless touches which illuminate each character to the highest degree."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Supported by colorful characters (played by Lauren Bacall, Shelley Winters, Julie Harris), Paul Newman gives a solid performance in his first private detective role, which catapulted him to major stardom and brought the genre back to the mainstream."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Newman smoulders in the lead role, a private eye hired by Bacall to find her missing husband."
‑ , Film4
"Enjoyable performances throughout. Just the same, a very minor Big Sleep."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"William Goldman's adaptation of MacDonald's novel -- his first solo screenwriting credit -- is full of rapid-fire dialogue, but some of the characterizations are thin."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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