Night Moves
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Private eye Harry Moseby (Gene Hackman) is dedicated to his job, but his dedication does not make him happy or powerful in his personal life, and his wife (Susan Clark) is cheating on him. Aging actress Arlene Iverson (Janet Ward) hires Harry to find her trust-funded daughter Delly (Melanie Griffith), distracting Harry from his marital problems as he tracks the lascivious runaway teen to Florida. In the Keys, Harry has an affair of his own with Paula (Jennifer Warren), and he succeeds in locating Delly, even as he learns that finding her is only the beginning of a much larger case. As the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Night Moves is a paradox: a suspenseless suspenser, very well cast with players who lend sustained interest to largely synthetic theatrical characters."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Arthur Penn's Night Moves is about an old-fashioned private eye who says and does all the expected things while surrounded by a plot he completely fails to understand."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This excellent contemporary noir features some of the best work of both director Arthur Penn and actor Gene Hackman."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An exceptional neo-noir...In Penn's short-lived time among Hollywood's elite directors, Night Moves is perhaps his most assured film next to Bonnie and Clyde."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"a sad attempt to quickly knock off what made Chinatown great"
‑ Christopher Null,
"One of Penn's best features; his direction of actors is sensitive and purposeful throughout."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"An elegant conundrum, a private-eye film that has its full share of duplicity, violence, and bizarre revelation, but whose mind keeps straying from questions of pure narrative to those of the hero's psyche."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"It is all about atmosphere in this cult Arthur Penn work."
‑ Steve Crum,
"When the story sticks to character and action, it succeeds. When it strays off into philosophical and psychological loses interest."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A seminal modern noir work from the 1970s about an innocent and lost soul making his way among liars and thieves..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Essential viewing."
‑ , Time Out
"Hackman perfectly embodies the faded knight errant being eaten up by the simple desire to know The Truth and thus somehow redeem his misspent life."
‑ , Film4
"A fine, steamy slice of noir."
‑ Brent Simon, Now Playing Magazine
"An unusual detective story that points out that in a world of rampant deception, we can't believe in winners anymore"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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