Harper (The Moving Target)
Harper (The Moving Target) (1966)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 23, 1966
DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
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TIME Magazine

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

[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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Variety Staff

Director Jack Smight has inserted countless touches which illuminate each character to the highest degree.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A star-driven Paul Newman crime mystery drama.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Harper shows the actor to good advantage, Newman's nonchalant demeanor well suiting the character of the PI.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Enjoyable performances throughout. Just the same, a very minor Big Sleep.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Newman smoulders in the lead role, a private eye hired by Bacall to find her missing husband.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
No more no less than a sixties update on Philip Marlowe, with dinner theater lines given good location shooting. The mystery is only a matter of eliminating… More
Aj V
This is a spy movie where everyone is a criminal, everyone! I bet you can guess the end just by knowing that. Now, what's the point in seeing this? I… More
Ken Stachnik
Harper has quite the pedigree, it stars Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner, Jacqueline de Witt AND Shelley Winters. It has a screenplay by… More
Conner Rainwater
Just an amazing movie. It's got a great blend of comedy and suspense. Paul Newman gives a great performance as Harper, the world's greatest private… More
familiar stranger
A predictable detective story enriched by Paul Newman's stylish performance :P A few minutes into it and you'd probably know who the perpetrator is.
xGary Xx
Detective Paul Newman quips his way through a case for which he is hired by a cold-hearted Lauren Bacall to find her eccentric millionaire husband. Paul Newman… More