Night Moves is a paradox: a suspenseless suspenser, very well cast with players who lend sustained interest to largely synthetic theatrical characters.

Night Moves is a paradox: a suspenseless suspenser, very well cast with players who lend sustained interest to largely synthetic theatrical characters.

Minor LA detective Hackman, hired by faded actress Janet Ward to find runaway teenage daughter Melanie Griffith, becomes enmeshed in the Florida smuggling operations of John Crawford (Griffith’s stepfather), whose classy mistress Jennifer Warren indirectly helps Hackman’s own reconciliation with wife Clark, herself dallying out of loneliness with Harris Yulin. Stuntmen Edward Binns and Anthony Costello, and mechanic Woods, provide a link between the Hollywood and Florida environments.

Far more meritorious than the play are the players. Hackman works well with everyone.

Night Moves

Production

Hiller-Layton/Warner. Director Arthur Penn; Producer Robert M. Sherman; Screenplay Alan Sharp; Camera Bruce Surtees; Editor Dede Allen, Stephen A. Rotter; Music Michael Small; Art Director George Jenkins

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1975. Running time: 99 MIN.

With

Gene Hackman Jennifer Warren Edward Binns Susan Clark James Woods Melanie Griffith
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