Night Moves
Night Moves © 1975 WBEI

Night Moves (35mm)

classified 18

Out of Their Depth: Corruption, Scandal and Lies in the New Hollywood


Sat 27 July 20:50

Cinema 1, Watershed

Arthur Penn
Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Susan Clark
100 mins, 1975, USA
Primary language

The search for a missing teenage girl leads to a devastating emotional reckoning in this 1970s film noir starring Gene Hackman.

Hackman gives another defining performance of the period as Harry Moseby, capturing the confusions and complexities now facing this all-American hero. Traditional American values were not only being tested by a corrupt President in the White House but also even culturally – watch out for Harry’s dig at the French New Wave!

A new case searching for the missing teenage daughter (Melanie Griffiths in her debut) of a former movie star leads Moseby from Hollywood to the Florida Keys and an emotional reckoning.

Scripted by Alan Sharp, Night Moves is as elegant plotted and deadly as the chess game Harry keeps pondering where a champion unaccountably didn’t see checkmate coming, and, like Chinatown, has one of the most emotionally devastating endings delivered in a Hollywood film.

With thanks to Warner Bros and Park Circus.

With an introduction by season curator and Cinema Rediscovered Founder Mark Cosgrove.

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