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Night Moves
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: July 12, 2005
  • Originally Released: 1975
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Mono 1.0 - English, French

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 18


User Ratings: 3,347
Rating: A- -- A fine, steamy slice of noir. Full Review
Now Playing Magazine
Aug 13, 2005
Essential viewing. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
While Night Moves works perfectly well on plot-adventure alone, it's the deeper concerns explored that give the film much of its power. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
Nov 26, 2019
One of Penn's best features; his direction of actors is sensitive and purposeful throughout. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jul 23, 2008
Rating: 3/5 -- 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.
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Rating: 4/4 -- One of the best psychological thrillers in a long time, probably since Don't Look Now. It has an ending that comes not only as a complete surprise... but that also pulls everything together in a new way, one we hadn't thought of before. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 24, 2004
Rating: 4/5 -- It is all about atmosphere in this cult Arthur Penn work.
Jan 1, 2008

Product Description:

Gene Hackman is perfect as Harry Moseby, a second-rate gumshoe working on low-end cases while trying to straighten out his own muddled life. When he is contacted by a mother looking for her young movie-actress daughter, Harry supposes it is just another dull case. He finds the girl and brings her home with little trouble. But soon Harry learns of the girl's death shortly after her return. He discovers the death of one of her boyfriends as well and, connecting the two "accidents," tries to unravel an ever-growing mystery. NIGHT MOVES is a film-noir-style detective story that is moody, gritty, and unpredictable to the very end.

Description by Warner Home Video:

An LA detective leaves his marital woes behind to pursue a missing person case the Florida Keys and reopens an old murder investigation.

Plot Synopsis:

Done in the classic film-noir style of 1940s crime dramas, NIGHT MOVES continues the tradition of hard-boiled detectives, twisting plots, and dark themes. Gene Hackman is Harry Moseby, a cut-rate private detective who just isn't very good at what he does. Most of his cases are routine and very dull. When a wealthy woman hires him to track down her missing daughter, Harry believes it to be just another missing-persons case. He locates the girl and brings her back home, despite the girl's protests. Days later she turns up dead and Harry suspects foul play. Soon Harry finds himself embroiled in a mystery that leads to smuggling rings, double-crosses, and seductions. The inexperienced gumshoe finds himself totally out of his league as he is caught in the middle of this dangerous web of lies and murder. Hackman is excellent as the somewhat soft-boiled detective who's job is making him increasingly paranoid. Melanie Griffith is also a standout in her movie debut as Delly, the promiscuous Lolita whom Harry is sent to find. Arthur Penn's direction is taut, evoking the atmosphere of classic noir thrillers such as THE MALTESE FALCON and DOUBLE INDEMNITY to great effect. With crime rings, murder, unexpected plot twists, an overall dark mood, and tawdry sex, NIGHT MOVES is a top-notch entry in the detective movie genre.


Production Notes:

  • James Woods makes an early film appearance as Quentin. The film marked the feature-film debut of Melanie Griffith.

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  • Sales Rank: 17,202
  • UPC: 012569688728
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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