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on: February 11, 2005, 04:52:05 PM
Just saw this at a rep screening a few nights ago as part of a 60's-80's Hollywood series. It's criminal just how underrated this movie is. Hackman gives a performance that stands among his best. From time to time I forget just how much of a giant he actually is. There are so many moments in this movie where he's doing so much by just being... obviously he was a very meticulous actor, but it seems like everything just flows out almost as an improv. I dunno...

And it was a truly dark and cynical and unforgiving film. Also, it had the distinction of really being a Hollywood movie (full plot intact, ample sex and blood, and some of the sharpest lines ever written), and yet at the same time having that beautiful 70's space for Hackman in particular to be a flawed human.

And so I urge all who haven't seen it to actively seek out a video copy (cos that's all that's available) and see for yourselves.
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Reply #1 on: February 11, 2005, 07:34:15 PM
been waiting for this on dvd for quite some time now -- the vhs copy i saw was just horrible -- my favorite scene is when he throws the glass in the garbage disposal -- greath film
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Reply #2 on: February 12, 2005, 03:08:00 AM
Night Moves is one of Melanie Griffith's first films, and it was an early effort for James Woods as well.  It is one of the better film noirs of the 70's, reflecting the burnout and cynicism of the post-Watergate era.  It is one of Arthur Penn's best, and Hackman did a great job as the burned out detective.  You would think this would be on DVD by now.  It is one of the 70's neglected gems.  Hard to believe it's 30 years old.

Talk about influential -- Bob Seger named a hit song after it, and Shane Black borrowed some ideas for Last Boy Scout.
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Reply #3 on: February 27, 2005, 05:36:44 PM
Wow, I'm really glad someone mentioned this neglected gem of early '70s pessimism and paranoia.  I only saw it once on video several years ago, but its kind of stuck with me ever since.  Particularly that haunting ending...


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Reply #4 on: April 07, 2005, 06:55:47 AM
Warner Home Video has announced three new-to-DVD catalog titles, all starring the great Gene Hackman. Due on July 12th are Twice in a Lifetime, Night Moves and Scarecrow. All arrive with new anamorphic widescreen transfers and Dolby Digital mono tracks. Extras include a commentary track with Ann-Margret, Amy Madigan and director Bud Yorkin on Twice in a Lifetime, the vintage featurettes "The Day of the Director" on Night Moves and "On the Road with Scarecrow" on the Scarecrow disc. Each also comes with the original theatrical trailer. Retail is $19.97 apiece.

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Reply #5 on: August 17, 2005, 10:44:31 PM
i saw this because i had remembered this thread.  i generally like private eye films but this was just decent.  despite good acting/cast you felt where the story was going because of how familiar this kind of film is and there was little pull to keep me invested in the story.  probably not underrated or overrated, perhaps rated just fine.
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Reply #6 on: November 28, 2005, 12:44:30 AM
I was close to blind-buying this a month or so ago, then I didn't pull the trigger. ... Definitely need to rent it, though.

Hackman rocks.