CELLUROIDS: A Movie Tally Site


Posted in tallyteers 2010 by dtinnin on May 14, 2010

Date: 5/13/2010         Format: Netflix Instant

Director: Arthur Penn

Starring: Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Susan Clark, Melanie Griffith

Although this entry into the legendary actor’s career has been largely forgotten, you still just can’t go wrong with ’70s Hackman. Melanie Griffith plays an LA runaway that Hackman is hired to locate and bring back to her washed up starlet of a mother. It’s one of Griffith’s first roles and let’s just say she certainly wasn’t shy.

James Woods appears too as a sleazy ex-boyfriend of Griffith’s, who may or may not be connected to a Hollywood cover up that Hackman and Griffith become entagled in.

The story moves back and forth between LA and the Florida Keys – where Griffith has been hiding out with a very strange, very Bohemian couple – and as the plot thickens, Hackman must piece together an unfolding mystery that threatens to undo everything he has done to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Griffith’s character.

NIGHT MOVES is a bit slow in parts, and somewhat laughable in a few scenes (especially as Hackman gets introduced to the hippie lifestyle down in the Keys) but the ending is unbelievable. The last reel is made up of the intensity and righteousness that is pure Hackman and there is a shocking, action packed, stunt rock of a finale.

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