Night Moves tells the story of an L.A. private detective (Gene Hackman) who is hired by an Hollywood actress to hunt down her Nympho teenage daughter who lives
in the Florida keys. This film does a great job of building around its central character, a no bullshit type guy played brilliantly by Gene Hackman. As a viewer you really feel attached to this detectives hip as he investigates, creating this overwhelming sense of mystery as the story continues to unfold. Penn's visual design in this filmis fantastic, with one of the best finales I have had the pleasure of seeing. The other real strength with this piece is the screenplay. There are sooooo many great lines, and some instant lines that I will be quoting for years. The dialogue is sharp and always moving, which works perfectly for this type of film. Each character is well defined, for example the Hollywood Actress, whose flamboyant sexual charged attitude completely fits the construct which her nympho daughter develops. Arthur Penn's Night Moves is a great detective story that's narrative beautifully unfolds, placing it side-by-side with some of the best detective stories of the 1970s.
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