Michael Caine stars as a British private detective in Los Angeles, has too much going on in his office to take on the case searching for an adopted girl whose whereabouts he traces to the Pendergraast mansion in Beverly Hills. Encountering the sleazy Uncle (Thayer David) who refuses to divulge any information, he then finds two young women (Natalie Wood and Kitty Winn) and their trashy mother (Dorothy Adams) whom he questions to determine which one is the adopted member of the family. —IMDb
Peter Hyams (born July 26, 1943) is an American screenwriter, director and cinematographer, probably best known for directing the 1984 science fiction adventure 2010 (the sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey), Capricorn One, the comic book adaptation Timecop and the Arnold Schwarzenegger horror/action film End of Days.
Studied art and music at Hunter College and Syracuse University, before working as producer/anchorman for WHDH-TV and later WBBM-TV. He has described himself as “one of the very few writer/directors of major films who also photographs his own pictures”. During his time with CBS (where he worked from 1964 to 1970), he began to shoot documentary films. Hyams moved to Los Angeles in 1970 and sold his first screenplay, T.R. Baskin, to Paramount Pictures in 1971.
Hyams worked in television through the early to mid-1970s. His first major film was Capricorn One (1978), a critically acclaimed conspiracy thriller about a faked mission to Mars. This was… read more