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627 Ratings

Night Moves

Directed by Arthur Penn
United States, 1975
Crime, Mystery, Thriller


Former footballer and present private detective Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as an aging Hollywood actress whose only major roles came thanks to being married to a studio mogul wants Moseby to find and return her stepdaughter.

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Night Moves Directed by Arthur Penn

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1976 | Nominee: Best Actor

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1975 | 3rd place: Best Actor

What are people saying?

  • ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film Night Moves

    In the case of many director, their BEST work is often overshadowed by their most INFLUENTIAL work. Such is the case with Arthur Penn who will go down in cinematic history for Bonnie and Clyde and not for Night Moves. A brilliant homage to film noir that, by ironically covering old Hollywood grounds, manages to tell a story of change. It also offers a depiction of sleazy Hollywood that rivals Wilder's and Lynch's.

  • Francisco R.'s rating of the film Night Moves

    Poor Eric Rohmer never stood a chance against Harry Moseby's undeniably pedestrian gait about everything surrounding his life, a simple man working his way as a private eye while trying to get a hold of his tumbling marriage are the two elements in which this very memorable film edifies itself, but the real surprise lies not in uncovering the plot but in the withdrawal of understanding the real motivation of it all.

  • Pierluigi Puccini's rating of the film Night Moves

    Everything is low key about this film, until the last thirty minutes when the plot violently unravels. As other great neo noirs of its type, it confronts a man with old fashioned morals and mentality with hypocrite modern day world. Gene Hackman gives another stelar performance.

  • chanandre's rating of the film Night Moves

    "I saw a Rohmer film once. It was kind of like watching paint dry. " - could not be any wronger. But when i heard it i did laugh a bit.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Night Moves

    A brilliant twist on the more conventional PI mystery plot with Sharp and Penn more worried about studying the man than the narrative. It's a truly subversive and ultimately though-provoking character study, a backstage look at the life of a PI if you will. All the moral and ethical issues of a profession glorified by the movies are her portrayed in gut-wrenching fashion. Plus, it treated the audience with brains.

  • João Eça's rating of the film Night Moves

    "I saw a Rohmer filme once. It was kind of like watching paint dry", says Gene Hackman's character. That's the problem with Penn's movie, since he tries to do something arty with a Hollywood sub-genre (the detective movie) that has nothing of arty whatsoever. And he fails: the movie is a bore, the dialogues are pretentious and the twists are just silly. Though the ending is good, it is not enough to save the picture.

  • filmcapsule's rating of the film Night Moves

    A really great character study bolstered by a strong performance from Hackman. I got a surprisingly detailed understanding of Moseby. His relationship with his wife, which would have felt dashed off in other films, felt believable. The mystery isn't as enthralling, but it affords interesting side characters and situations for Moseby to react to. I loved how tight it was: no time for extraneous set-up.

  • Renton47's rating of the film Night Moves

    A film that's as much about the contribution of the detective narrative to our consciousness as also being another addition to that... Accordingly unglamorous, reactionary. At what point does a film about the futility and worthlessness of Hollywood ideals also contribute to our understanding of classical new (or here 70's) ideals. I like cynical films, this boasts a great ending which is a bit traditional for intent

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