Twilight (1998)



Critic Consensus: It suffers from a frustratingly deliberate pace, but with nuanced performances from Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandon, and Reese Witherspoon to fall back on, Twilight can't help but be compelling.

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Robert Benton (Places in the Heart) directed this urban detective thriller, set in Los Angeles, from a screenplay by Benton and Richard Russo. The title derives from a film-industry term: late-afternoon lighting led cinematographers to describe that time of day as "the magic hour" -- yet the term has also been referenced in connection with late-afternoon L.A. homicides. Stockard Channing on working with Paul Newman: "That fulfills one of my fantasies." Filming began 11/11/96 in LA. Produced by … More

Rating: R (for violence, language and some srong sexuality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Robert Benton, Richard Russo
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On DVD: Oct 6, 1998
Paramount Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Twilight

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (18)

Despite its pluses, despite trying to do all the right things, Twilight comes up lacking in both energy and plot, two areas that no noir, geezer or otherwise, can afford to be caught short in.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Writer-director Robert Benton obviously intended to paint this neo-noir in somber tones, but he's succeeded beyond what's good for his movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The movie has a hazy, sleepy, and sad look that reminded me (favorably) of Chinatown. Brilliant.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Never less than engaging and intelligent.

Full Review… | November 15, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

neither day nor night and neither fish nor fowl. The picture swaggers from moody mystery to raunchy comedy, and neither style is Benton or Russo's forte.

Full Review… | July 31, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

If this movie were cast with no-name actors or even rising stars, it would only be boring and undistinguished. But with a bill full of high-powered names like these, it's a downright disappointment.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Twilight


Cast is far above the material in this throwback try at a noir in color. If you like any of the actors worth checking out.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A decent slow paced thriller, more of a detective story really. It has a great cast Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandon, Paul Newman and a very early, memorable role for Reese Witherspoon. If you like detective stories and a plot with a slight twist you might like this, but it could do with a bit more action at least. It seems to have slipped by most people but it's worth a watch if it's on.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

Twilight: There is a number of movies out there with the title just plain Twilight, they seem to come out every few years. This is not the 2009 Vampire Movie Twilight. This is the 1998 Twilight Movie with Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Resse Witherspoon, James Garner and Stockard Channing. Director Robert Benton has crafted a film reminiscent of the 1940's. With this lineup you expect a great movie and that?s what you get. Remember keep your mind open to the fact it was filmed in 1998 and not 2008. Newman plays the part of a ex-cop now Private Detective who retires after being shot by Hackman?s Daughter. The film opens with P.I. Harry Ross (Paul Newman) down in Mexico tracking down the minor daughter of Jack Ames (Gene Hackman), they wrestle and she gets Newman's gun and shoots him in the leg, so sets up the fact that Newman lives in Hackman?s guess house doing odd jobs for him. One job is Newman is handed an envelope and told to give it to female at an address, he goes there only to find a wounded man with a pistol, so starts the twisted mystery with more turns then a Californian Mountain Road. Its an excellent movie that should be seen by all. 4 stars.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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