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Super Reviewer
½ May 4, 2008
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.
Super Reviewer
January 13, 2007
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.
Super Reviewer
July 29, 2009
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.
Super Reviewer
April 25, 2007
So many good actors and actresses, but the movie is a total "flop". The book Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is more better than this movie.
Super Reviewer
July 1, 2010
In this faithful adaptation, Bella is played by Susan Sarandon, Edward by Paul Newman, and Jacob by Gene Hackman. This film is a masterpiece on all fronts, you really relate to Sarandon's character as she has to decide who she wants to be her boyfriend for an entire two hours. Don't miss this gem of a film, when else will you get to see Gene Hackman as a shirtless werewolf?
May 13, 2015
A bit plodding but Newman is worth the watch by himself and he gets help from the rest of these fine actors.
November 29, 2014
A fun throwback to classic film noir tales, and a great chance to watch some actors in their Twilight years go head to head with one another. It's kind of silly in parts, and spends way too much time paying homage to older films. But it's a rather satisfying mystery with some great performances, and it definitely understands how to be a pulp thriller. If you love the old noir films of the 40s and 50s or you love Newman or Hackman or Sarandon, you'll probably find a lot to enjoy about Twilight.
April 29, 2014
If you are a big Paul Newman fan, it's worth a watch. It will remind you of one he did in his younger days - Harper [1966] - or similar work by Gene Hackman (Night Moves [1975]).

This one builds into the plot the more advanced age of the stars. It works well enough. But i can't recommend it to people who aren't big fans of Newman or Hackman or Sarandon (or a young Reese Witherspoon, for that matter).
½ March 15, 2014
Had never heard of this Paul Newman movie. I liked it a lot. Power cast hands down. Great detective flick.
December 3, 2012
A classic noir thriller so true to the genre, it looks and feels like it was made in early 70's rather than late 90's. I kept noticing "anachronisms" such as cell phones and reminding myself that this movie is not as old as it seems. Apart from the great cast and pitch-perfect noir atmosphere, there's really not much else going on, the plot is rather thin and obvious, and after watching it, you are left with a feeling that you've seen something similar, but better before.
May 22, 2010
Neo-noir it is, but not anywhere near the hard-bit or shadowy styling that fans of the genre typically crave. This film's tributing the genre as it fades away, rather than actually recreating it. In parallel, it tributes its stellar leads whom, in terms of age at least, are here well into the twilight of their own careers.

And the plot parallels, revolving around a pack of Hollywood old-timers - a retired PI (Newman), his old pal (Garner) and two long-forgotten film stars (Hackman & Sarandon) - who find skeletons suddenly tumbling out of their closets in the evening of their lives. Skeletons that turn them all against one another.

Sarandon's the femme fatale; Channing's the police sergeant chewing yet respecting Newman. Witherspoon's the bratty daughter; her career not yet established, she was surely humbled in such company.

Pacing is slow, characterization is shallow and dialogue isn't sparring exposition, starkly contrasting the genre being honored. Rather the film is intentionally haunted by references to age and past. As such, the viewer is being invited to gently savor what this mature genre was, to admire how aged talented actors ably and easily slip into their roles, to behold how much accomplishment such a twilight can hold.

The camera drifts nostalgically over an LA gone by - Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood Regency lamps, all-night newsstands, Mid-Century architecture - all subtly displayed as also well past their own primes, a part of some long-lost Golden Age.

All of the basic noir elements are here, but they do not entertain, nor were they intended to do so. Instead, the film's not unlike a long quiet moment spent taking in the sunset the title implies - a sunset upon a certain part of Hollywood's past, its talent and one of its most admired genres.

RECOMMENDATION: For film buffs, well spent meditation.
½ May 6, 2010
(from The Watermark, 03/29/98)
This film comes so close to being excellent, but not quite close enough. Newman is an over-the-hill ex-cop turned go-fer for his two retired-actor best friends (Hackman and Sarandon). When Newman stumbles on a murder, we find that there's still some life in this seemingly dead old man. The only problem is, the film doesn't allow Newman to come to the realization that it ain't over until it's over. Thus, the supple film noir visuals and serviceable whodunit plot are left floundering without a theme to motivate them. Twilight has fallen and it can't get up.
½ July 21, 2009
A great cast, but nothing original about the work. Or maybe it only seems unoriginal after having watched 10 years of prime-time crime dramas? Actually a decent movie as a derivative of old-fashioned gumshoe films, but all the questions that were posed were answered in unsurprising ways.
November 7, 2008
This movie is notable for being Reese Witherspoon's ONLY topless film. That alone gives it a rating of 10. And this isn't just some half-second shot, it lasts for around 2 minutes! The movie itself ain't bad either, with a great cast and interesting story.
March 27, 2008
This movie isn't that good at all but worth checking out for Reese Witherspoon walking around topless after fooling around with Cotton Weary.
September 30, 2006
Old fashioned detective story, reminded me of the Phillip Marlowe detective films. The cast is incredible and boasts four Oscar winning actors. The cast does well, but the film lacks spark, it should have been faster paced with more excitement. Good, but should have been much better.
March 30, 2016
Fans of the performers and the genre will find a movie worth seeing once. Fans of the performers or the genre will find something for a brief drought. On its own merits though, it sits under a long list of superior examples of everything offered.
January 3, 2016
Not the sparkly vampire Twilight, thank goodness!
October 4, 2015
I've seen this movie before in one way or another, just not with this lights out cast. It's New man's feature as thecworld-weary, hard-liuch shams. All of the other stock characters are played by A-list stars, including Reese Witherspoon and Liiev Schreiber as a young actress and her young clinically stupid boyfriend.
July 2, 2015
Most of the cast under-performed with respect to their ability, IMO. Hackman, Garner, and Martindale put in solid efforts, with Hackman being the best.

This film kind of depresses me, as it was an opportunity to make a fairly strong Noir with a mature cast, yet really comes up short when assessed in it's entirety.
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