The Drowning Pool (1975)
Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 5
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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4
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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Paul Newman returns as private detective Lew Harper is this tale of blackmail and murder based on a novel by Ross MacDonald. Iris Devereaux (Joanne Woodward), the wife of a wealthy oilman from Louisiana, hires Harper after she receives a threatening letter. A blackmailer is threatening to tell Iris' husband James (Richard Derr) about a recent extramarital affair; she claims this indiscretion never happened, though she has been unfaithful in the past, and years ago had a brief fling with Harper.
Jan 7, 1975 Wide
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Stylish, improbable, entertaining, superficial, well cast, and totally synthetic.
Unfortunately, Rosenberg directs flatly, hopping from one set piece to the next, disjointedly throwing characters of varying interest across Newman's path.
As a convoluted caper it generates action rather than character and surface mystery rather than meaning.
This and a few other scenes are truly suspenseful, but for the most part the film is a synthetic, forced story peopled with some interesting characters and fine performances.
Solid Newman-Woodward detective thriller.
Dullish detective yarn that promises a great deal more than it delivers in story, direction or atmosphere.
Audience Reviews for The Drowning Pool
- Detective Franks: There's nothing wrong with southern California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn't cure.
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