The Drowning Pool (1975)
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Suave gumshoe Lew Harper returns in this suspenseful sequel to Harper that again stars Paul Newman in the title role. This time Harper takes a case for a beautiful Louisiana oil tycoon (played by Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward) to discover who has been blackmailing her.
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Critic Reviews for The Drowning Pool
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.
Audience Reviews for The Drowning Pool
An excellent sequel to Harper. It takes everything great from the first film without being repetitive. Paul Newman delivered a great performance as did a young Melanie Griffith. The story was extremely intriguing and entertaining, while also having a light hearted, comedic tone. Stuart Rosenberg made a film that isn't just fluff, it's extremely well made. If you enjoyed the first, I can't see you not liking this.
Lew Harper returns to investigate a case of the blackmail of a wealthy southern woman and uncovers corruption and murder. As usual. The sequel to Harper is far less jokey in tone and is more of a straight noir style thriller. All the usual ingredients are here; smart mouthed detective, hard-nosed cops, promiscuous young girl, shadowy land baron and the inevitable mix of small time hoods and snitches. The plot is very similar to that of Chinatown (although lacking its subtlety) but it actually works rather better than its predecessor because of the lack of swinging sixties style gimmicks; it has dated rather better as a result. A decent detective story that lacks flash or even a hint of originality but is good, solid entertainment.
mediocre and muddled but Newman is good as always.
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