Harper (The Moving Target) (1966)

Harper (The Moving Target) (1966)

Harper (The Moving Target)




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Screenwriter William Goldman has claimed that Paul Newman agreed to do Harper, the film that established the grateful writer's career, only because he was working unhappily on Lady L. (1965) in Europe, and was looking for something as unlike that film as possible. He stars as Lew Harper, a hip L.A. private dick whose business has gotten so bad that he's re-using his coffee grounds. At the suggestion of his friend, attorney Albert Graves (Arthur Hill), the detective takes on the investigation of … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: William Goldman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 14, 2006
Warner Bros.

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as Lew Harper

as Mrs. Simpson

as Betty Fraley

as Miranda Simpson

as Albert Graves

as Susan Harper

as Alan Traggert

as Dwight Troy

as Fay Estabrook

as Sheriff Spanner

as Puddler

as Deputy

as Mrs. Kronberg

as Fred Platt

as Eddie Fraley

as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Harper (The Moving Target)

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

By combining flamboyant suspense with a sunbaked slice of life and lots of good mean fun, Director Smight makes every clue a pleasure to follow.

Full Review… | September 30, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Director Jack Smight has inserted countless touches which illuminate each character to the highest degree.

Full Review… | September 30, 2008
Top Critic

Enjoyable performances throughout. Just the same, a very minor Big Sleep.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[Newman] is too fresh, too ruggedly good looking to be consistent as the sort of beat-up slob that his shady detective is intended to be and as Mr. Bogart used to be.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A star-driven Paul Newman crime mystery drama.

Full Review… | November 2, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Supported by colorful characters (played by Lauren Bacall, Shelley Winters, Julie Harris), Paul Newman gives a solid performance in his first private detective role, which catapulted him to major stardom and brought the genre back to the mainstream.

Full Review… | November 27, 2008

Audience Reviews for Harper (The Moving Target)

No more no less than a sixties update on Philip Marlowe, with dinner theater lines given good location shooting. The mystery is only a matter of eliminating the obvious which leaves the charisma of the actors involved to carry the piece. Newman has fun as Mar ... er ... the gumshoe. Bacall is no longer the rich man's daughter but now his disgruntled wife although essentially the same character. Strother Martin as a cult leader is without a doubt just a fun casting choice.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Harper has quite the pedigree, it stars Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner, Jacqueline de Witt AND Shelley Winters. It has a screenplay by Bill Goldman that's kind of a 60's "James Bond Cool" version of a Bogart detective film. Not only that it's shot by Conrad Hall! How can this not be awesome?

*Shrug* The film ends up bumbling it's awesome ingredients and turns out to be a very passable, but unremarkable Who-Dun-It. C'est la vie

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

A predictable detective story enriched by Paul Newman's stylish performance :P A few minutes into it and you'd probably know who the perpetrator is.

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