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The Late Show (1977)

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Even though he barely makes enough money to cover his expenses and finds divorce cases (his bread and butter) unsavory, aging detective Ira Wells (Art Carney) is determined to stay active and to retain some amount of self-respect. When his partner Harry Regan (Howard Duff) is killed while on assignment, Ira agrees to take on his current case, although he can't see how it has anything to do with his friend's murder, which he is anxious to solve. In order to survive, by solving the case of his

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Robert Benton

Mar 30, 2004

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (0) | DVD (8)

The Late Show is a masterpiece disguised as a fluffy mystery-comedy.

May 14, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

An odd and sneakily enjoyable little flick. Tomlin & Carney make a great pair.

April 6, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

A great idea of the genius of Robert Benton to come.

March 3, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

The Late Show is a detective flick that modestly delivers more than one expects.

January 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A loose, funny and crafty detective flick with an unusual cast.

March 26, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Carney and Tomlin make a fine odd couple in this tip of the hat to old-time detective thrillers.

August 22, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for The Late Show

Charming crime comedy with Carney and Tomlin a wonderfully off beat pair, their chemistry makes this a delight. A real sleeper.
December 20, 2008
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jay nixon

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A sardonic, affectionate homage to the private-eye films of the 40's and 50's. it benefits greatly by the touching and magnificent performance by the late Art Carney playing a washed-up, aging private eye determined to solve one tantalizing case, after his one time partner is murdered, Carney vows to get the killer. The trail begins with Lily Tomlin in a delightful performance as a flaky ex-hippie, who stolen cat Carney's partner had been hired to find. Tomlin starts off trying to hired Carney who at first wants nothing to do with her, but has a change of heart, and soon she turns into his dizzy sidekick, they have real chemistry together. The film is filled with wonderful plot-twists that include blackmail, murder, double-crosses and philandering wives. The major success of this film is due Robert Benton who wrote the brilliant original screenplay, and makes an impressive directorial debut. A sadly underrated gem, that is a true winner! Highly Recommended.
October 17, 2010
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