Night Moves (1975)



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Movie Info

Private eye Harry Moseby is hired by actress Arlene Iverson to locate her missing daughter Delly. Moseby follows a twisting trail of clues to Delly and returns her to her mother. When Delly is killed in a freak accident, Moseby investigates the girl's death and discovers that she was murdered.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Alan Sharp
On DVD: Jul 12, 2005


as Harry Moseby

as Ellen Moseby

as Joey Ziegler

as Marty Heller

as Arlene Iverson

as Quentin

as Mary Ellman

as Tom Iverson

as Delly Grastner

as Charles

as Tony

as Airline Ticket Clerk

as Airline Ticket Clerk

as Delivery Boy

as Young Man

as Crewman
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Critic Reviews for Night Moves

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

Night Moves is a paradox: a suspenseless suspenser, very well cast with players who lend sustained interest to largely synthetic theatrical characters.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008
Top Critic

One of Penn's best features; his direction of actors is sensitive and purposeful throughout.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Essential viewing.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Arthur Penn's Night Moves is about an old-fashioned private eye who says and does all the expected things while surrounded by a plot he completely fails to understand.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

An elegant conundrum, a private-eye film that has its full share of duplicity, violence, and bizarre revelation, but whose mind keeps straying from questions of pure narrative to those of the hero's psyche.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Hackman perfectly embodies the faded knight errant being eaten up by the simple desire to know The Truth and thus somehow redeem his misspent life.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008

Audience Reviews for Night Moves

God, I love this film! I watched it last night for the first time in years. It's one that always gets an honourable mention in those lists of the great movies that nobody went to see on first release. Thirty-seven years on, it feels and is paced more like a small character piece than a thriller, but I imagine Warner Bros. had reasonably high commercial hopes for it when it was greenlit, just four years on from Gene Hackman's Oscar-snaffling turn in The French Connection, eight from director Arthur Penn's phenomenal - and phenomenally successful - Bonnie and Clyde.

Sometimes you see these neglected gems and it's completely baffling how they failed to find an audience at the time, but with Night Moves I can sort of understand how it slipped through the net. And it's not surprising that the film's critical stock began to rise with the advent of home video, when it became possible to re-examine atypically rich examples of cinema to ones heart's content. In my experience, if there's one thing an audience cannot stand it's a movie that makes them feel stupid, and, simply put - and I don't mean this as a criticism, as the effect is certainly intentional - Night Moves is probably the most forbiddingly opaque and ambiguous thriller of the 1970s.

Honestly, if you're one of those people who hates loose ends and likes a nice pat denouement, do yourself a favour and stay well clear of this because it will drive you up the wall! The first time you watch it, it's largely incoherent; the characters and their respective motivations emerge more clearly with each subsequent viewing, but there's still no getting away from the fact that no matter how many times you watch it, the movie remains a riddle without a solution, or rather a riddle with any number of different solutions.

R.I.P. Bruce Surtees, director of photography, 1937-2012

Stephen M

Super Reviewer


Everything is low key about this film, until the last thirty minutes when the plot violently unravels. As other great neo noirs of its type, it confronts a man with old fashioned morals and mentality with hypocrite modern day world. Gene Hackman gives another stelar performance.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


An interesting neo-noir thriller but that is not near the masterpiece some critics make it be. Doesn't hold a candle to Arthur Penn's real masterpiece, "Bonnie and Clyde"

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer

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