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This claims, Thanks also for that even though your said site's Tomatometer only has a mediocre 0.5 or 1/2 for its 'seventyfive ( '75 ) ( 'lxxv ) flick ' ' DROWNING Pool, ' ' we want to say that DESPITE S. Rosenberg's FLATLY performed directing, we thought the way Mr. P. Newman's hero ( among others ) makes another set of fine performances happen was one ( 1 ) ( i ) of MANY ways that this more than makes up for that....
Ecrit par Walter Hill et réalisé par Scott Rosenberg (deux noms qu'on associe avec une certaine qualité, habituellement), The Drowning Pool n'a pas vraiment d'intrigue centrée mais possède beaucoup de style et une atmosphère assez pesante dans un bayou typique de Louisiane. Si Paul Newman domine encore les débats, force est de constater qu'ils sont particulièrement peu intéressant cette fois-ci et que cette lutte de pouvoir entre un magnat du pétrole et l'ex du personnage principal n'a rien de passionnant. Hormis une bonne scène dans un appartement inondé, The Drowning Pool n'apporte rien de nouveau au genre, malgré un score remarquable.
good private eye pic like the one played by frank sanatra in 'tony rome"
An unremarkable private eye film, but it has a few top rate scenes and it does not stumble too badly.
Fantastic Paul Newman and young Melanie Griffith could not save this one for me. Southern based private detective movie has Newman trying to help an old girlfriend in trouble.
At one point, the complicated plot has Harper (Newman) and Kilbourne's wife Mavis (Gail Strickland) locked in a hydrotherapy room, with the water rising to the ceiling, hence the film's title. Not saying this is not a film for you, it is worth watching but decide for yourself.
The film appears like a television movie. "The Drowning Pool," which is a confusing and not very exciting private-eye caper." Roger Ebert
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Good, but nothing extraordinary, and considering the cast, I would have expected more. It's well made, a little to slow in parts, but generally satisf...
Paul Newman as Lew Harper
Joanne Woodward as Iris Devereaux
Anthony Franciosa (credited as Tony Franciosa) as Chief Broussard
Murray Hamilton as Kilbourne
Gail Strickland as Mavis Kilbourne
Melanie Griffith as Schuyler Devereaux
Linda Haynes as Gretchen
Andre Trottier as Hydrotherapist
Richard Jaeckel as Lieutenant Franks
Paul Koslo as Candy
Joe Canutt as Glo
Andrew Robinson (credited as Andy Robinson) as Pat Reavis
Coral Browne as Olivia Devereaux
Tracy Keenan Wynn
Lorenzo Semple Jr.
John C. Howard
Warner Bros. Pictures
"Drowning Pool" es el regreso de Lew Harper, un cinico y astuto detective privado interpretado a la perfeccion por Paul Newman. Aunque esta especie de secuela fue destrozada por la critica en su epoca, vista hoy es un trabajo entretenido, con mucha clase y giros interesantes. Recomendada para los amantes del genero detectivesco.
The Drowning Pool (1975) -- [5.0] -- Paul Newman returns as private eye Lew Harper, hired by an ex-flame to solve a blackmail case involving adultery and oil-rich land. As with the previous "Harper" film, the stakes are never high enough and no one's quite worth caring about. The film is good for one suspenseful set piece involving a flooding room (hence the title?), but it's a pretty sleepy movie otherwise. If you love Newman, he might be enough carry you over the finish line. Joanne Woodward is very good as the ex-flame and Murray Hamilton is memorable as a nasty oil baron. Young Melanie Griffith pops up as Woodward's nymphet daughter.
I chose to go see this with one guy over going to see Joan Jett and the BlackHearts with another guy... DUMB MOVE!!!!!
Excellent mid-seventies noir