Harper (The Moving Target) 1966

Harper

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Struggling private eye Lew Harper (Paul Newman) takes a simple missing-person case that quickly spirals into something much more complex. Elaine Sampson (Lauren Bacall), recently paralyzed in a horse-riding accident, wants Harper to find her missing oil baron husband, but her tempestuous teenage stepdaughter Miranda (Pamela Tiffin) thinks Mrs. Sampson knows more than she's letting on. The film is based on Ross Macdonald's 1949 mystery "The Moving Target," featuring private eye Lew Archer.

Cast & Crew

Paul Newman
Lew Harper
Lauren Bacall
Mrs. Sampson
Shelley Winters
Fay Estabrook
Julie Harris
Betty Fraley
Robert Wagner
Allan Taggert
Janet Leigh
Susan Harper
Arthur Hill
Albert Graves
Pamela Tiffin
Miranda Sampson
Robert Webber
Dwight Troy
Peter Ustinov
Screenwriter
Jean Françaix
Original Music
Henri Alekan
Cinematographer
Roger Dwyre
Film Editor
Margot Capelier
Casting
Irene Howard
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Marcel Escoffier
Costume Designer
Jacqueline Guyot
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Critic Reviews for Harper (The Moving Target)

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Audience Reviews for Harper (The Moving Target)

  • Aug 14, 2011
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2011
    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.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This is a spy movie where everyone is a criminal, everyone! I bet you can guess the end just by knowing that. Now, what's the point in seeing this? I wish I hadn't wasted the time. Overall, it's not bad, it's just not good either.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2010
    Just an amazing movie. It's got a great blend of comedy and suspense. Paul Newman gives a great performance as Harper, the world's greatest private eye. It's got a great plot that is both fun and intelligent. I think my favorite element is the above-average cinematography and attention to detail. It's not just another detective story, it's a very unique and unforgettable character piece.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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