The Late Show

BBBB.5

(out of 5)


What a treat! The inspired private-eye genre that you love from older movies like The Maltese Falcon and more recent classics like The Long Goodbye, combined with some wacky humour reminiscent of The Thin Man movies. Aging private eye is pulled out of retirement when an old friend shows up dead and he decides to get to the bottom of who killed him. In walks new-ager , who is hoping he can help her find the guys who kidnapped her cat, and lo and behold, the cases are connected. From there it’s twists and turns as the two team up to chase bad guys (including a great wild ride in her van that nearly tears an entire neighbourhood apart) and find who is responsible for the mounting pile of bodies that keep showing up in every place they look for clues. A sexy  has a terrific supporting turn in this gem of a film, written and directed by Robert Benton (Kramer Vs. Kramer) and produced by Robert Altman.


Warner Bros.

USA, 1977

Directed by

Screenplay by Robert Benton

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by ,


Academy Award Nomination
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen-Based on Factual Material or on Story Material Not Previously Published or Produced) (Robert Benton)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Lily Tomlin)

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