Gumshoe

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Released 1971

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Director:
Stephen Frears
Released:
1971
Rating:
R

Gumshoe (1971), directed by Stephen Frears, casts Albert Finney as Eddie, a nightclub bingo caller who daydreams about a much more exciting career as a Bogart-style private eye. On his birthday, he, as a joke, advertises his services as an investigator in the newspaper and is astounded when he is taken seriously by a South African mystery man, De Fries, who gives him three things - a photo of a beautiful student, Alison, a thousand pounds in cash - and a gun. A girl, a grand and a gat - and a case involving drugs, arms smuggling, and some very nasty strangers who seem to be involved with Eddie's own hated brother and Ellen, the woman he once loved and lost. How far will the opposition go to stop his sleuthing? When Eddie finds a corpse in his flat, he realises his little joke has become very serious. At once exciting, very moving and terrific fun, Gumshoe is one of the best British films of the 70s.

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Classics, Satire, Thrillers