Harper

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Warner Brothers Released 1966

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Director:
Jack Smight
Released:
1966
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Paul Newman stars as private eye Lew Harper, hired by an unloving wife to investigate her husband's disappearance. Is this rich eccentric just off on another binge, is there another woman, or has he been kidnapped? Harper's investigations lead him to a bizarre religious cult, a shady underworld bar and a people-smuggling operation whose masterminds won't hesitate to kill.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Time Out

    William Goldman, in his first solo script credit, plays knowing games with the Chandlerish conventions, while director Smight pumps up the pace and tags along with the allusive cas...

  • 70

    Time

    By combining flamboyant suspense with a sunbaked slice of life and lots of good mean fun, Director Smight makes every clue a pleasure to follow.

  • 60

    Variety

    Some excellent directorial touches and solid thesping are evident in the colorful and plush production. Abundance of comedy and sometimes extraneous emphasis on cameo characters ma...

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    • The song Living Alone, which Julie Harris sings in the film (it's her own voice), was specially composed for the film by Andre and Dory Previn, although they contributed nothing else to the score.

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    • The character played by Paul Newman is not named "Harper" in the original 1949 novel. It was the first of several books by Ross Macdonald to feature the lonely, embittered private eye Lew Archer, and because the producers had purchased the film rights to this one book, they changed the name to avoid legal complexities, should anyone wish to film another of Macdonald's stories. In fact, Paul Newman eventually reprised the character in the 1975 film The Drowning Pool - and he was still called Harper.

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