March 6th, 1998


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A retired ex-cop and private detective (Newman) who lives with a rich actor (Hackman) who is dying from...

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 6.1/10 (5,488 voted)

Director: Robert Benton

Stars: Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman

A retired ex-cop and private detective (Newman) who lives with a rich actor (Hackman) who is dying from cancer and his actress wife (Sarandon) gets mixed up in murder when he is asked to deliver blackmail money. He walks into a 20 year old case involving the mysterious disappearance of the actress's former husband. James Garner appears as another ex-cop who also does occasional errands for the couple.

Writers: Robert Benton, Richard Russo

Paul Newman - Harry Ross
Susan Sarandon - Catherine Ames
Gene Hackman - Jack Ames
Reese Witherspoon - Mel Ames
Stockard Channing - Lt. Verna Hollander
James Garner - Raymond Hope
Giancarlo Esposito - Reuben Escobar
Liev Schreiber - Jeff Willis
Margo Martindale - Gloria Lamar
John Spencer - Capt. Phil Egan
M. Emmet Walsh - Lester Ivar
Peter Gregory - Verna's Partner
Rene Mujica - Mexican Bartender
Jason Clarke - Young Cop #1
Patrick Malone - Younger Cop (as Patrick Y. Malone)

Taglines: Some people can buy their way out of anything. Except the past.

Release Date: 6 March 1998

Filming Locations: Cedric Gibbons/Dolores Del Rio house, Santa Monica, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,866,411 (USA) (8 March 1998) (1351 Screens)

Gross: $15,030,732 (USA) (3 May 1998)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Theatrical trailer features snippets of scenes not used in the final film, ie. Harry and Capt. Egan having an argument at the police station.

Miscellaneous: After Catherine Ames leaves the pool and talks to Harry Ross you can see her hair is not wet, despite having been diving in the pool.

Harry: People like you, think you are entitled to all the things that you have?
Catherine: Do you think people like me care so much about things? Maybe people like you shouldn't get close to people like me!

User Review

A highly professional piece of work.


This movie didn't do well with the critics or at the box office but if you're in a nostalgic mood I'll think you'll enjoy it. The nostalgia is not just for the stars, Newman, Hackforth and Garner but for the whole private eye genre of the forties. All three stars show why they have been tops for so long. At 73 Newman can still make the action and the sex scenes creditable. It gives new hope to men of a certain age everywhere! It is a film that probably plays better on TV than in a movie house. The pace is leisurely but there is some nice sharp dialogue and atmospheric camera work. All this plus a moody score by Leonard Bernstein make for a highly professional entertainment. The more I think about it the more I like it.