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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)

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)

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


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

Gross: $15,030,732
(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.


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.


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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.