Harper

Harper

DVD - 2006
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Hard-boiled private investigator Lew Harper is hired to locate a missing millionaire.

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voisjoe1_0
Jul 13, 2018

"Harper," made decades after the classic film noir "The Big Sleep" is somewhat reminiscent of the earlier film, but it lacks the heft of the earlier film. Both start out with a wealthy person hiring a detective to look for a missing person, both have actress Lauren Bacall as one of the leads, but Newman is much lighter than the Bogart. Both films have a seemingly endless "string" of characters from beginning to end, but for some reason the fact that I could not remember how the "Sleep" characters relate to one another bothered me less than in "Harper." The high points in "Harper" occur when Newman looks away with his goofy face when he lets the audience know he slyly has played one more of the somewhat unaware characters.

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Bang_On
Apr 06, 2018

Let me tell ya - If 1966's "Harper" was supposed to be a prime example of Hollywood "neo-noir" - IMO - It sure fell flat on its smug, little face.

Old "blue eyes" himself, Paul Newman plays irksome, apathetic, L.A. gumshoe, Lewis Harper, who has about as much charm and charisma as does a slimy slug.

Regardless of this film's "big star" cast - Its "Find-A-Missing-Millionaire" story got so complicated and convoluted that it had me repeatedly rolling my eyes to the ceiling and groaning out in total exasperation, over, and over again.... (Sheesh! Give me a break, already!)

(I won't even get into the tiresome bickering that Harper and his estranged wife regularly got into.... Ho-hum!)

Anyway - If you're like me - You're gonna absolutely hate the note that this film's story ends on, big-time. You really are.

NWPL Feb 09, 2017

Classic detective mystery with Paul Newman as Harper!

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lukasevansherman
Jul 10, 2016

Part of Paul Newman's "H" series, which includes "Hud," "The Hustler," "Hombre," and "The Hudsucker Proxy." In fact, Newman had the main character's name changed from Lew Archer to Lew Harper. Based on a Ross Macdonald novel, this mid-60s crime film represents an awkward transition from the hardboiled films of the 40s & 50s ("The Big Sleep," "Kiss me Deadly") to the cynical and ironic neo-noirs of the 70s ("Chinatown," "The Long Goodbye"). Slackly directed and way too long, "Harper" is mostly worthwhile for the fine cast, which features Lauren Bacall (perhaps a homage to the crime films she did with Bogart), Robert Wagner, Shelly Winters, Julie Harris, and Janet Leigh. It's one of the first screenplays for William Goldman, who would go on to write "All the President's Men," "Butch Cassidy," and "The Princess Bride." Followed by a sequel, "The Drowning Pool."

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binational
Oct 28, 2012

Never mind the 2006 date on the DVD. The film is from 1966, and unlike some classics, this one has definitely aged. As a time capsule of what seemed cool, sexy, and funny in the mid-1960s, fine. But almost half a century later, it now falls very flat indeed.

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mortalkombat
Sep 22, 2011

Amazing performance by Paul Newman....

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