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Newman plays Ross MacDonald's private eye Lew Harper, a role he was to repeat for Stuart Rosenberg in 1975's The Drowning Pool. 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 casting of Bacall. Enjoyable performances throughout. Just the same, a very minor Big Sleep.

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Duration: 121 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jack Smight
Screenwriter: William Goldman
Cast: Paul Newman
Lauren Bacall
Julie Harris
Arthur Hill
Janet Leigh
Pamela Tiffin
Shelley Winters
Robert Wagner
Robert Webber
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