PLEASE NOTE: Night Moves will screen at 9:15pm; it was originally scheduled for 8:45pm.
Penn’s second conspiratorial thriller set against the world of show biz (after Mickey One) stars Gene Hackman as an ex-football star turned private eye, whose dogged investigation of a possible murder leads him to a boat called the Point of View and the belated realization that some mysteries are best left unsolved. It joins Chinatown (1974), The Long Goodbye (1973) and The Conversation (1974) as one of the decade’s great bottomed-out neo-noirs — those Watergate-era detective fictions in which unraveling the mystery is hardly worth the bother, for corruption is everywhere and nobody is immune.
“Night Moves is one of the best psychological thrillers in a long time...It has an ending that comes not only as a complete surprise—which would be easy enough—but that also pulls everything together in a new way, one we hadn’t thought of before, one that’s almost unbearably poignant. The movie is the work of a master.”—Roger Ebert