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The Drowning Pool (1975)

PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 18 July 1975 (USA)
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Harper's a big-city PI, who travels to Louisiana to help an old girlfriend who's worried her husband will find out she's been cheating on him.

Director:

Stuart Rosenberg

Writers:

Tracy Keenan Wynn (screenplay), Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Lew Harper
Joanne Woodward ... Iris Devereaux
Anthony Franciosa ... Broussard (as Tony Franciosa)
Murray Hamilton ... J.J. Kilbourne
Gail Strickland ... Mavis Kilbourne
Melanie Griffith ... Schuyler Devreaux
Linda Haynes ... Gretchen
Richard Jaeckel ... Franks
Paul Koslo ... Candy
Joe Canutt ... Glo
Andrew Robinson ... Pat Reavis (as Andy Robinson)
Coral Browne ... Olivia Devereaux
Richard Derr ... James Devereaux
Helena Kallianiotes ... Elaine Reavis
Leigh French ... Red Head
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Storyline

Harper is brought to Louisiana bayou country to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him. What is more, he finds himself caught in a power struggle between the matriarch of the family and a greedy oil baron, who wants her property. Poor Harper! Things are not as straight-forward as they initially appeared. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Just a guy trying to keep his head above water. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Lew Harper (Paul Newman)'s fee was $150 per day plus expenses which had increased by $50 from his fee in the first film Harper (1966). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Harper struggles with Ford's then-new seat belt-ignition interlock safety system. He tried a few work-arounds, but then magically knows how to disable it by pulling wires underneath the driver's seat. Of course, this wasn't the real fix for this issue, as it actually involved a simple rewiring of a relay under the hood for most cars. Pulling wires as he did could have disabled the car completely. See more »

Quotes

Lew Harper: Personally I think you help up rather well.
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Connections

Featured in Harper Days Are Here Again (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Killing Me Softly With His Song
By Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox
Scored and conducted by Charles Fox
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Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and a nubile Melanie Griffith
21 June 2000 | by hawktwoSee all my reviews

Ross MacDonald's novels generally translate well to movie. This one certainly does, although I've never seen a Ross MacDonald movie that successfully captures the atmosphere that MacDonald creates in his novels. Paul Newman is the detective Lew Archer (I seem to remember that his name was changed to Harper for the movie to keep a string of "H" movies going: Hud, Hombre, and Harper). The movie moves along with a complex plot that is not difficult to track and understand. Melanie Griffith is perfection in the role of the 14-year old seductress. >


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 July 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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