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
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 »
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 »
Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and a nubile Melanie Griffith
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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