The Drowning Pool

The Drowning Pool

DVD - 2006
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Paul Newman returns as the quick-witted detective he first played nine years before in Harper, who's in deep this time. Hired by an old flame to unravel a seemingly routine blackmail case, he's so far down he may never come up for air.

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Jul 01, 2014

This second movie based on the same character is by far the best... it does have a dated 1970's look in certain scenes that you must endure but with patience you work through them and get to see Paul Newman's delivery of some very clever dialogue lines and depiction of some fast paced detective work.
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You will also see a very young Melanie Griffith.
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There is some action in the movie but what really sets these older movies apart from what you se now is the detective work... too many modern movies based on detective characters have more action adventure than they need to develop ambiance or plot.
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The original Harper is not as good despite having an amazing cast that inclided Vivian Leight, Lauren Baccall and Shelly Winters as well as Robert Wagner and of course Paul Newman in the title role... but despite those advantages this one is better.

lasertravis Oct 22, 2011

Slightly better more modern sequel to Harper. Twisting plot and better than average acting give this caper/thriller/detective story some teeth. Slow pacing and it's dated feel hurt it a bit.

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