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The Drowning Pool (1975)

PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 18 July 1975 (USA)
A big-city private detective travels to the Deep South to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is 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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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 July 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La piscina mortal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The cost to construct the "drowning pool" hydro-therapy chamber set was $60,000. See more »

Goofs

During the scene when Mavis (Gail Strickland) and Harper (Paul Newman) are turning on the water to try to flood the hydrotherapy room, Mavis is first shown in close-up and there is no sign of the over-the-shoulder straps of her bra. But once the room is shown in a wide shot, and for the rest of the scenes in that room, she is wearing a bra with straps that should have been visible in the close-up. See more »

Quotes

J.H. Kilbourne: You remember what I told you Mr Harper, about my crab-like ways.
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Follows Harper (1966) See more »

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Killing Me Softly With His Song
By Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox
Scored and conducted by Charles Fox
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Underrated followup to Harper in a different key
18 November 2000 | by fs3See all my reviews

Where Harper was jazzy, amped up for its day and often dark humored in its intrigue and violence, this sequel has more of a laid-back and ultimately melancholy tone. The humor is still there, but the dysfunctional family theme that produced edgy laughs in the earlier film cuts deeper here.

Newman looks great and is as effortlessly effective as ever as he prowls Cajun Country, at the behest of onetime flame Joanne Woodward, in search of a blackmail source that quickly turns into much more. Filmed all over South Louisiana, including a mansion shot here in Baton Rouge, it gets the local flavor down pretty well.

Dismissed as draggy even in its day, and certainly so in the age raised on the newspaper ad quote "A Thrill Ride!!!", it's a thoughtful, well acted addition to the private eye genre, with Melanie Griffith coming out the gate full force as a troublesome nymphet (an interesting predatory flip-side to the victimized variation seen later the same year in the superb Night Moves.)

Hopefully a widescreen DVD will one day soon afford its excellent Panavision photography to be seen for the first time in 25 years.


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