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Plot: 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… Runtime: 108 min Release Date: 18 Jul 1975
Intelligent and absorbing thriller (by daphne4242)
This is one of the best films Newman made in a very distinguished career. It's his second performance as Lew Harper and this time he is away from his usual California stamping grounds. There are some very fine performances including a knock-out appearance from a very young Melanie Griffith. Ross MacDonald was one of the most thoughtful detective writers, with great plots and strong characterisations. If I had to choose one performance to highlight it would be Tony Franciosa as a tough but decent police chief. But there are no bad performances at all. And in this story, as with many others <more>
MacDonald wrote, the motive driving the villainous Kilbourne brilliantly played by Murray Hamilton, is big enough to justify the story. But something even darker is at work as we discover. A great and underrated film.
The Drowning Pool is Paul Newman's second and last time as private detective Lew Harper. The plot takes him to the Louisiana bayou country where an old flame Joanne Woodward has hired him to trace and find out who's been sending her nasty notes about her sex life.The investigation quickly centers around recently fired chauffeur Andy Robinson, but before long Newman gets himself immersed in the local politics of the area with a slick oil millionaire Murray Hamilton , Woodward's nymphomaniac daughter Melanie Griffith , an obsessed police lieutenant Anthony Franciosa and various <more>
and sundry other bayou characters. Quite a few of the characters are killed off before the climax.The Drowning Pool goes somewhat astray in its development, but the ends are nicely tied together at the climax. The hit song made popular by Helen Reddy in the seventies, Killing Me Softly With His Song, comes from The Drowning Pool. It was a mega hit back in the day and to my amazement I discovered it wasn't even nominated for an Oscar.Of course my favorite here is Anthony Franciosa. He had an incredible ear for dialect and he really got the Cajun speech patterns down to perfection. But the real reason I love The Drowning Pool is the scene where Paul Newman and Gail Strickland are locked in a hydrotherapy room by Murray Hamilton. Strickland is Hamilton's wife. Why they are both there I won't say, but their escape from the room is one of the most spectacular ever put on film. You should see The Drowning Pool for that alone.
Paul Newman really put on a performance in "The Drowning Pool". I had no idea this movie was a sequel to another, but I don't really care at this point. There in the movie was a lesser known star Melanie Griffith who was starting out very well in the movie. Helping out your ex is always helpful, especially when it comes to being blackmail by someone very unscrupulous. I like the part when the detective and his ex were trapped and was about to be drowned by the perpetrators, they had to uses their own clothes to make a clog that would be hazardous, to make their escape. Hence, <more>
that's why it's called "The Drowning Pool". The intensity of the movie was not lost, and plot was good. If I only knew what the first movie was that this is a sequel to, otherwise, I just can say this, it's a great movie and it's great for the enthusiasts of Southern detective stories buffs. I liked it all the way. Rating 4 out of 5 stars
Private detective Lew Harper investigates a blackmail plot in Louisiana bayou country.He gets the assignment from his old flame Iris.The Drowning Pool 1975 is a sequel to Harper 1966 , which I haven't seen yet.This film is directed by Stuarts Rosenberg and it's based on Ross Macdonald's novel.Tracy Keenan Wynn wrote the script.Paul Newman is very cool as Lew Harper.Joanne Woodward, who was the wife of Newman for 50 years plays Iris Devereaux.The young Melanie Griffith is her daughter Schuyler.The climax scene is really something.Harper and Kilbourne's wife Mavis are locked <more>
in a hydrotherapy room and the water starts rising to the ceiling.That and other sticky situations you can find from The Drowning Pool.
A mature, intelligent thriller, in which Newman recreates Lew Harper. It takes place around New Orleans and involves public corruption and an intricate web of deceit.The style is fairly laid-back, though it doesn't actually lag - even though it sometimes seems it's about to. The characters are all sharply delineated and complex, and there is a lot of very good acting going on.Thoroughly watchable, with some tension and suspense, but only sporadic action.
Excellent mid-seventies noir (by robb_772)
Newman reprises his role as Lew Harper for the second and final time in the long-awaited sequel to 1966's HARPER, another twisting mystery; this time set in Louisiana. Unfortunately, THE DROWNING POOL was tepidly received by both critics and audiences, most of whom seemed to think the film paled in comparison to the original. I am one viewer who disagrees strongly with the general consensus in this case. Not only is THE DROWNING POOL a first-rate mystery thriller, but it is also one of the most sorely underrated films in Newman's filmography.The film has a completely different look <more>
and feel than the previous film, which may have been the reason that so many critics and audiences unfairly rejected it. Gone is the sixties-era go-go mania, which has been replaced with the moody elements of modern film noir which perfectly suits the intricate story of murder and blackmail. The film may not have the starpower of the previous film, but it nonetheless offers solid work from Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, and a particularly affecting turn from Linda Haynes. Best of all is the then-18 year old Melanie Griffith, who owns her role as the scheming bit of jail bait, unsubtly lusting after Newman's Harper.Yet nothing can even come close to upstaging Newman, who is as commanding here as anywhere else in his career. In many ways this is a transitional effort for Newman, paving the way from early brutish roles 1958's THE LONG HOT SUMMER, 1963's HUD to his latter day, more cerebral heroes 1982's THE VERDICT, 1994' NOBODY'S FOOL . Also, even at age 50, the man has rarely been sexier. To top things off, we also have one of the greatest, most original escape scenes in movie history - although I'm not giving it away; you'll have to check out this underrated thriller and see for yourself.
" That is one ride I don't ever want to try again " (by thinker1691)
In 1966 Ross MacDonald's private investigator Lew Harper Paul Newman was hired by a wealthy matron to find a missing husband. It is nearly ten years later and we find the Los Angelas detective traveling to Cajun country in the deep south. Upon arriving he is immediately welcomed by Lt. Franks of the local police Richard Jaeckel, superb performance by arresting him for child molestation, lewd exposure, sex with Schuyler Devereaux, Melanie Griffith an underage girl, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest. His influential employer, Iris Devereaux Joanne Woodward is an old <more>
flame from California, whom he had a love interest with six years ago. Now she wants him to discover who sent her a threatening Blackmailing letter. Her protector is the Chief of Police Anthony Franciosa who reminds Harper that he will be watching him for the slightest provocation against the family. There is no shortage of villains in this mystery story. Among them is Mr. Kilbourne Murray Hamilton a powerful millionaire intent on acquiring the oil rich land the Devereaux's own but won't sell. Pat Reavis Andrew Robinson the deject employee who seeks revenge for his dismissal and 'Candy' Paul Koslo who's as vicious as the dogs he trains for the arena. Harper plays it close to the vest as he quickly discovers his investigation begins to uncover more family secrets than a closet can hold. All of his efforts produce dead bodies, murder, mayhem, a lost account book and finally a drowning pool which threatens his very life. All in all, a superb movie for cast and characters and one which easily marks this film as a Classic. ****