Movie: Night Moves
Director: Arthur Penn
Critic rating: 3
You may have trouble recognizing then-18-year-old Melanie Griffith in this 1975 thriller, but it is her....pretty much all of her, in fact.
She plays a runaway teenager who has run off from a really nasty mother, an aging actress with a rotten attitude, to live with her stepfather. Momma inherits a ton as long as daughter stays with her, so she hires a loser private detective to bring daughter home. Things don't go as planned, as the P.I. gets way too personally involved.
This is a decent enough movie, although not terribly original. I also thought Gene Hackman as the detective seemed stiff and wooden. The main attraction to this movie was to see several soon-to-be-stars including Melanie and James Woods, another that you'll barely recognize. There are several other recognizable actors as well, so not withstanding some flaws, this is a worthwhile 70's film.