The car they are in is forced off the road by masked gunmen, who shoot Revis dead and shoot at but miss Harper. Harper navigates these unfamiliar waters with his usual sarcastic aplomb, except for the bittersweet moments he shares with Iris, which are freighted with regret for what might have been. It's a sly visual joke when the film's most brilliantly lit location is the defunct asylum where Harper is tortured and almost drowned. While searching for the chauffeur Harper is abducted again, this time by hoods working for a mysterious woman. Discover the latest Discussions, Reviews, Quotes, Theories, Explanations and Analysis of The Drowning Pool 1975 below. If his performance is not outstanding, it is a shade more convincing than the characterizations of the other principals, who emerge as odd types and not as fully fleshed, persuasive individuals.
There's some minor gunfire, but the track's most creative sound effects accompany the flooding of the asylum chamber from which Harper has to improvise his escape in the finale, with effective alternation among rushing water, the sloshing surface and muffled reverberations when Harper has to maneuver underwater. Kilbourne Mavis Kilbourne Gretchen Lieutenant Franks Schuyler Devereaux Candy Pat Reavis Chief Broussard The Drowning Pool is a 1975 mystery that is a loose sequel to. It also features vintage New Orleans locations, stylish cinematography by the late Gordon Willis and the piquant casting of married couple Newman and Joanne Woodward as remorseful adulterers. Even before his investigation begins, Harper is approached in his motel room by a teenaged girl. But The Drowning Pool has held up over time, and today it's arguably a better viewing experience than the original Harper. When Harper later confronts Kilbourne with the information, the oil magnate admits to having hired Revis, but insists it was only to spy on Olivia Devereaux, not to kill her.
She is working behind her husband's back trying find an account book containing information of his illicit business dealings, which he is desperate to recover and would kill her over if he knew she had a hand in its disappearance. By September 1974 Tracy Keenan Wynn was writing the screenplay. While searching for the chauffeur Harper is abducted again, this time by hoods working for a mysterious woman. Newman's Harper survives beatings, traps and a variety of enticing offers with quips, charm and inherent decency projected in underplayed, workmanlike style. He correctly deduces that Revis came into possession of the missing account book and must have given it to a trusted girlfriend for safekeeping.
Despite the ever-growing body count in what started as a simple case of blackmail, and despite Iris's pleading with him to give up on the case and go home, Harper continues investigating. Broussard accepts Harper's explanation, but tells him he will be following what Harper does as he has a personal interest in the Devereaux family. If his performance is not outstanding, it is a shade more convincing than the characterizations of the other principals, who emerge as odd types and not as fully fleshed, persuasive individuals. So much attention is given to making the movie look good visually that the story gets mislaid. Meanwhile Michelle begins to fall in love with him. He eventually finds himself caught in a power struggle between the matriarch of the family and a greedy oil baron, who wants their property.
When Harper tells Kilbourne he knows about the missing account book, Kilbourne offers him a fortune for it, but Harper just walks away. The following weapons were used in the film Drowning Pool, The:. He sends her away, later he discovers that the teenager is Iris Devereaux's daughter, Schuyler. She is working behind her husband's back trying find an account book containing information of his illicit business dealings, which he is desperate to recover and would kill her over if he knew she had a hand in its disappearance. Willis's radical experiments nearly got him fired from the first Godfather, when studio executives viewing the dailies complained that they couldn't see Marlon Brando's eyes. By September 1974 Tracy Keenan Wynn was writing the screenplay. Macdonald's story, as always, connects the current crisis to events from a couple of decades ago.
Paul Newman agreed to star, which meant the film was co produced by First Artists at Warner Bros. She believes the family's ex-chauffeur is the person who is blackmailing her with the knowledge that she has cheated on her husband. And at least one local cop, Franks Richard Jaeckel , is no more than a thug for hire, though his boss, Lt. Still, the Blu-ray can't be faulted for faithfully reproducing the filmmakers' bad choices. Newman's Harper survives beatings, traps and a variety of enticing offers with quips, charm and inherent decency projected in underplayed, workmanlike style. Film Comment; New York Vol. Realizing further that Lieutenant Franks must have been involved in the killing of Revis, Harper ambushes Franks in his own home and forces him to admit he does jobs for J.
Julian begins to suspect he's being framed. He sends her away, later he discovers that the teenager is Iris Devereaux's daughter, Schuyler. Now, Iris is being blackmailed by someone who has learned of the affair and is threatening to tell her husband. The direction is sharper, the pacing more energetic, and the screen chemistry between Newman and Woodward adds spice to the mix. Paul Newman agreed to star, which meant the film was co produced by First Artists at Warner Bros.
It leads to the climactic scene of the film's title, with J. The Devereaux clan is ruled with an iron fist by Iris' mother-in-law, Olivia Coral Browne , whose son and Iris' husband James Richard Derr is barely in the picture, although he and Iris did manage to produce a rebellious daughter named Schuyler Melanie Griffith, who had just played a similar teen temptress in. . One of his clients is murdered and Detective Sunday begins pumping him for details on his different clients, something he is reluctant to do considering the nature of his work. On Harper's return he learns that the dead body of Olivia Devereaux has just been found and the police's prime suspect is the ex-chauffeur. How could an old-fashioned detective yarn, even one with a bankable star, hope to compete in the summer that saw the invention of the modern blockbuster? There's the worried wife who hires Harper in the first place and spends her afternoons and evenings in a haze of booze, pills and insecurity.
Broussard Tony Franciosa , seems somewhat more honorable, if not necessarily devoted to truth, justice and the American way. All of this is good, straightforward thriller material, and could have made a decent B movie. Harper tracks down the chauffeur, Pat Reavis. Then again, maybe they can't. The movie's title comes from a neat escape trick that Harper dreams up after he and the wife are trapped in the gigantic shower room of a disused asylum.
New York Times 1923-Current file ; New York, N. The Devereaux family's recently fired chauffeur, Reavis Andrew Robinson , is clearly up to no good, in more ways than one. Director: Writers: , , Starring: , , , , , Producers: , , » The Drowning Pool Blu-ray Review The Times They Were A-Changing Reviewed by , March 17, 2018 When Paul Newman returned to the screen as private investigator Lew Harper after a nine-year hiatus, absence had not made the audience's heart grow fonder. Things are not as straight-forward as they initially appeared. Spoiler alert: Just about everyone is bad, there's a murder shortly after Harper arrives, and it isn't the last body to fall before the case is fully unraveled. Kilbourne's wife, Mavis Gail Strickland , is looking to recover a notebook containing.