Review: Twilight (1998)

Updated June 26, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Director:Robert Benton
Writers:Robert Benton and Richard Russo
Director of Photography:Piotr Sobocinski
Editor:Carol Littleton
Music:Elmer Bernstein
Production Designer:David Gropman
Producers:Arlene Donovan and Scott Rudin
Paramount Pictures; R; 96 minutes
Cast:Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, Stockard Channing, Reese Witherspoon, Giancarlo Esposito and James Garner

After a four year hiatus from Hollywood, Paul Newman returns to the big screen as the retired, world-weary cop Harry Ross. An older, gentler Newman, together with Stockard Channing as the tough-but-tender ex-partner, gives Benton's nostalgic private eye flick a fitting sentimental touch. Harry Ross lives with wealthy Hollywood couple Jack (Gene Hackman) and Catherine (Susan Sarandon) Ames, who are indebted to him for tracking down their runaway daughter (Reese Witherspoon). Harry earns his keep as the family handyman and his chores include delivering hush money to Jack's mistresses. When one such errand turns up a freshly-shot cop and press clippings about the suicide of Catherine's first husband, Harry begins to wonder who is blackmailing Jack and why. But the unsolved murder is not as interesting as the love triangle between Harry, Catherine and Jack. More psychological than thriller, the real mystery turns out to be who Harry's true friends are.

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