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TWILIGHT (1998)

Director: Robert Benton

Written by: Robert Benton & Richard Russo

Music by: Elmer Bernstein

Starring: Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandon, James Garner, Stockard Channing, Reese Witherspoon

Executive Producer: Michael Hausman
Produced by: Arlene Donovan and Scott Rudin

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Genre: Mystery/crime

Available on DVD
96 minutes
Rating: R for violence and some sexuality

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

They don't make movies like this anymore...

Twilight is an old-fashioned movie, in the best sense of the phrase, "old-fashioned." It's a movie more about character than car chases and gun battles. That's probably why it wasn't a block-buster at the theaters back in the days of its theatrical release and why I'd never heard of it until a friend recently suggested I check it out.

It's a movie that you can settle in with on a cold rainy night, with a big bowl of popcorn, the lights turned down low and the telephone switched "off."

If Humphret Bogart were still making movies, he would have made this one.

Susan Sarandon and Gene Hackman play two fading Hollywood stars who share their luxurious home with Harry Ross (Paul Newman) an aging and retired private investigator. Harry does odd jobs for Jack and Catherine Ames (Hackman and Sarandon) and the latest one stirs up some old secrets that could ruin lives. Blackmail and murder combine for a mystery that is twenty years old.

Twilight is noir in the best tradition.

Some viewers, who prefer their mysteries with careening car chases, whizzing bullets, and pulsating background music may find it difficult to adjust to the pace of this movie. Fans of the 40's and 50's era mysteries will find an engrossing movie. I thoroughly enjoyed the intelligent dialogue, no matter that the basic story of blackmail and murder is a familiar one. It was worth watching the movie just to see Newman and Hackman in scenes together. Newman and Garner were also memorable in their scenes. I found this movie a refreshing change of pace from some of the current fare. I'm glad my friend recommended it to me. It has an honored place on my DVD shelf now.

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