Night Moves (film)

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Night Moves is a 1975 neo-noir film about a private detective who gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as an aging Hollywood actress wants him to find and return her stepdaughter. He travels to Florida to find her, but begins to see a connection with the runaway girl, the world of Hollywood stuntmen, and a suspicious mechanic when an unsolved murder comes to light.

Directed by Arthur Penn. Written by Alan Sharp.
Maybe he would find the girl... maybe he would find himself. taglines

Harry Moseby[edit]

  • Listen Delly, I know it doesn't make much sense when you're sixteen. Don't worry. When you get to be forty, it isn't any better.
  • You told me fairy tales... About Malone... Billy Danreuther... The President getting shot... Your erect nipples!


  • When we all get liberated like Delly, there'll be fighting in the streets.


  • Joey Ziegler: He'd fuck a woodpile on the chance there was a snake in it.
  • Joey Ziegler: Well, the world is getting smaller, the kids are getting younger and I'm getting drunk!
  • Marv Ellman: There's nothing like having a mother and a daughter. Gives you sort of a kind of perspective.


Ellen Moseby: [of a football game] Who's winning?
Harry Moseby: Nobody. One side is just losing slower than the other.

Paula: Oh, that's a beauty.
Harry: Yeah, but he didn't see it. He played something else and he lost. He must have regretted it every day of his life. I know I would have. As a matter of fact I do regret it, and I wasn't even born yet.
Paula: That's no excuse.

Harry: What happened to your face?
Quentin: I won second prize in a fight.

Arlene Iverson: Are you the kind of detective who, once you get on a case nothing can get you off it? Bribes, beatings, the allure of a woman...
Harry: That was true in the old days. Before we had a union.

Paula: How do you resist Delly?
Harry: Oh, I just think good, clean thoughts, like Thanksgiving, George Washington's teeth.

Paula: Where were you when Kennedy got shot?
Harry: Which Kennedy?
Paula: Any Kennedy.
Harry: When the president got shot, I was on my way to San Diego. Football game. When Bobby got shot, I was sitting in a car waiting for a guy to come out of a house with his girlfriend. Working on a divorce case. One of those times I wish I was in another business.

Nick: Where do you know Arlene from?
Joey Ziegler: From way back.
Nick: Oh, yeah? What's your name again? Ziegler? Joey Ziegler?
Joey Ziegler: Joey Ziegler.
Nick: I don't think you were one of the names.
Joey Ziegler: What names?
Nick: One of those she cheated on Grastner with. I got them all.
Joey Ziegler: I'm one of a small, select group. We hold meetings in a telephone booth.


  • Maybe he would find the girl... maybe he would find himself.
  • What private eye Harry Moseby doesn't know about the girl he's looking for... just might get him killed.


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