Harper (1966)

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Lew Harper, a cool private investigator, is hired by a wealthy California matron to locate her kidnapped husband.

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  • Paul Newman and Janet Leigh in Harper (1966)
  • Paul Newman in "Harper." 1966 Warner
  • Paul Newman in "Harper." 1966 Warner
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6 January 2009 | Nazi_Fighter_David
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| Newman acclaimed as the new Bogart…
The film opens with Harper (Newman), unshaven and gradually awakening from a hangover… He puts his head under a faucet, attempts to make coffee but finds none left, and dispiritedly takes yesterday's grounds from the garbage and makes a perfect1y terrible cup of coffee… At once we get Harper's image as an antihero detective without any illusions…

As he is commissioned by Lauren Bacall to trace her wealthy husband who has been kidnapped, the details are filled in: he's tough, ironic, cool, unpleasant and repugnant… Although occasionally given to a moment of sensitivity or remorse, he's most1y sadistic and exploitative…

Harper is a loner, with an air of detachment and an ability to dispatch opponents with a fist and a flippant remark… He swings into action only mechanically… He chews gum constantly, looks around in an uninteresting manner, makes little disapproving gestures, laughs in total disregards, and smiles mischievously…

Harper's dealings with women are based exclusively on coldness, deception and sexual exploitation… He is estranged from his wife and would like to renew his marriage…

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