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 Posted:   Mar 15, 2010 - 4:24 AM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)

I am currently reading a book by german director Dominik Graf, in which he tells about his favorite movies, and which movies influenced him. A great book! I was very surprised to see, that Graf mentioned Michael Small's score very passionately. I am a huge Michael Small fan, and still hope for a "Marathon Man" release.

Has anyone heard "Night Moves"?

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2010 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   rollon1959   (Member)

Not a bad psychological suspense film starring Gene Hackman, who plays a down at heel LA detective, trying to track down a very young Melanie Griffith to the Florida Keys. There were indeed some nicely understated cues in the film, composed by Michael Small. There was also a song called ' Night Moves ' performed by Michael Franks, but I can't recall if this was actually ever heard in the film.

Must admit, I'm surprised to see any mention of this film here, as it seems a little obscure, and I often thought I was one of only a few people who ever really noticed the music from this film. I would certainly be interested in seeing the score released at some point, and would like it to include the song mentioned above. Michael Small is just one of those composers whose film score releases are far too few.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2010 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   nitzschemorricone   (Member)

NIGHT MOVES and its sublime score by Michael Small have been discussed here before. From what I recall from previous discussions, the master tapes are lost making a standalone score nothing more than a fantasy, unfortunately. Lukas has checked in on past threads to confirm that FSM has pursued this with no luck.

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=51408&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2010 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   cushinglee   (Member)

Wow, that's disappointing. One of my favorite themes for many years. I doubt even a re-recoriding could capture the period quality of the piece.

 
 Posted:   Jan 1, 2011 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I just finished watching this hidden gem of a movie. What little there is of Small's music in the film is effective, as it's a jazzy, vibes-led piece that's already stuck in my head. More a character study than anything, as most will figure out who's who well before the end. Fine performances by all involved, with a finale that's gripping and as per the era, downbeat. But then that was the first half of the '70s, before everything got all twinkly and escapist in the decade's second half. The first half of the '70s comes off as one big hangover, and the pop culture shows it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 1, 2011 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

I just finished watching this hidden gem of a movie. What little there is of Small's music in the film is effective, as it's a jazzy, vibes-led piece that's already stuck in my head. More a character study than anything, as most will figure out who's who well before the end. Fine performances by all involved, with a finale that's gripping and as per the era, downbeat. But then that was the first half of the '70s, before everything got all twinkly and escapist in the decade's second half. The first half of the '70s comes off as one big hangover, and the pop culture shows it.


Not all films became "twinkly and escapist" in the late 70's, not even well into
the 80's (LAST EMBRACE; DRESSED TO KILL; BODY HEAT; BLOW OUT; ANGEL HEART;
WITNESS). Mostly all "thrillers", horror films and films noir have downbeat endings.
Personally I love films with unhappy or grim endings, even though I also like
the escapist- fantasy fare.

Den

 
 Posted:   Jan 1, 2011 - 2:30 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Here's a nice blog piece on NIGHT MOVES...

Contains Spoilers:

http://panicon4july.blogspot.com/2010/04/winner-lose-all-gene-hackman-in-night.html

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2011 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The scene when Hackman's in the knock-down, drag-out fight is priceless, especially when he's being hit repeatedly in the forehead with that giant conch shell and it makes a ringing sound with each impact.

Priceless.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2011 - 11:04 AM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

"Who's winning?"

"Neither. One team's just losing slower than the other."

LOVE this film. Although it's been a few years and I don't remember there being much score to speak of. I'll have to give it another watch and pay more attention.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2011 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

My DVD just arrived today, so I'll be "getting to know" this excellent film even more now. This is the kind of quality movie that has those great lines that stay with you long after you've first seen it.

As for NIGHT MOVES, I think this line sums up those who love it:

"I'm one of a small select group. We hold meetings in a telephone booth."

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2011 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   Silence Is Golden   (Member)

I found this film in a flea market of all places and quickly snapped it up for 3 bucks and it was definitely a terrific buy and also a terrific film. I enjoyed the score as well and it's a shame the tapes are missing, perhaps they'll show up one day. After all, The Great Escape was found along with Hawaii so why not this one.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2011 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

My DVD just arrived today, so I'll be "getting to know" this excellent film even more now. This is the kind of quality movie that has those great lines that stay with you long after you've first seen it.

As for NIGHT MOVES, I think this line sums up those who love it:

"I'm one of a small select group. We hold meetings in a telephone booth."


Great line think I have been there a number of times

Remember liking the film years ago would like to watch it again,don't remember the score or much about it other than liking it at the time.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2011 - 3:03 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'm not so sure if it's the lines themselves that are great or if Gene Hackman just has the gift of delivering them in his inimitable fashion. Probably both.

BTW, Michael Small's snazzy and jazzy theme and that great dialogue all appear in the film's trailer. IMO it reveals a bit much but take a look anyway:

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2011 - 3:16 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Wow love that slinky mellow of beat vibe or whatever that was I like it very much,managed to listen without watching and listening if you know what I mean.big grin

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2011 - 7:52 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Hackman had himself an impressive year in 1975:

Night Moves
French Connection II
Bite the Bullet

...and of course, Lucky Lady. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2011 - 1:41 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

My DVD just arrived today, so I'll be "getting to know" this excellent film even more now. This is the kind of quality movie that has those great lines that stay with you long after you've first seen it.

As for NIGHT MOVES, I think this line sums up those who love it:

"I'm one of a small select group. We hold meetings in a telephone booth."


I've been meaning to pick this up. The DVD can be picked up brand new on eBay or Amazon dirt-cheap.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2011 - 5:44 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

I like Small's score very much, it's still one of my holy grails. Would love to have that on CD!

 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2011 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I've been meaning to pick this up. The DVD can be picked up brand new on eBay or Amazon dirt-cheap.

Amazon's where I got mine, for a mere $5.98 (along with HARPER for the same price). Being a catalog title, NIGHT MOVES comes only with the previously-posted trailer and a brief feature on director Arthur Penn.

Next time I watch the film, I'll listen carefully for any and all music. The main theme plays over the opening credits and is reprised a few times after that. If there's more than fifteen minutes of music, including source, that's a lot.

 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2011 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

But fifteen minutes of early to mid 70s quality scoring by a master. They don't write it like this anymore! smile
Too bad the recording is lost. This will never see a rerecording.

 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2011 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

But fifteen minutes of early to mid 70s quality scoring by a master. They don't write it like this anymore! smile
Too bad the recording is lost. This will never see a rerecording.


Oh, I'm not complaining! smile Small proved that less is more with his great score for THE PARALLAX VIEW, which clocks in at a mere 24 minutes.

I wonder where all the Michael Small fans are? Probably giving their cherished copies of THE CHINA SYNDROME yet another spin! big grin

 
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