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Gumshoe (1971)

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Running Time
1 hour, 28 minutes

Country UK

Studio Columbia Pictures, Memorial Enterprises

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• Gumshoe
• Auf leisen Sohlen (1971)

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Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama, Comedy, Detectives, Kidnapping, Murder, Spoof, Suspense, Satire, Femme Fatale

Tagline: the sleuth, the whole sleuth and nothing but the sleuth

Plot: GUMSHOE, the directorial debut of British director Stephen Frears, is an entertaining salute to Hollywood's classic private eye movies. Albert Finney stars as Eddie Ginley, a second-rate British vaudevillian who has always been a fan of detective books and films. He finally gets the chance to make his fantasies a reality when there's a murder and he plays "gumshoe" to find the killer, much to the chagrin of his level-headed brother (Frank Finlay) and sister-in-law (Billie Whitelaw). In the process, he gets mixed up with the members of a black South African liberation movement, a mysterious and sinister "fat man" (George Silver), patterned after character actor Sydney Greenstreet, and an attractive American married woman (Janice Rule). As Eddie comes closer to solving the mystery, the film offers numerous plot twists, along with a lot of laughs.

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 Directed by
Stephen Frears
High Fidelity, Dangerous Liaisons, Dirty Pretty Things
 Written by
Neville Smith
Wish You Were Here
Albert Finney
Traffic, Big Fish, Ocean's Twelve
Billie Whitelaw
Quills, The Omen, The Dark Crystal
Frank Finlay
The Pianist, The Three Musketeers, Lifeforce
Janice Rule
Missing, Bell Book and Candle, American Flyers
Carolyn Seymour
Congo, Mr. Mom, Zorro, the Gay Blade
Fulton Mackay
Local Hero, Water, Britannia Hospital
George Innes
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Italian Job, Quadrophenia
 Music By
Andrew Lloyd Webber
The Odessa File, Sunset Boulevard, The Phantom of the Opera

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