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Paul Newman returns as private detective Lew Harper is this tale of blackmail and murder based on a novel by Ross MacDonald. Iris Devereaux (Joanne Woodward), the wife of a wealthy oilman from Louisiana, hires Harper after she receives a threatening letter. A blackmailer is threatening to tell Iris' husband James (Richard Derr) about a recent extramarital affair; she claims this indiscretion never happened, though she has been unfaithful in the past, and years ago had a brief fling with Harper. Matters become more complicated when Iris' mother-in-law Olivia (Coral Browne) is found murdered. Eventually, Harper traces the blackmail letter to Kilborne (Murray Hamilton), another bayou oil baron, and along the way encounters Schuyler (Melanie Griffith), Iris' young but ripe daughter; Pat Reavis (Andy Robinson), Olivia's former chauffeur and a key suspect in her murder; and Detective Broussard (Tony Franciosa), a police investigator who, like Harper, was once involved with Iris. This was Coral Browne's first film after her marriage to actor Vincent Price in 1974. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Paul Newman
as Harper
Joanne Woodward
as Iris Devereaux
Anthony Franciosa
as Det. Broussard
Murray Hamilton
as Kilbourne
Gail Strickland
as Mavis Kilbourne
Melanie Griffith
as Schuyler Devereaux
Richard Jaeckel
as Detective Franks
Paul Koslo
as Candy
Joe Canutt
as Glo
Andrew Robinson
as Pat Reavis
Coral Browne
as Olivia Devereaux
Richard Derr
as James Devereaux
Helena Kallianiotes
as Elaine Reavis
Leigh French
as Redhead
Peter Dassinger
as Peter
Cecil Elliott
as Motel Switchboard Operator


Stuart Rosenberg
Howard W. Koch
David Foster
Lawrence Turman
Ross MacDonald
Book Author
Walter Hill
Lorenzo Semple, Jr.
Gordon Willis
John C. Howard
Paul Sylbert
Production Designer
Edwin O'Donovan
Art Director
Donald Brooks
Costume Designer
Arthur Piantadosi
Sound/Sound Designer
Larry Jost
Sound/Sound Designer
Les Fresholtz
Sound/Sound Designer
Howard W. Koch
First Assistant Director