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Summary: Harper is brought to Louisiana bayou country to investigate an attempted blackmail scheme. He soon finds out that it involves an old flame of his and her hellion of a daughter. What is more, he finds himself caught in a power struggle between the matriarch of the family and a greedy oil baron, who wants her property. Poor Harper! Things are not as straight-forward as they initially appeared.
Entertaining, witty (and bafflingly underrated) detective movie, with Newman in fine laconic form. Brisk, amusing direction and a wonderful, slimy, campy turn in support by Murray Hamilton, make this "the sort of movie they don't make anymore." Highly recommended for all but especially genre fans, or fans of later day Paul Newman. Love the sequence which reveals the meaning of the title as well. Great stuff.
coming nine years after it's predecessor it joins the scene a little late, but nevertheless it churns out a fairly enjoyable movie, mostly due to newman's...well, newman-ness, and some damned fine source material. if you had to choose watch harper over this one, otherwise this is pretty fair game for anyone.