• The Drowning Pool (1975)

The Drowning Pool

Release Date: 1975

PG |1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

A New Orleans oil heiress (Joanne Woodward) hires private eye Lew Harper (Paul Newman) to unravel a blackmail scheme.

Cast: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Murray Hamilton, Melanie Griffith, Richard Jaeckel, Gail Strickland, Linda Haynes

Director: Stuart Rosenberg

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers/Seven Arts

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Time Out

    What matters in this type of film is not so much the plot as the way in which an atmosphere is created. Unfortunately, Rosenberg directs flatly, hopping from one set piece to the next, disjointedly throwing characters of varying interest across Newman's path, while the latter - in his coarsest performance yet - remains content to wisecrack and ham outrageously. show more

  • 60
    Variety

    The Drowning Pool is stylish, improbable, entertaining, superficial, well cast, and totally synthetic. Stuart Rosenberg’s direction is functional and unexciting. show more

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A confusing and not very exciting private eye caper. show more

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