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What a cast! Paul Newman, James Garner, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, Stockard Channing, Reese Witherspoon (back before she was a big star and was hungry enough to do a nude scene), Liev Schreiber, John Spencer. And written and directed by Robert Benton, who did The Late Show, Places in the Heart, Kramer vs. Kramer, and Nobody’s Fool. Maybe my expectations were too high, but in the end, this is really just a failed Chinatown, a routine noir PI story. I’m not saying it’s bad, but you do expect more from this crew. The crime was fairly easy to solve, and the world-weary stuff wore pretty thin. On the plus side, there are some terrific Los Angeles locations, including two fabulous houses.