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89 Ratings

The Late Show

Directed by Robert Benton
United States, 1977
Crime, Mystery, Comedy


A grumpy semi-retired private investigator partners with a quirky female client to catch the people who murdered his partner.

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The Late Show Directed by Robert Benton

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1977 | 2 wins including: Best Actress (Silver Berlin Bear)

Academy Awards

1978 | Nominee: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

National Board of Review

1977 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1978 | Nominee: Best Actress

Critics reviews

As director, Benton never gets excited by his own material, which makes it feel a bit Rockford Files — not a bad thing, if it were a piece of television. He milks outrageous suspense with a corpse in a Frigidaire, before blowing the pay-off in disappointing fashion… Still, I picked up a copy of Benton’s vampire-free TWILIGHT in Bo’ness a year or two ago, maybe I’ll finally watch it — this was enjoyable enough.
May 27, 2017
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