Rent Gumshoe (1971)

3.4 of 5 from 91 ratings
1h 21min
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Eddie Ginley (Albert Finney) is a comedian turned private eye who gets into hot water when he meets a fat man (George Silver) and a femme fatale (Janice Rule). Armed with only rapid-fire banter and a sharpened instinct, Ginley must save the dame from a drug smuggling ring before the joke's on him. Paying homage to Bogart, Chandler and Hammett, 'Gumshoe' puts a clever spin on the classic detective tale.
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Michael Medwin, Albert Finney
Neville Smith
British Films, Classics, Comedy, Drama, Thrillers
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81 minutes
English, French, Italian
Arabic, English Hard of Hearing, French, Greek, Italian
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Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
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86 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0, English LPCM Mono
English Hard of Hearing
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Widescreen 1.66:1
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  • Stephen Frears on 'Gumshoe' (2018, 18 mins): the acclaimed director discusses the film's production history
  • Neville Smith on 'Gumshoe' (2018, 16 mins): the celebrated writer and actor discusses his work on the film, for which he won a Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award
  • Producer Michael Medwin on 'Gumshoe' (2018, 2 mins): ashort interview with the actor and producer
  • Editor Charles Rees on 'Gumshoe' (2018, 25 mins): an insightful interview with the film's original editor
  • Production Designer Michael Seymour on 'Gumshoe' (2018, 3 mins): a brief recollection of the film's production
  • Actor Tom Kempinski on 'Gumshoe' (2018, 2 mins): the actor recalls the shooting of his scene with Finney
  • The Burning (1968, 32 mins): Frears' haunting debut short film, made for Albert Finney's production company, Memorial Enterprises
  • Original trailers
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • World premiere on Blu-ray

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Reviews (2) of Gumshoe

Very highly recommended - Gumshoe review by JR

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Demi-noir British crime flick. Showman-turned-private dick Eddie Ginley (Finney) on the trail of bungling underworld drugs and guns racketeers. Lean, taught, with quick silver dialogue, the whole woven together with a punchy, acerbic score by a young Andrew Lloyd Webber. Worth watching a couple of times to catch the full nuances of the plot and, of course, to see again the fabulous Billie Whitelaw. Very highly recommended.

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Museum piece that has its moments - Gumshoe review by TE

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'Gumshoe' was Stephen Frears's first director credit. In an interview amongst the disc's extras he is frank about the film's shortcomings. Most telling of all is the way that it falls between the two stools of comedy and thriller.

Eddie's would-be Chandleresque lines have not stood the test of time and come across as lame parody. After a while they become plain irritating! The humour is weak and it detracts from the rather complicated thriller plot.

Frears clearly learnt a lot from the experience of making 'Gumshoe' and many of his later films are classics (a personal favourite is 'The Grifters', which is a crime thriller that is everything 'Gumshoe' is not).

Despite all this, 'Gumshoe' is an interesting period piece, mainly due to its fine cast. Billie Whitelaw lights up the screen whenever she appears, and there are fun cameos by the likes of Fulton McKay, Maureen Lipman, Wendy Richards and the go-to man for Scouser parts, Billy Dean.

It's interesting to note that 'Gumshoe' came out in the same year as 'Get Carter', an altogether more timeless and effective British crime movie.

The routine use of racist language is also, thankfully, of its time.

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