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'The Late Show'

October 15, 1995|Kevin Thomas

Robert Benton's fine, funny and sad 1977 film noir stars Art Carney (pictured) and Lily Tomlin as an aging Hollywood private eye and a flaky L.A. woman. There's much shrewd but affectionate satire of the Hammett-Chandler archetypes, and the film, in its warmth, wit and unpretentiousness, lingers in the memory far more strongly than lots of the decade's supposedly more important pictures (KCOP early Saturday at 2:30 a.m.).

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