Harper ★★★½

William Goldman adapts Ross Macdonald?! A writer's dream on paper that comes off a little too formulaic in execution... until its (open) ending, a hallmark of the source material and an early flash of the narrative ambiguity popularized by '70s cinema, right down to the final freeze-frame. The material is further elevated by Grade-A Hunk™ Paul Newman, steering well clear of Bogey's shadow without fully subverting the archetype a la Elliott Gould in The Long Goodbye. The fact that his character chooses to finish the job over a home-cooked breakfast with Janet Leigh tells me that I'd never hack it as a gumshoe.