Filmfest 2009

A Liverpudlian comedian and bingo-caller, Eddie Ginley (Albert Finney), fantasizes of becoming a private eye in the style of Raymond Chandler's gumshoe Philip Marlowe. Ginley’s level-headed brother William and ex-girlfriend Ellen try to talk him out of it but he inadvertently stumbles across a real-life murder mystery. Acting out his daydream, he advertises his services as a private investigator and in a little while he’s involved in a complex mystery. After receiving a package containing a photo of a young woman, a gun and a thousand pounds, Finney becomes immersed in an extraordinarily convoluted mystery from Liverpool to London involving drug smuggling, gun running and African politics. Stephen Frear's debut feature is part pastiche and part traditional thriller. Despite its parody approach, Gumshoe works surprisingly well and comes off as an affectionate tribute to The Maltese Falcon and the hardboiled noir films of yore. Produced by Finney's own company.

tags: Feature film

Cast: Albert Finney, Billie Whitelaw, Frank Finlay, Janice Rule, Carolyn Seymour


Director: Stephen Frears