Peeper (film)

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Directed by Peter Hyams
Produced by Robert Chartoff
Irwin Winkler
Written by W.D. Richter
Based on Deadfall
by Keith Laumer
Starring Michael Caine
Natalie Wood
Narrated by Guy Marks
Music by Richard Clements
Release date
  • January 1976 (1976-01)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,325,000[1]

Peeper is a 1976 comedy-mystery film directed by Peter Hyams that starred Michael Caine as Leslie C. Tucker, a bungling private investigator.[2] It was a send-up of the 1940s film noir genre, but it was released at the same approximate time as both the drama-mystery Chinatown and the Herbert Ross-directed Woody Allen comedy Play It Again, Sam, and as a direct result, Peeper was a box-office failure that jeopardized Hyams's career and almost prevented him from obtaining funding to produce Capricorn One.



Hyams said with the film he "managed to combine critical and commercial failure. And that made me colder than ice. Nobody wanted me."[3]


  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p257
  2. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  3. ^ Interview with Peter Hyams by Luke Ford accessed 27 July 2014

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