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The Drowning Pool is a 1975 American neo-noir thriller film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Anthony Franciosa. It based on Ross Macdonald's novel of the same name.


Edgy detective Lew Harper (Paul Newman) is hired by an old flame, Iris Devereaux (Joanne Woodward), who is being blackmailed about an affair she says never happened. He travels down to Louisiana to investigate, but things take a turn for the worse when her mother-in-law is killed.


  • Paul Newman as Lew Harper
  • Joanne Woodward as Iris Devereaux
  • Anthony Franciosa (credited as Tony Franciosa) as Chief Broussard
  • Murray Hamilton as J.J. Kilbourne
  • Gail Strickland as Mavis Kilbourne
  • Melanie Griffith as Schuyler Devereaux
  • Linda Haynes as Gretchen
  • Andre Trottier as Hydrotherapist
  • Richard Jaeckel as Lieutenant Franks
  • Paul Koslo as Candy
  • Joe Canutt as Glo
  • Andrew Robinson (credited as Andy Robinson) as Pat Reavis
  • Coral Browne as Olivia Devereaux
  • Helena Kallianiotes as Elaine Reavis