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The Big Sleep
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall




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Chandler's first novel introduced private detective Philip Marlowe, and THE BIG SLEEP set the standard for private detective movies. Down-at-the-heels private eye Marlowe gets the assignment to clean up after the daughters of a dying millionaire, but dead people have a nasty habit of trailing in their wake. The famously tortuous story line (Hawks supposedly asked Chandler to clarify a plot point about the murder of the family chauffeur; the novelist hadn't a clue as to who did the deed) seems beside the point when Bogart and Bacall are onscreen. The final release was recut to include more of their scenes together. A must! Remade in 1978.

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Overview

Chandler's first novel introduced private detective Philip Marlowe, and THE BIG SLEEP set the standard for private detective movies. Down-at-the-heels private eye Marlowe gets the assignment to clean up after the daughters of a dying millionaire, but dead people have a nasty habit of trailing in their wake. The famously tortuous story line (Hawks supposedly asked Chandler to clarify a plot point about the murder of the family chauffeur; the novelist hadn't a clue as to who did the deed) seems beside the point when Bogart and Bacall are onscreen. The final release was recut to include more of their scenes together. A must! Remade in 1978.

Main Cast & Crew

Howard Hawks - Director
Humphrey Bogart
Lauren Bacall
Martha Vickers
John Ridgely
Louis Jean Heydt
Elisha Cook Jr.
Regis Toomey
Sonia Darren
Bob Steele
Tom Rafferty

 

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Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Run Time: 114
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 888574379421
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: November 1999

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Movies > Dramas

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Detectives
Classic
Mystery
Romance
Thriller
Betrayal
Film Noir
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Synopsis:
Private investigator Philip Marlowe is thrust into a world of drugs, sex, blackmail, and murder when he agrees to protect a rich man's reckless, uncontrollable daughter.

Notes:
THE BIG SLEEP was shot in 1944 but was not released until 1946. Slightly different cuts of the film exist. THE BIG SLEEP was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997. In March 2000, Warner Home Video released the 1945 cut of the film, never shown in theatres, on home video. It's a longer version by about 20 minutes, containing some additional plot exposition and a more "sanitized" version of the "racetrack" dialogue between Bogey and Bacall. The 1946 theatrical cut (labeled here as the "Theatrical Release" is unquestionably superior, but the film has aquired such a mystique that the earlier cut provides a fascinating look at a masterpiece in progress. THE BIG SLEEP was Raymond Chandler's first novel. Director Howard Hawks reportedly wired Raymond Chandler during filming in order to clear up some confusion about whether a particular character's death was the result of suicide or murder; the author was apparently unable to give him an answer. This incident may have been the source of THE BIG SLEEP's long-standing reputation for having a plot so incomprehensible that neither Hawks nor novelist Chandler was completely sure who committed some of the murders. Director Michael Winner filmed a second, more faithful adaptation of the novel in 1978, as a follow-up to "FAREWELL MY LOVELY. It starred Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Candy Clark, Oliver Reed, Richard Boone, James Stewart, Joan Collins, Edward Fox, and John Mills.

Reviews:
"...The chemistry between Bogart and Bacall is so blatant it's no surprise to learn they were married the same year. A joy..." -- 5 out of 5 stars - 03/01/2000 Total Film, p.84


"...It is one of the great film noirs, a black-and-white symphony..." - 06/22/1997 Chicago Sun-Times, p.4


"...Watch Bogart and Lauren Bacall settle into their second flick together -- madly in love..." - 01/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.28

 

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