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The Big Sleep (1946) Poster

(1946)

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Philip Marlowe: She tried to sit in my lap while I was standing up.

Vivian: You go too far, Marlowe.

Marlowe: Those are harsh words to throw at a man, especially when he's walking out of your bedroom.

Philip Marlowe: My, my, my! Such a lot of guns around town and so few brains! You know, you're the second guy I've met today that seems to think a gat in the hand means the world by the tail.

Carmen Sternwood: You're not very tall are you?

Philip Marlowe: Well, I, uh, I try to be.

General Sternwood: Do you like orchids?

Philip Marlowe: Not particularly.

General Sternwood: Ugh. Nasty things. Their flesh is too much like the flesh of men, and their perfume has the rotten sweetness of corruption.

Vivian: Speaking of horses, I like to play them myself. But I like to see them workout a little first, see if they're front runners or comefrom behind, find out what their whole card is, what makes them run.

Marlowe: Find out mine?

Vivian: I think so.

Marlowe: Go ahead.

Vivian: I'd say you don't like to be rated. You like to get out in front, open up a little lead, take a little breather in the backstretch, and then come home free.

Marlowe: You don't like to be rated yourself.

Vivian: I haven't met anyone yet that can do it. Any suggestions?

Marlowe: Well, I can't tell till I've seen you over a distance of ground. You've got a touch of class, but I don't know how, how far you can go.

Vivian: A lot depends on who's in the saddle.

Vivian: You've forgotten one thing - me.

Philip Marlowe: What's wrong with you?

Vivian: Nothing you can't fix.

[last lines]

General Sternwood: How do you like your brandy, sir?

Philip Marlowe: In a glass.

Vivian: I don't like your manners.

Marlowe: And I'm not crazy about yours. I didn't ask to see you. I don't mind if you don't like my manners, I don't like them myself. They are pretty bad. I grieve over them on long winter evenings. I don't mind your ritzing me drinking your lunch out of a bottle. But don't waste your time trying to cross-examine me.

Carmen Sternwood: You're cute. I like you.

Philip Marlowe: Yeah, what you sees nothing, I got a Balinese dancing girl tattooed across my chest.

Eddie Mars: Convenient, the door being open when you didn't have a key, eh?

Philip Marlowe: Yeah, wasn't it. By the way, how'd you happen to have one?

Eddie Mars: Is that any of your business?

Philip Marlowe: I could make it my business.

Eddie Mars: I could make your business mine.

Philip Marlowe: Oh, you wouldn't like it. The pay's too small.

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Philip Marlowe: Oh, Eddie, you don't have anybody watching me, do you? Tailing me in a gray Plymouth coupe, maybe?

Eddie Mars: No, why should I?

Philip Marlowe: Well, I can't imagine, unless you're worried about where I am all the time.

Eddie Mars: I don't like you that well.

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Vivian: How did you find her?

Marlowe: I didn't find her.

Vivian: Well then how did you-...

Marlowe: I haven't been here, you haven't seen me, and she hasn't been out of the house all evening.

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Vivian: So you do get up, I was beginning to think you worked in bed like Marcel Proust.

Marlowe: Who's he?

Vivian: You wouldn't know him, a French writer.

Marlowe: Come into my boudoir.

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Marlowe: You know what he'll do when he comes back? Beat my teeth out, then kick me in the stomach for mumbling.

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[after a kiss]

Vivian: I liked that. I'd like more.

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Vivian: Why did you have to go on?

Marlowe: Too many people told me to stop.

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General Sternwood: You may smoke, too. I can still enjoy the smell of it. Hum, nice state of affairs when a man has to indulge his vices by proxy. You're looking, sir, at a very dull survival of a very gaudy life, crippled, paralyzed in both legs, barely I eat and my sleep is so near waking it's hardly worth a name. I seem to exist largely on heat like a new born spider.

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Vivian: So you're a private detective. I didn't know they existed, except in books, or else they were greasy little men snooping around hotel corridors. My, you're a mess, aren't you?

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General Sternwood: If I seem a bit sinister as a parent, Mr. Marlowe, it's because my hold on life is too slight to include any Victorian hypocrisy. I need hardly add that any man who has lived as I have and indulges for the first time in parenthood at my age deserves all he gets.

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Philip Marlowe: You made a mistake. Mrs. Rutledge didn't want to see me.

Norris: I'm sorry, sir. I make many mistakes.

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Philip Marlowe: Hmm.

General Sternwood: What does that mean?

Philip Marlowe: It means, hmm.

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General Sternwood: You knew him too?

Philip Marlowe: Yes, in the old days, when he used to run rum out of Mexico and I was on the other side. We used to swap shots between drinks, or drinks between shots, whichever you like.

General Sternwood: My respects to you, sir. Few men ever swapped more than one shot with Sean Regan.

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Philip Marlowe: I know he was a good man at whatever he did. No one was more pleased than I when I heard you had taken him on as your... whatever he was.

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General Sternwood: I assume they have all the usual vices, besides those they've invented for themselves.

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Philip Marlowe: Thanks for the drink, General.

General Sternwood: I enjoyed your drink as much as you did, sir.

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Norris: Are you attempting to tell me my duties, sir?

Philip Marlowe: No, just having fun trying to guess what they are.

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Vivian: Do you always think you can handle people like, uh, trained seals?

Philip Marlowe: Uh-huh. I usually get away with it too.

Vivian: How nice for you.

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[in a bookstore]

Philip Marlowe: You do sell books, hmm?

Agnes Lowzier: What do those look like, grapefruit?

Philip Marlowe: Well, from here they look like books.

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[making a prank phone call]

Philip Marlowe: What can I do for you? I can do what? Where? Oh, no, I wouldn't like that. Neither would my daughter.

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Philip Marlowe: I can do what? Where? Oh no, I wouldn't like that. Neither would my daughter.

[hangs up]

Philip Marlowe: I hope the sergeant never traces that call.

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Philip Marlowe: You wanna tell me now?

Vivian: Tell you what?

Philip Marlowe: What it is you're trying to find out. You know, it's a funny thing. You're trying to find out what your father hired me to find out, and I'm trying to find out why you want to find out.

Vivian: You could go on forever, couldn't you? Anyway it'll give us something to talk about next time we meet.

Philip Marlowe: Among other things.

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Taxi Driver: If you can use me again sometime, call this number.

Philip Marlowe: Day and night?

Taxi Driver: Uh, night's better. I work during the day.

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Eddie Mars: Your story didn't sound quite right.

Philip Marlowe: Oh, that's too bad. You got a better one?

Eddie Mars: Maybe I can find one.

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Philip Marlowe: Did I hurt you much, sugar?

Agnes Lowzier: You and every other man I've ever met.

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Philip Marlowe: How'd you happen to pick out this place?

Vivian: Maybe I wanted to hold your hand.

Philip Marlowe: Oh, that can be arranged.

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Philip Marlowe: You the guy that's been tailing me?

Harry Jones: Yeah, the name's Jones. Harry Jones. I want to see you.

Philip Marlowe: Swell. Did you want to see those guys jump me?

Harry Jones: I didn't care one way or the other.

Philip Marlowe: You could've yelled for help.

Harry Jones: If a guy's playing a hand, I let him play it. I'm no kibitzer.

Philip Marlowe: You got brains

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Agnes Lowzier: Is Harry there?

Philip Marlowe: Yeah, yeah, he's here.

Agnes Lowzier: Put him on, will you?

Philip Marlowe: He can't talk to you.

Agnes Lowzier: Why?

Philip Marlowe: Because he's dead.

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Agnes Lowzier: Well, so long, copper. Wish me luck. I got a raw deal.

Philip Marlowe: Hey, your kind always does.

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Lash Canino: What's the matter? Haven't you ever seen a gun before? What do you want me to do, count three like they do in the movies?

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Philip Marlowe: Let me do the talking, angel. I don't know yet what I'm going to tell them. It'll be pretty close to the truth.

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Carmen Sternwood: You're cute.

Philip Marlowe: I'm getting cuter every minute.

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Carmen Sternwood: Is he as cute as you are?

Philip Marlowe: Nobody is.

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Philip Marlowe: Somebody's always giving me guns.

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Vivian: So you're a private detective. I didn't know they existed, except in books, or else they were greasy little men snooping around hotel corridors. My, you're a mess, aren't you?

Philip Marlowe: I'm not very tall either. Next time I'll come on stilts wear a white tie and carry a tennis racket.

Vivian: I doubt if even that will help.

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Vivian: What will your first step be?

Philip Marlowe: The usual one.

Vivian: I didn't know there was a usual one.

Philip Marlowe: Well sure there is, it comes complete with diagrams on page 47 of how to be a detective in 10 easy lessons correspondent school textbook and uh, your father offered me a drink.

Vivian: You must've read another one on how to be a comedian.

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Philip Marlowe: I collect blondes and bottles too.

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Philip Marlowe: Get up angel, you look like a Pekingese.

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Philip Marlowe: [speaking into the phone] Hello, let me talk to Mr. Mars.

Eddie Mars: This is Mars.

Philip Marlowe: Oh, hello Eddie. This is Marlowe.

Eddie Mars: Marlowe?

Philip Marlowe: Yeah, Marlowe. Or, what's left of him.

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Philip Marlowe: [speaking into the phone] Bernie? This is Marlowe. I got some more red points for you.

Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls: Who is it this time?

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Philip Marlowe: How bout a cup of coffee, Bernie?

Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls: Uh Uhh. I can't afford to be seen with you.

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