A hardboiled aging private eye is hired to find and protect a missing government witness sought after by the gangsters. The witness is a beautiful French woman and even the cops can't be trusted. The case is tough, but so is Chandler.
Chandler is a private eye. It's a hard way to make a living... and an easy way to die.
Did You Know?
According to "Uprising at MGM," a Time Magazine article of Dec. 27, 1971, director Paul Magwood
and producer Michael Laughlin
placed a black-bordered ad in the Hollywood Reporter apologizing for the movie, claiming that MGM studio chief James T. Aubrey
had severely re-cut Chandler
(1971) and added previously deleted scenes, in Aubrey's judgment, to simplify the plot. Aubrey also allegedly changed the film score from 1940s-type music to something more contemporary. The producer and director also claimed that Magwood was denied entry to the editing room while Aubrey revised the film. See more
Taxi sign over the yellow car Chandler is waiting is waiting in, just before the chase scene; is probably supposed to look like the T tipped over. But, it's set to high for that to be true. See more
What are you?
I'm a relic.
I can see that.
I got tired. Thought I'd go up to San Quentin, and strap myself into an electric chair.
Except at San Quentin, it's the gas chamber...
Nothing ever works out.