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.

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Chandler
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Katherine Creighton
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Ross J. Carmady
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Charles 'Chuck' Kincaid
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John Melchior
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Bernie Oakman
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Leo
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Selma
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Sal Sachese (scenes deleted)
Walter Burke ...
Zeno
Marianne McAndrew ...
Angel Carter
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Smoke
Lal Baum ...
Waxwell
Charles Shull ...
Binder Ransin
John Mitchum ...
Rudy, Bartender
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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.

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Chandler is a private eye. It's a hard way to make a living... and an easy way to die.

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Quote: Chandler: (giving a message on the phone) "Tell him Chandler called. C-H-A-N-D-L-E-R, as in Raymond." See more »

Goofs

When Carmady shoots the man in the parking garage elevator, he falls over backward into the elevator. Next time we see him, he has fallen forward, face down, with half his body out of the elevator. See more »

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Ross J. Carmady: Zip your fly, Chuck. We've got business!
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Featured in Warren Oates: Across the Border (1993) See more »

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"C-H-A-N-D-L-E-R...Chandler, as in Raymond."
15 August 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Former private eye-turned-security guard ditches his latest droning job and is immediately offered a chance to return to his previous profession. His assignment: to tail a mysterious French woman newly arrived in California...and apparently wanted by suit-and-tie racketeers. Unsuccessful attempt to update the film noir genre, without enough sting or wit (or involving plot dynamics) in the screenplay. Director and co-scenarist Paul Magwood (who later claimed the picture was edited without his involvement) doesn't give off the impression of having high regard for the '40s films his "Chandler" was borne from; his nostalgia is appropriately rumpled, but also bitter-tinged and somewhat indifferent. The handling is curiously, commendably low-keyed, and Warren Oates is well-cast as this '70s variant on the 'private dick' archetype, but the movie doesn't have any snap. Nice to see Leslie Caron and Gloria Grahame in the cast--though neither has much to do, and Caron's hot-and-cold running character is exasperating throughout. Vivid cinematography by Alan Stensvold, nice location shooting, but it fails to come to any kind of a boil. *1/2 from ****


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