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Chandler (1971)

GP  -  Drama | Crime  -  1 December 1971 (USA)
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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
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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
Richard Loo ...
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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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Katherine Creighton: What are you?
Chandler: I'm a relic.
Katherine Creighton: I can see that.
Chandler: I got tired. Thought I'd go up to San Quentin, and strap myself into an electric chair.
Katherine Creighton: Except at San Quentin, it's the gas chamber...
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Katherine Creighton: Nothing ever works out.
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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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