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
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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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1 December 1971 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The Western Exterminator company's offices where Chandler goes to find Angel Carter are still there just off the 101 freeway, and they are still in business as of 2016. 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 »

Quotes

Katherine Creighton: There's a dead man in my room.
Chandler: Sure, okay.
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Featured in Warren Oates: Across the Border (1993) See more »

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" If you can forgive my abruptness, I can forgive your lack of Interest "
27 October 2009 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In the many films I have seen Warren Oates, I have come to a definite conclusion, here is one talented individual. I first saw Mr. Oates back in the 1960's television series called Stoney Burke. From then on, I followed his career closely and felt he was destined for great roles. That happened in 1974, when Sam Peckinpah gave him top billing in a film called 'Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia.' Of course, his biggest claim to fame was his magnificent role in 'The Wild Bunch'. I have always thought he was quite able to bring any character a certain magic, that is until I saw him in this flop. The movie is called " Chandler ", a tribute to the iron fisted detectives of the 1950's created by Raymond Chandler. Because, the synopsis said it was about a hard nose Private Eye, I was immediately interested. However, I sat patiently through the entire film and found it to be a dull, dis-interesting, slow pace, twisted, confusing saga which if it had a theme or plot must have been left on some dark back room self. Collectively and with some of Hollywood's best supporting stars, such as Alex Dreier, Mitch Ryan, Gordon Pinsent, Charles McGraw, Richard Loo and Scatman Crothers, this movie had enough power to reach Mach five, however, it fizzled on the launchpad and went no where. As a result, one of my favorite actor's got stuck in a poorly made vehicle which never got off the ground. **


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