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The Long Goodbye (1973)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  7 March 1973 (USA)
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Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.

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In the middle of the night, private eye Philip Marlowe drives his friend Terry Lennox to the Mexican border. When Marlowe returns home police are waiting for him and learns that Terry's wife Sylvia has been killed. He's arrested as an accessory but released after a few days and is told the case is closed since Terry Lennox has seemingly committed suicide in Mexico. Marlowe is visited by mobster Marty Augustine who wants to know what happened to the $350,000 Lennox was supposed to deliver for him. Meanwhile, Marlowe is hired by Eileen Wade to find her husband Roger who has a habit of disappearing when he wants to dry out but she can't find him in any any of his usual haunts. He finds him at Dr. Veringer's clinic and brings him. It soon becomes obvious to Marlowe that Terry's death, the Wades and Augustine are all somehow interconnected. Figuring out just what those connections are however will be anything but easy. Written by garykmcd

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The directing job was offered to both Howard Hawks (who had directed Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep (1946)) and Peter Bogdanovich who both turned it down. Bogdanovich recommended Robert Altman who initially turned it down as well. It's been alleged that Altman did the picture when the producers were willing to cast pal Elliott Gould who had starred in Altman's earlier film MASH (1970). See more »

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When Marlowe buys a newspaper from a vending machine, the headline on the front page reads "Jet hijacked". Moments later, when reading the same paper in the car, the headline has switched to "Rain of jet parts". See more »

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Philip Marlowe: Excuse me, I don't see any Courry Brand cat food here.
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Philip Marlowe: Some Courry Brand cat...
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Philip Marlowe: You don't happen to have a cat by any chance?
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Philip Marlowe: Ha, ha. He's got a girl, I got a cat.
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The Long Goodbye
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Performed by The Dave Grusin Trio, Jack Sheldon, Clydie King, Jack Riley, Morgan Ames' Aluminum Band, The Tepoztlan Municipal Band
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A Great Masterpiece
30 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

When I first saw the film it was after I've read Chandler's book and I was disappointed, because it was not the same Marlowe and not the same story. Now, after seeing this film many times I can say without hesitation that this is a masterpiece an Altman is a master of his craft.I think, that if it was made according to the book, it would be long forgotten.

The film is all about masks, misleading and misinterpretation.These are the bases of P.I. s' movies, and as Marlowe says all over the film "That's alright with me", but when it gets to Marlow's inner circle and ruins its basic beliefs its not "alright" anymore.

The cynical mask Marlowe wore in the relatively "naive" 40', so he could cope with the harsh reality then, isnt enough for the "sober" 70',and he had to change it to an indifferent clown mask. He think he could get away with this mask, but the treacherous reality gets to him at last. Eliot Gould is terrific in this role

Unlike many reviewers, I think the real Chandler's Marlow without the masks is revealed in the finale scene with Terry.

Nina Van Planndat who played Eileen Wade was known as the misstress of a well-known hoaxer at the time, and that contributed to her enigmatic role.She plays the fragile beaten woman (The blond femme fatale). Sterling Hyden is great as full of rage and bad manners Roger Wade.These impressions are of course all masks, but Marlowe fails to interpret them right, until its too late. The only one who doesn't wear mask is augustine (Mark Rydel in a real horrific performance)and he is the key for solving the mystery.

Dont expect a Marlowe regular. this film reflects the mood of one of the worst eras in US recent history, and its dark soul is masked by colors and brilliant directing and performance.


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