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Leigh Brackett (screenplay)
Raymond Chandler (novel)
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Release Date:
31 May 1973 (Argentina) See more »
Nothing says goodbye like a bullet. See more »
Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elliott Gould ... Philip Marlowe
Nina van Pallandt ... Eileen Wade

Sterling Hayden ... Roger Wade

Mark Rydell ... Marty Augustine

Henry Gibson ... Dr. Verringer

David Arkin ... Harry
Jim Bouton ... Terry Lennox

Warren Berlinger ... Morgan
Jo Ann Brody ... Jo Ann Eggenweiler

Stephen Coit ... Detective Farmer (as Steve Coit)

Jack Knight ... Mabel
Pepe Callahan ... Pepe
Vincent Palmieri ... Vince (as Vince Palmieri)
Pancho Córdova ... Doctor (as Pancho Cordoba)
Enrique Lucero ... Jefe

Rutanya Alda ... Rutanya Sweet
Tammy Shaw ... Dancer

Jack Riley ... Riley
Ken Sansom ... Colony Guard
Jerry Jones ... Detective Green
John Davies ... Det. Dayton
Rodney Moss ... Supermarket Clerk
Sybil Scotford ... Real Estate Lady
Herb Kerns ... Herbie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Carradine ... Dave aka Socrates (uncredited)
Danny Goldman ... Bartender (uncredited)

Carl Gottlieb ... Wade Party Guest (uncredited)
Tracy Harris ... Detective (uncredited)
Ned Humphreys ... Store Clerk (uncredited)
Leslie McRay ... Lucille (uncredited)
Kate Murtagh ... Nurse (uncredited)

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Hood in Augustine's Office (uncredited)

Leslie Simms ... Olive (uncredited)

George Wyner ... Cop at Beach (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Altman 
Writing credits
Leigh Brackett (screenplay)

Raymond Chandler (novel "The Long Goodbye")

Produced by
Jerry Bick .... producer
Robert Eggenweiler .... associate producer
Elliott Kastner .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Williams 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Lou Lombardo 
Costume Design by
Kent James (costumes: men) (uncredited)
Marjorie Wahl (costumes: women) (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Bill Miller .... makeup artist
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Rudolph .... second assistant director
Tommy Thompson .... assistant director
Art Department
Sidney H. Greenwood .... property master (as Sydney Greenwood)
Sound Department
John Speak .... sound engineer (as John V. Speak)
Dick Vorisek .... dubbing mixer (as Richard J. Vorisek)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Adams .... key grip (as Ken Adams)
Randy Glass .... electrical gaffer
Joseph M. Wilcots .... camera operator (as Joe Wilcots)
Earl L. Clark .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry Rez .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Scott Conrad .... assistant film editor
Tony Lombardo .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Jack Sheldon .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Other crew
Adell Aldrich .... script supervisor (as Adele Bravos)
Jean D'Oncieu .... production assistant
Regina Gruss .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Dan Blocker .... with special remembrance for
Crew verified as complete

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112 min
Color (Technicolor)
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The Spanish phrase on Phillip Marlowe's pet door said "El Porto del Gato" which translates as "The Door of the Cat".See more »
Continuity: At the beginning of the film, Philip Marlowe opens the refrigerator to get food for his cat. There are two rows of eggs on the fridge's door, with one egg missing on the lower row. After a cut away scene, Philip reaches for some eggs, but now there are several eggs missing on the lower row.See more »
Philip Marlowe:Listen Harry, in case you lose me in traffic, this is the address where I'm going. You look great.
Harry:Thank you.
Philip Marlowe:I'd straighten your tie a little bit. Harry, I'm proud to have you following me.
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82 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
Pivotal Seventies Masterpiece, 18 September 2002
Author: Gordy- from Aberdeen, Scotland

Altman was on a roll by 1973 when he chose to film Leigh Brackett's screenplay of Raymond Chandler's "The Long Goodbye", which is considered his last great novel. But Altman decided to transmogrify the novel's serious hard-nosed private eye, Philip Marlowe into a bumbling "Rip Van Winkle" type character who has figuratively been asleep for the last two decades and has missed all the psychedelia of the Sixties and the dark cloud descended in the Seventies. And who better to play such a role, than the great Elliot Gould? Even though the novel's tone and time period have been changed, the highly-complex plot remains, and due attention must be paid.

One of the film's greatest strengths, is the cinematography by the great Hungarian DP, Vilmos Zsigmond. He has worked with Altman on "McCabe & Mrs Miller" (1971) and "Images" (1972) and on the former, he used a technique known as "flashing", this was an unpredictable method for eliminating contrast from the negative to give a pastel look to the show and to bring out subtle shadows in the nighttime scenes by exposing the already-exposed negative to more light in the lab during processing. But on "McCabe", it was used in moderation, but on "The Long Goodbye", he, Altman and Skip Nicholson at Technicolor all worked together to more or less use varying degrees of flashing for the WHOLE picture! It was a big risk, but it paid off - the movie has a look all of it's own. The camera constantly keeps moving in this film and gives a the viewer a great sense of voyeurism and keeps you studying the frame for details. This film is a visual marvel, in my opinion.

Altman excelled himself here, he took risks and put all he could into the film, and I think that "The Long Goodbye" can now be seen as a pivotal Seventies masterpiece - though those words may be hard to swallow for some people.

Thanks for reading.

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