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Writers:
David Zelag Goodman (screenplay)
Raymond Chandler (novel)
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Release Date:
8 August 1975 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
I need another drink ... I need a lot of life insurance ... I need a vacation ... and all I've got is a coat, a hat, and a gun !
Plot:
Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by paroled convict Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend Velma, former seedy nightclub dancer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
Hollywood Producer Kastner Dies
 (From WENN. 2 July 2010, 12:26 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Down and Out of About Everywhere See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Mitchum ... Philip Marlowe

Charlotte Rampling ... Helen Grayle

John Ireland ... Det. Lt. Nulty

Sylvia Miles ... Jessie Halstead Florian

Anthony Zerbe ... Laird Brunette

Harry Dean Stanton ... Det. Billy Rolfe

Jack O'Halloran ... Moose Malloy

Joe Spinell ... Nick

Sylvester Stallone ... Jonnie
Kate Murtagh ... Frances Amthor

John O'Leary ... Lindsay Marriott
Walter McGinn ... Tommy Ray
Burton Gilliam ... Cowboy
Jim Thompson ... Judge Baxter Wilson Grayle
Jimmy Archer ... Georgie (as Jimmie Archer)
Ted Gehring ... Roy
Logan Ramsey ... Commissioner
Margie Hall ... Woman
Jack Bernardi ... Louis Levine
Bennett Ohta ... Patron in Pool Hall (as Ben Ohta)

Jerry Fujikawa ... Fence
Richard Kennedy ... 1st Detective
John O'Neil ... 2nd Detective (as John O'Neill)

Mark Allen ... 3rd Detective
Andrew Harris ... Mulatto Child
Napoleon Whiting ... Hotel Clerk
John Eames ... Butler
Cheryl Smith ... Doris (as Rainbeaux Smith)
Stu Gilliam ... Man #1
Roosevelt Pratt ... Man #2
Dino Washington ... Bouncer
Harry Caesar ... Bartender
Bill Gentry ... Hood
Cory B. Shiozaki ... Waiter
Noelle North ... Girl
Wally K. Berns ... Father (as Wally Berns)
Lola Mason ... Mother

Joan Shawlee ... Woman in Ballroom

Eddra Gale ... Singer (as Edra Gale)
Karen Gaston ... Prostitute
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

William 'Billy' Benedict ... (uncredited)
Elliot Carpenter ... Ghetto Bar Piano Player (uncredited)
Olivia Enke ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Su Ling ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Susan Stewart ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Directed by
Dick Richards 
 
Writing credits
David Zelag Goodman (screenplay)

Raymond Chandler (novel)

Produced by
Jerry Bick .... executive producer
Jerry Bruckheimer .... producer
Elliott Kastner .... executive producer
George Pappas .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Shire 
 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
Walter Thompson 
 
Casting by
Louis DiGiaimo  (as Louis Di Giaimo)
 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
 
Art Direction by
Angelo P. Graham (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Nelson  (as Bob Nelson)
 
Makeup Department
Judith A. Cory .... hair dresser (as Judy Alexander)
Frank Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tim Zinnemann .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry J. Lange Jr. .... assistant director (as Henry Lange Jr.)
David Sosna .... assistant director (as David O. Sosna)
Tim Zinnemann .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Barry Bedig .... property master
Eugene Acker .... painter (uncredited)
Gene Anderson .... assistant props (uncredited)
Nick F. Caprarelli .... swing gang (uncredited)
Robert W. Dutton .... swing gang (uncredited)
Ron Greenwood .... props (uncredited)
Johnny Lattanzio .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
James F. Orendorff .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Thomas L. Roysden .... leadman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tom Overton .... sound mixer
Bill Phillips .... sound effects
Richard Portman .... re-recording mixer (as Dick Portman)
Dennis Jones .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
David S. Cass Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary R. Dodd .... key grip (as Gary Dodd)
Chuy Elizondo .... first assistant camera
Earl Gilbert .... gaffer
Chris Schwiebert .... camera operator
Joseph Cosko Jr. .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Bob Fillis .... electrician (uncredited)
Bud Heller .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Cecil Lupton .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Patrick Marshall .... electrician (uncredited)
Bernie Schwartz .... dolly grip (uncredited)
John R. Shannon .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandy Berke Jordan .... wardrobe: women (as Sandra Berke)
G. Tony Scarano .... wardrobe: men (as Tony Scarano)
Silvio Scarano .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ralph James Hall .... music editor
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone soloist
Chuck Domanico .... musician: acoustic bass (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Ronnie Lang .... musician: alto sax solos (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
David Shire .... conductor (uncredited)
David Shire .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music engineer (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ronnie Baker .... driver captain
John Brumby .... picture car (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Barry Bernardi .... production assistant
Exa Durham .... secretary to producer
Marc Epstein .... assistant to producer
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
John Franco .... script supervisor (as Johnny Franco)
Stanley Mark .... executive accountant
Barbara Persons .... auditor
Nanette Siegert .... production secretary
Rolly Harper .... caterer (uncredited)
Sydney Levine .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Jerry Pam .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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95 min
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Trivia:
Robert Mitchum was widely considered too old and too paunchy to play Philip Marlowe.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the boat captain, Marlowe, and Malloy are negotiating about the boat rental fee, the captain's cigarette suddenly disappears between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Philip Marlowe:[on being shaken by the lapels] Now wait a minute. I've been slapped, scratched, punched, knocked unconscious, drugged, and shot at, looking for your Velma, so quit trying to make a milkshake out of my insides, will you?See more »
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Referenced in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Down and Out of About Everywhere, 23 November 2008
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Stylish remake of the much-filmed Chandler classic. Was Mitchum too old for the role—that was the rap at the time. In hindsight, I don't think so, especially when he has that persuasive moment about aging near film's end. He certainly looks like he's climbed too many stairs and closed too many bars, but then that creates an unusual amount of pathos that deepens the role. Still and all, the passionate clinches with a sleek young Charlotte Rampling are borderline at best.

This is one of the few successful neo-noirs in my little book. Director Dick Richards and crew manage a funky look just right for the hard-boiled atmosphere of 40's detective fiction. Marlowe (Mitchum) drifts from one seedy venue to the next in his search for the mysterious Velma. But true to Chandler's slice-of-life LA, there's also a glimpse of the high- and-mighty in a Beverly Hills palace worthy of royalty. In fact, Marlowe resembles something of a pilgrim loner navigating greater LA in search of an elusive truth even after he's forgotten why.

Mitchum, of course, lowkeys all the way, hardly changing expression whether being roughed up by Moose Malloy or nuzzling up to Helen Grayle (Rampling). It has to be one of the more downbeat performances in private eye annals. But my Oscar goes to Sylvia Miles as the ultimate blowzy drunk (Florian). Her house is a mess, her hair is a mess, and her robe never quite fits in revealing ways Marlowe refuses to pick up on. Still and all, a fling with her looks more promising than an interlude with that plastic mannequin Marlowe does cozy up with. At the same time, Jack O'Halloran as the Moose comes across as the kind of pitiable dumb ox who would sacrifice everything for a faithless woman. In fact, the movie boils down oddly to something of a Samson and Delilah update.

But not everything is upside. The dialogue occasionally gets a little too cute, while the DiMaggio running thread seems forced at times. Nonetheless, it's a worthy version of the popular novel, and I'm just sorry that director Dick Richards hasn't been more active in the production end of the business. Judging from this film and the under-rated Culpepper Cattle Company, he certainly has the talent. And when an expressionless Marlowe comes to part with his money at movie's end, we finally glimpse that remote inner terrain and the heart of Chandler's heartless world.

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