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Director:
Writers:
David Zelag Goodman (screenplay)
Raymond Chandler (novel)
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Release Date:
8 August 1975 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
This, the second adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel, is much closer to the source text than the original - Murder, My Sweet (1944)... See more » | 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)

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A Truly Gorgeous, Vivid, Stylish Color Noir...Don't Prejudge it on 1940s Noir Terms! See more (65 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 .... sound 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:
Cameo: [Jim Thompson]The pulp crime fiction writer as Judge Baxter Wilson Grayle. This role was Thompson's first, final and only ever screen performance.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:
Billy Rolfe:You're not a detective, Marlowe, you're a slot machine. You'll do anything for six bits.See more »
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Featured in Morning Patrol (1987)See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A Truly Gorgeous, Vivid, Stylish Color Noir...Don't Prejudge it on 1940s Noir Terms!, 17 July 2009
Author: secondtake from United States

Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

A Truly Gorgeous, Vivid, Stylish Color Noir...Don't Prejudge it on 1940s Noir Terms!

This is a gorgeous surprise, a retreat forward, a 1940s drama not done in painful nostalgic pastel hues and soft edges, but in bold bright 1975 color and pitch dark shadow. You have to say the obvious and get it over with: yes, this is a modern "film noir." But it isn't a mere homage, nor a remake, nor a cheap imitation. Director Dick Richards, who has no other well known film to his credit, pulls a gem out of nowhere on this one. Just be sure to watch it for what it is, a dramatic period crime film, not for what you think it ought to be, a slavish remake of a classic noir. And he has the help of the perfect cinematographer for the subject, John A. Alonzo, who did both Chinatown (the year before) and eight years later, Scarface, both post-noir landmark crime films.

Of course, this version of Farewell, My Lovely is, strictly speaking, a remake, which is to say, it's the third movie based on Raymond Chandler's 1940 novel of the same name. And inevitably we are going to compare to the other great version, Dmytryk's 1944 true, early film noir (called Murder, My Sweet). I say other great version, because both are really fine films, and different enough to avoid copycatting. Farewell, My Lovely is actually the more original of the two, an irony after 31 years of influences. And in some ways it's better, mainly because it has Robert Mitchum very much in top form. He makes those beautifully concise and witty one liners seem real and fitting, as if people really did once talk like that. I wish they still did.

There are countless bit parts that pump up the stylishness of the movie, most memorably Sylvia Miles playing a hard-drinking has-been. And she and Mitchum have great chemistry, not as lovers, but as people from opposite sides of life who have a similar perspective on things, and they chat and resonate like old friends. (Compare this to the rougher, less involving scene in Murder, My Sweet.) Velma herself is none other than Charlotte Rampling, probably a hair miscast because Rampling has some kind of severity that the noirish femme fatales don't, as a stereotype, share. And this movie deals with stereotypes.

Mitchum above all. It's fascinating to see a movie that is meant to be fitting into a form well known enough to be able to both refer to (in style and plot) and to deviate from (so we can feel it's original intent). And to have Mitchum, with his decades of great, strong, roles, anchor it all makes for a sweet, almost poignant experience. A similar feeling might be had in the remake of Cape Fear, but for my money, this is the more interesting movie, whatever the limitations of the plot, and the big thug. Go ahead, compare the Dmytryk version to this Richards one. If you haven't seen either one, watch the more recent one first to give it a full chance. You might go away surprised.

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