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The Big Sleep (1978)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Romance  |  10 May 1978 (France)
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Set in England, rather than California, the story follows Raymond Chandler's book fairly closely otherwise. Philip Marlowe is asked by the elderly (and near death) General Sternwood to investigate an attempt at blackmail on one of his daughters. He soon finds that the attempt is half hearted at best and seems to be more connected with the disappearance of the other daughter's husband, Rusty Regan. Rusty's wife, seems unconcerned with his disappearance, further complicating the mystery. Only General Sternwood seems concerned as mobsters and hired killers continue to appear in the path of the investigation. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Some days business is good - and some days it's murder! See more »


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10 May 1978 (France)  »

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Tote schlafen besser  »

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£3,000,000 (estimated)
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Oliver Reed told an interviewer he only accepted the minor supporting role of Eddie Mars in order to work with Robert Mitchum. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, when Marlowe and Eddie are in Geiger's house, Marlowe shoots Eddie twice and Eddie runs out. He is shot by his waiting thugs as he exits the house and bullets come through the door. When Marlowe goes to close the door, the bullet pattern the shots created has changed significantly. See more »

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Philip Marlowe: So many guns lately; so few brains.
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Won't Somebody Dance With Me
Music & Lyrics Lynsey de Paul
Sung by Diana Quick
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I have never read the book, or seen the Bogart version.
6 August 2001 | by (Galway, Ireland) – See all my reviews

I have never read the book, nor seen the Bogart version, so I came to this film with no preconceptions, and I found it well scripted, well acted all round, and most entertaining. Probably I will be disappointed by the Bogart version when I get to see it. Well worth watching.


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