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The Big Sleep (1978)

Grizzled American private detective in England investigates a complicated case of blackmail turned murder involving a rich but honest elderly general, his two loose socialite daughters, a pornographer and a gangster.

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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 halfhearted 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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7 April 1978 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Tote schlafen besser  »

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£3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Some movie posters for this film featured a long text preamble that read: "Meet Philip Marlowe. The toughest private eye whoever wore a trench coat, slapped a dame, and split his knuckles on a jawbone". See more »

Goofs

Karl Lundgren shot Joe Brody four times , then two shots at Philip Marlowe just outside of Joe Brodys flat and then continue to shoot while running away. Thats too many shot for a standard 6 shot revolver. See more »

Quotes

Philip Marlowe: So many guns lately; so few brains.
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Soundtracks

Won't Somebody Dance With Me
Music & Lyrics Lynsey de Paul
Sung by Diana Quick
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Not so golden slumbers
6 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A dream project with a dream cast and the result is a nightmare. Well, definitely not a pleasant dream. While Michael Winner was busy updating "The Big Sleep" why didn't he add a disco score to reflect the cultural environment of 1978? It would have made just as much sense as plopping a too well-tailored and inappropriately affluent Philip Marlowe down in modern day London. Chandler's novels were very much about the city of angels as much as they were about Marlowe and his code of honor. Winner either didn't know that or didn't care. What he gives us is a standard yet below par mystery film that has little connection with the character Robert Mitchum so memorably played three years earlier in "Farewell, My Lovely." Unlike Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye," wherein Marlowe was portrayed as an anachronism in contemporary society, Winner's updates reflect nothing but his ignorance of and/or boredom with the material.

But Richard Amsel's poster is great!


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