Set in 1963, an aging Philip Marlowe (James Caan) is supposedly giving up his wild times to get married to a younger socialite (Dina Meyer). However, as might be expected crime follows Marlowe as he is soon mixed up in blackmail and murders as a sleazy photographer (David Keith) threatens to expose photos of a former stripper (La Joy Farr) who is now running with a billionaire. As things progress, he soon realizes that his new wife's father (Joe Don Baker) is also involved. Written by
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Sex. Murder. Marlowe. This town has everything.
Did You Know?
's interpretation and characterization of Raymond Chandler
's Phillip Marlowe detective character was a much older and world-weary one, just as Robert Mitchum
's had also been in The Big Sleep
(1978) and Farewell, My Lovely
(1975). These were all markedly different than the earlier cinematic incarnations of the Marlowe private eye where the character was younger and more energetic. See more
When James Caan is first seen lighting his cigarette, he uses a pack of safety matches, which has its striker on the back of the matches. These were not introduced until c. 1970. In 1963, he would have used matches where the striker is on the front of the matchbook. See more
I'll see you tonight.
Look, Mrs. Marlowe, I'm just a lug. There are things I can do, like shoot, I can keep my word, I can tail a guy who's walking backwards, I can open a door into a dark room where there's trouble waiting... and so, I do them. I find work that fits what I do. I get a hundred dollars a day. I can't be bought or pushed. Not even for love.
[pauses, then, softly
References The Thin Man
The Times They Are A-Changin'
Written by Bob Dylan See more