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Poodle Springs (1998)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  25 July 1998 (USA)
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An aging Phillip Marlowe gets mixed up with blackmail & murder among elite social set in 1963.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Parker-Marlowe
Larry Victor / Charles Nichols
Lt. Arnie Burns
Miriam 'Muffy' Blackstone-Nichols
Clayton Blackstone
Sam Vlahos ...
Eddie Garcia
Manny Lipshultz
David Byrd ...
P.J. Parker
Ivan, the Motel Manager
Billy Beck ...
Old Man in Jail
L.A. Captain


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 John Sacksteder <>

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Sex. Murder. Marlowe. This town has everything.


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25 July 1998 (USA)  »

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Crime no Nevada  »

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Director Bob Rafelson had previously directed such similar 'film noir' fare as Black Widow (1987) and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981). See more »


The movie is set in 1963. When James Caan is thrown in jail, early on in the movie, the other inmates are singing "The Times They Are a-Changin". He may have sung it on Oct 26th at Carnegie Hall but it wasn't issued until the album, of which it was title track, came out in January, 1964. See more »


References From Russia with Love (1963) See more »

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Pretty good resurrection of Marlowe, but not as good as the source novel
3 July 2000 | by (Jacksonville, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The screen play Stoppard wrote from the credited Chandler/Parker novel is not bad, if far fetched, but not as good as the source. As a tough guy P.I. flic, this borders on fantasy, what with the additions and changes Stoppard made. Why the name changes, by the way? Linda Potter becomes Laura Parker, and Angel's character is reversed. Palm Springs, aka Poodle Springs winds up on the Nevada border. About the only thing not changed is the killer, and you'll have to see the film to find that out. Well, Caan makes a good Marlowe, looking satisfactorily battle worn, and the rest of the cast won't disappoint you. Direction is fair, but the editing is as lousy as usual for these days. Overall, this is an enjoyable private eye tale, if you can forget the novel, but that hare-brained conspiracy to move...; but hey, I'm about to give away too much!

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