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Chandler (1971)

GP | | Crime, Drama | 1 December 1971 (USA)
A hardboiled aging private eye is hired to find and protect a missing government witness sought after by the gangsters. The witness is a beautiful French woman and even the cops can't be trusted. The case is tough, but so is Chandler.

Director:

Paul Magwood

Writers:

Paul Magwood (story), John Sacret Young
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Oates ... Chandler
Leslie Caron ... Katherine Creighton
Alex Dreier ... Ross J. Carmady
Mitchell Ryan ... Charles 'Chuck' Kincaid
Gordon Pinsent ... John Melchior
Charles McGraw ... Bernie Oakman
Richard Loo ... Leo
Gloria Grahame ... Selma
Royal Dano ... Sal Sachese (scenes deleted)
Walter Burke ... Zeno
Marianne McAndrew ... Angel Carter
Scatman Crothers ... Smoke
Lal Baum Lal Baum ... Waxwell
Charles Shull Charles Shull ... Binder Ransin
John Mitchum ... Rudy, Bartender
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Storyline

A hardboiled aging private eye is hired to find and protect a missing government witness sought after by the gangsters. The witness is a beautiful French woman and even the cops can't be trusted. The case is tough, but so is Chandler.

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Chandler is a private eye. It's a hard way to make a living... and an easy way to die.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Open Shadow See more »

Filming Locations:

Pebble Beach, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Chandler seems to be a homage to private eye author Raymond Chandler and his character Phillip Marlowe. Chandler' s stories took place in L.A. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the movie, Chandler and Katherine are running out of the nightclub thru the kitchen door. They bump into a chef (chef's hat) carrying a tray with one hand full of empty dishes. See more »

Quotes

Katherine Creighton: What are you?
Chandler: I'm a relic.
Katherine Creighton: I can see that.
Chandler: I got tired. Thought I'd go up to San Quentin, and strap myself into an electric chair.
Katherine Creighton: Except at San Quentin, it's the gas chamber...
[laughs]
Katherine Creighton: Nothing ever works out.
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Connections

Featured in Warren Oates: Across the Border (1993) See more »

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"C-H-A-N-D-L-E-R...Chandler, as in Raymond."
15 August 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Former private eye-turned-security guard ditches his latest droning job and is immediately offered a chance to return to his previous profession. His assignment: to tail a mysterious French woman newly arrived in California...and apparently wanted by suit-and-tie racketeers. Unsuccessful attempt to update the film noir genre, without enough sting or wit (or involving plot dynamics) in the screenplay. Director and co-scenarist Paul Magwood (who later claimed the picture was edited without his involvement) doesn't give off the impression of having high regard for the '40s films his "Chandler" was borne from; his nostalgia is appropriately rumpled, but also bitter-tinged and somewhat indifferent. The handling is curiously, commendably low-keyed, and Warren Oates is well-cast as this '70s variant on the 'private dick' archetype, but the movie doesn't have any snap. Nice to see Leslie Caron and Gloria Grahame in the cast--though neither has much to do, and Caron's hot-and-cold running character is exasperating throughout. Vivid cinematography by Alan Stensvold, nice location shooting, but it fails to come to any kind of a boil. *1/2 from ****


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