A fictionalized former President Richard M. Nixon offers a solitary, stream-of-consciousness reflection on his life and political career - and the "true" reasons for the Watergate scandal and his resignation.
Los Angeles private investigator Harry Moseby is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter. Moseby tracks the daughter down, only to stumble upon something much more intriguing and sinister.
A rich but lonely woman, Frances Austen, one day invites a homeless young man from a nearby park to her apartment and offers to let him live there. However, she has no intention of ever letting him leave again.
In the middle of the night, private eye Philip Marlowe drives his friend Terry Lennox to the Mexican border. When Marlowe returns home police are waiting for him and learns that Terry's wife Sylvia has been killed. He's arrested as an accessory but released after a few days and is told the case is closed since Terry Lennox has seemingly committed suicide in Mexico. Marlowe is visited by mobster Marty Augustine who wants to know what happened to the $350,000 Lennox was supposed to deliver for him. Meanwhile, Marlowe is hired by Eileen Wade to find her husband Roger who has a habit of disappearing when he wants to dry out but she can't find him in any any of his usual haunts. He finds him at Dr. Veringer's clinic and brings him. It soon becomes obvious to Marlowe that Terry's death, the Wades and Augustine are all somehow interconnected. Figuring out just what those connections are however will be anything but easy.Written by
Originally released in Los Angeles with a poster campaign more appropriate to James Bond movies, or the Flint spoof series, the film made little impact in the City of Angels. A different advertising campaign was designed for its New York release, where it was a considerable success. See more »
When Marlowe buys a newspaper from a vending machine, the headline on the front page reads "Jet hijacked". Moments later, when reading the same paper in the car, the headline has switched to "Rain of jet parts".
In fact, these are two separate newspapers; Marlowe picks the second up in the car. See more »
That's right, stinks. It makes "Heaven's Gate" smell like roses. I hold Raymond Chandler in high esteem as an author, and "The Long Goodbye" is arguably his masterpiece --a heartbreaking tale of loss and loneliness. Altman's smirking revisionism was not appreciated by me. Unctuous, weaselly Eliott Gould as Marlowe? Give me a break! If Altman and company wanted to do a seventies take on noir crime sagas, they should have created an original character, as Towne did in "Chinatown." To play fast and loose with the source material, especially such esteemed literary source material, is inexcusable. Leigh Brackett should have known better and been ashamed of herself. Instead she and Altman chose to mock and sully an artistic achievement the likes of which they could only aspire to in their best work. Chandler deserved better.
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