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The Long Goodbye (1973)

Private investigator Philip Marlowe helps a friend out of a jam then gets implicated in his wife's murder.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Leigh Brackett (screenplay), Raymond Chandler (novel)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Philip Marlowe
Nina van Pallandt ... Eileen Wade
Sterling Hayden ... Roger Wade
Mark Rydell ... Marty Augustine
Henry Gibson ... Dr. Verringer
David Arkin ... Harry
Jim Bouton ... Terry Lennox
Warren Berlinger ... Morgan
Jo Ann Brody Jo Ann Brody ... Jo Ann Eggenweiler
Stephen Coit ... Detective Farmer (as Steve Coit)
Jack Knight ... Mabel
Pepe Callahan Pepe Callahan ... Pepe
Vincent Palmieri Vincent Palmieri ... Vince (as Vince Palmieri)
Pancho Córdova ... Doctor (as Pancho Cordoba)
Enrique Lucero ... Jefe
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Storyline

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 garykmcd

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Nothing says goodbye like a bullet. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Long Goodbye See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,619
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Bouton has said he met Elliott Gould at an antiwar rally in New York and would join him in pickup basketball games. A week after Gould left for California to shoot, Bouton said he was awakened by a telephone call at three in the morning, which "scares the crap out of you." Gould was on the phone with Altman and said that Stacy Keach, who was cast to play Terry Lennox, was sick and couldn't do it. Bouton said it felt "like the Yankees reaching up in the stands to some guy and saying, 'We're putting you at third base today.'" See more »

Goofs

Boom mic and operator are reflected off a black car in Malibu Court. See more »

Quotes

Roger Wade aka Billy Joe Smith: Do you ever think about suicide, Marlboro?
Philip Marlowe: Me, I don't believe in it.
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Connections

References A Star Is Born (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Hooray for Hollywood
(uncredited)
from Hollywood Hotel (1937)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Johnnie Davis
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What a nice life I am woken up by the cat!
27 June 2019 | by Aoi_kdrSee all my reviews

A protagnist was a laid-back detective, Marlowe. He was usually smoking and lived with a cat. Even only these factors fascinated me! If I would be reborn, I wish I would be a cool detective! Or rather, I wish I would be the cat he had!

The story got tripped up by mysterious characters, Marlowe's friend who got involved in trouble, a client seemed to know information by chance and his runaway cat. He was a nihilist, but was also kind as much as he talked to even dogs and cats.

I totally liked the laid back atmosphere of the movie, and the music, too. Just it was shame that the ending had never gotten clear. But the fact remains it was very cool and had nice atmosphere as much as I could forgive.


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