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Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by paroled convict Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend Velma, former seedy nightclub dancer.

Director:

Dick Richards

Writers:

David Zelag Goodman (screenplay), Raymond Chandler (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Philip Marlowe
Charlotte Rampling ... Helen Grayle
John Ireland ... Det. Lt. Nulty
Sylvia Miles ... Jessie Halstead Florian
Anthony Zerbe ... Laird Brunette
Harry Dean Stanton ... Det. Billy Rolfe
Jack O'Halloran ... Moose Malloy
Joe Spinell ... Nick
Sylvester Stallone ... Jonnie
Kate Murtagh ... Frances Amthor
John O'Leary John O'Leary ... Lindsay Marriott
Walter McGinn Walter McGinn ... Tommy Ray
Burton Gilliam ... Cowboy
Jim Thompson Jim Thompson ... Judge Baxter Wilson Grayle
Jimmy Archer Jimmy Archer ... Georgie (as Jimmie Archer)
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Storyline

This, the second adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel, is much closer to the source text than the original - Murder, My Sweet (1944), which tended to avoid some of the sleazier parts of the plot - but still concerns private eye Philip Marlowe's attempts to locate Velma, a former dancer at a seedy nightclub and the girlfriend of Moose Malloy, a petty criminal just out of prison. Marlowe finds that once he has taken the case, events conspire to put him in dangerous situations, and he is forced to follow a confusing trail of untruths and double-crosses before he is able to locate Velma. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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I need another drink ... I need a lot of life insurance ... I need a vacation ... and all I've got is a coat, a hat, and a gun !


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adiós, muñeca See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,360,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

EK, ITC Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Two of the characters had alliterated names: Moose Malloy and Velma Valento. See more »

Goofs

The story is told in July 1041, but the hooker is reading a Whiz Comics dated Oct. 31 (and is a real replica of the 1941 issue). See more »

Quotes

Frances Amthor: I think you're a very stupid person. You look stupid, you're in a stupid business, and you're on a stupid case.
Philip Marlowe: I get it. I'm stupid.
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Connections

Referenced in Inferno: The Making of 'The Expendables' (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Heard That Song Before
Words and Music by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn
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Robert Mitchum at his hard boiled best.
27 September 1999 | by smiley-39See all my reviews

This re-make of Raymond Chandler's work has the edge on the 1944 film. Robert Mitchum's face fits the film perfectly. His ageing hard boiled-looking features look like a relief map of the Rocky Mountains! In this movie Mitchum was as good he has ever been. He got better as he got older. What I also liked was the haunting but soulful musical score, at the beginning and at the end.

In the closing scene an atmosphere of rising crisis that seems to hang in the air; created by the soulful musical score. Marlow with the case all wrapped up and himself at a loose end; in the amusement centre playing the machines, picks up a discarded newspaper with "Tokyo" in bold print as the front page headline. Was this the late hours of the 6th of December in Los Angeles? A sailor and his girl, and a soldier in the background makes it seem so. Both the sailor and the soldier, and the whole of America blissfully unaware, that a Japanese armada has shaped a easterly course

across the North Pacific. That scene coupled with the soulful musical score is like a forlorn-sounding and doom-laden overture to what is about to happen with surprising and devastating suddenness on the following but quiet Sunday morning in Hawaii. It is not surprising that one of the songs is titled, "Sunday".


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