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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 !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adiós, muñeca See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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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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Trivia

This film spent several days shooting on location at the Harold Lloyd estate. When Mitchum goes to meet Rampling at her place, the two are actually relaxing in Harold Lloyd's opulent office/den. The estate was used in a number of films during that period, including Shampoo with Warren Beatty, the Schwarzenegger vehicle Commando and an episode of the TV series Columbo. See more »

Goofs

When the boat captain, Marlowe, and Malloy are negotiating about the boat rental fee, the captain's cigarette suddenly disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Philip Marlowe: This car sticks out like spats at an Iowa picnic.
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Connections

Referenced in A Simple Story (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Heard That Song Before
Words and Music by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn
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They don't make films like that anymore.
18 March 2004 | by GalinaSee all my reviews

L.A. of June 1941 as it was depicted in the Raymond Chandler's novel of the same title is filled with the dark secrets of the past that better stay uncovered. Philip Marlow, PE (Robert Mitcum) takes a job to find a vanished girlfriend of the felon Moose Malloy, and he has no idea what will follow. As Marlow searches for Velma Galento, he has to deal with a beautiful but cold and calculating seductress (Charlotte Rampling - young, sensual and dangerous), a jealous corrupt detective (Stanton), an old alcoholic girlfriend (Sylvia Miles in one of her two Oscar nominated performances, second - the shortest in the history of Oscars, for "Midnight Cowboy"), and a buffed thug (Sylvester Stallone -- it was fun to see him before he became a star of Rocky and Rambo).

This adaptation of Raymond Chandler novel features action, suspense, humor, mystery and Robert Mitchum in one of his best performances as a man struggling with cynicism, hatred, and betrayal.


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