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The Big Sleep ()


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Grizzled American private detective in England investigates a complicated case of blackmail turned murder involving a rich but honest elderly general, his two loose socialite daughters, a... See more »

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Philip Marlowe
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Charlotte Sternwood
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Lash Canino
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Camilla Sternwood
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Agnes Lozelle
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Joe Brody
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Inspector Jim Carson
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General Sternwood
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Eddie Mars
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Norris
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Harry Jones
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Commander Barker
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Mona Grant
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Inspector Gregory
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Arthur Geiger
Simon Fisher-Turner ...
Karl Lundgren (as Simon Turner)
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Owen Taylor
David Savile ...
Rusty Regan
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Lanny
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Lou
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Lou
Nik Forster ...
Croupier
Joe Ritchie ...
Taxi Driver
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Reg
Derek Deadman ...
Customer in Bookshop
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Judy Buxton ...
Cheval Club Receptionist (uncredited)
Roy Evans ...
Deliveryman (uncredited)
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Pool Player in Pub (uncredited)
Walter Henry ...
Detective Taking Marlowe's Statement (uncredited)
David Jackson ...
Inspector Willis (uncredited)
Brian Miller ...
Casino Waiter (uncredited)
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Doorman at Eddie's Club (uncredited)
Barry Purchese ...
Eddie's Bodyguard (uncredited)
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Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Casino Patron (uncredited)

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Michael Winner

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Michael Winner ... (screenplay)
 
Raymond Chandler ... (novel)

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Jerry Bick ... producer
Lew Grade ... executive producer
Elliott Kastner ... producer
Bernard Williams ... associate producer
Michael Winner ... producer

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Jerry Fielding

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Robert Paynter

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Frederick Wilson ... supervising editor (uncredited)

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Maude Spector

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Harry Pottle

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John Graysmark

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Ron Beck

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Stephanie Kaye ... hair stylist
Richard Mills ... makeup artist

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Clifton Brandon ... production manager
David Middlemas ... production manager

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Michael Dryhurst ... assistant director
Joe Marks ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Terry Wells ... stand-by property master (uncredited)
Barry Wilkinson ... property master (uncredited)

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Russ Hill ... sound editor
Mike Le Mare ... sound editor
Brian Marshall ... sound recordist
John Poyner ... sound editor
Hugh Strain ... sound re-recordist
Steve Hancock ... dubbing projectionist (uncredited)

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Eddie Collins ... camera focus
Keith Hamshere ... still photographer
Ronnie Taylor ... camera operator

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Babs Gray ... wardrobe (uncredited)

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Dan Wallin ... scoring mixer (uncredited)

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Pamela Carlton ... continuity
Denis Holt ... production executive
Roy Beck ... lead stand-in (uncredited)
Matthew Binns ... production runner (uncredited)
Crispian Sallis ... Director's Assistant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Philip Marlowe is asked by the elderly (and near death) General Sternwood to investigate an attempt at blackmail on one of his daughters. He soon finds that the attempt is halfhearted at best and seems to be more connected with the disappearance of the other daughter's husband, Rusty Regan. Rusty's wife, seems unconcerned with his disappearance, further complicating the mystery. Only General Sternwood seems concerned as mobsters and hired killers continue to appear in the path of the investigation. Written by John Vogel

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Taglines Some days business is good - and some days it's murder! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le grand sommeil (France)
  • Tote schlafen besser (Germany)
  • Detective privado (Spain)
  • A Arte de Matar (Brazil)
  • Големият сън (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 99 min
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Budget GBP3,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia James Stewart had difficulty saying his lines on time due to hearing and memory problems. Some of the cast were shocked by his aged appearance. Robert Mitchum recalled, "The picture was all about corpses, but Jimmy looked deader than any of them." Stewart outlived Mitchum by one day in real life. See more »
Goofs In the night of Geigers murder, Marlowe returns to Geigers home in a Taxi (20:18) with a numberplate 7077. Next day Marlowe follows a truck from Geigers shop (25:26) in a taxi with the same plate 7077 after stopping the taxi in the street. See more »
Movie Connections Follows Farewell, My Lovely (1975). See more »
Soundtracks Won't Somebody Dance With Me See more »
Quotes Charlotte Sternwood: [when Marlowe declines to blackmail her] Wha-? You don't want money?
Philip Marlowe: Oh sure. All I itch for is money. I'm so greedy that for fifty pounds a day plus expenses on the day I work, I risk my future, the hatred of the cops, of Eddie Mars and his pals, I dodge bullets and put up with slaps and say "Thank you very much. If you have any further trouble please call me: I'll just put my card here on the table." I do all that for a few pounds. And maybe just a little bit to protect what little pride a sick and broken old man has in his family, so that he can believe his blood is not poisoned. That his little girls - though they may be a trifle wild - are not perverts and killers.
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