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The Big Sleep

(DVD - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Big Sleep
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Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.
Title: The big sleep
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2005]
Edition: Standard version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (230 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,Dolby digital 5.1,rda
NTSC,rda
video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: From the novel by Raymond Chandler.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1946.
Also issued as part of the box set: Bogie & Bacall the signature collection.
Special features: Side A & B. Cast & crew filmographies; "'The big sleep': 1945/1946 comparisons" documentary with UCLA archivist Robert Gitt analyzing differences between versions; Behind the scenes; Theatrical trailer. Side B. 1945 pre release version containing an additional 18 minutes which were reshot or deleted.
Contents: Side A: 1946 theatrical version
Side B: 1945 pre release version.
Summary: Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.
Audience: Not rated.
Local Note: 53 54 60 67 76 118 138 143 148 151 172 203 216 226 242
ISBN: 1419817647
9781419817649
141981771X
9781419817717
Statement of Responsibility: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. ; executive producer, Jack L. Warner ; a Howard Hawks production ; a Warner Bros. First National picture ; screen play by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett & Jules Furthman ; directed by Howard Hawks
Credits: Director of photography, Sid Hickox ; film editor, Christian Nyby ; special effects by E. Roy Davidson, Warren E. Lynch ; art director, Carl Jules Weyl ; sound by Robert B. Lee ; set decorations by Fred M. MacLean ; wardrobe by Leah Rhodes ; musical director, Leo F. Forbstein ; music by Max Steiner.
Performers: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone, Peggy Knudsen, Regis Toomey, Charles Waldron, Charles D. Brown, Bob Steele, Elisha Cook, Jr., Louis Jean Heydt.
System Details: DVD; region 1, NTSC; standard full screen (1.33:1) presentation preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition; Dolby digital mono.
Other Language: In English dialogue with optional English or French subtitles; closed-captioned in English.
Subject Headings: Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959 Film adaptations. Marlowe, Philip (Fictitious character) Drama. Extortion Drama. Private security services Drama. Man-woman relationships Drama.
Genre/Form: Detective and mystery films.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Crime films.
Gangster films.
Film noir.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Topical Term: Marlowe, Philip (Fictitious character)
Extortion
Private security services
Man-woman relationships
Publisher No: 67681
67688
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Aug 22, 2014
  • 7duffy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Bogie rocks and Betty's hot. Lot of witty repartee between them, played against the backdrop of a convoluted detective story. Good supporting cast, like the underappreciated Elisha Cook, jr, make the film enjoyable. I never saw so many stylzed babes hitting on Bogie in a one movie, before this one.

Feb 12, 2013
  • akirakato rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"The Big Sleep" published in 1939 was Raymond Chandler's first novel.
The book introduced the character of tough, cynical private detective Philip Marlowe, who became one of the icons of crime and mystery literature.
Marlowe starred in seven more Chandler novels, including his last, "Poodle Springs."
In 1944 Howard Hawks teamed up with writers William Faulkner and Jules Furthman to adopt Ernest Hemingway's novel "To have and Have Not" to the screen.
The film was a hit.
Warner Brothers wanted Hawks to duplicate that success.
He picked Chandler's hard-boiled detective story ("The Big Sleep") as his next project.
Having been impressed by the crime novel "No Good from a Corpse," Hawks hired Leigh Btrackett to write the screenplay with Faulkner.
One famous story about the film is that neither Hawks nor any of the writers could figure out who killed chauffeur Owen Taylor.
They contacted Raymond Chandler, but even he couldn't figure it out.
Neither could I.

Jan 15, 2013
  • viguyy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

ahhhh Bogart & Bacall. They were one of Hollywood's all-time legendary couples, on screen & off. The chemistry is legendary and this classic film noir benefits greatly from their extraordinary sparks on screen. The story is a bit disjointed in spots, likley due at least in-part to many scenes being replaced a year later to bolster Bacall's presence & likability in the film. She just had some terrible reviews of her previous project & it was decided to rework the film a bit to protect the studios investment & her career. It worked in large part adding some of the most memorable moments in a film punctuated by many great moments. The whole scene at the restaurant when Bacall & Bogart are taking about horse racing ..or are they? It's fantastic!

Bogart is really likable in this film masterfully stewarded by Howard Hawks. The charcter of Philip Marlowe had men of the time trying to emulate his physical mannerisms such as touching his ear the pulling of the upper lip back exposing his top teeth etc. This film was truly a star vehicle for its stars and despite it's somewhat complicated & slightly disjointed story the film is a joy to watch.

Highly recommend The Big Sleep as a great classic!

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Talk about a convoluted plot! Sheesh! Still love the film, nevertheless. Clever, witty dialogue. And yeah, the Acme bookstore clerk (Dorothy Malone) was a hottie, but I preferred the ditzy thumb-sucking nymphet Carmen (Martha Vickers). (lol) Lauren Bacall was stunning, too. (25 years younger than hubby Bogie!) Interesting that they shelved this flick for a year because WWII had just ended and the studio wanted to push its remaining war movies, (obviously) knowing that a crime noir had more shelf life. Well, I'm gonna go watch this again to see if the butler did it (kidding) FIVE STARS.

May 13, 2012
  • badgirls rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

OK let's get real, this supposed "classic" should have been called The Big Snooze. The story can only be described as contorted and confused. Of course it has Bogart and Bacall and if it had two lesser known actors, this film would long ago been forgotten. The DVD contains a special feature that shows the original deleted scenes with redone scenes. Looks like this film was such a mess back in 1944 that they didn't release it, a year later they went back and added new scenes and then released it. One of the deleted scenes had Bacall wearing this stupid hat with a veil over her face-good thing they took that out. Anyways another redone scene had Bogie and Bacall in an office but they just dubbed in new dialogue-so their mouths are saying different words from what you hear. Bacall is perched provocatively on a desk- maybe they thought no one would notice. Some of the sets are very creative especially a house where a murder takes place. This set can only be described as wacky asian. But who am i to bash Bogart and Bacall? Have a cocktail, relax and be transported back to the shadowy world of film noir where everyone smoked, drank, hung out in nightclubs, played mind games and occasionally shot each other.

Feb 21, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the best of the early film noir. I've seen it several times. One time I stopped the DVD player after somebody mentioned a name for the first time. See there is a string of murders so that the authorities could never determine who was guilty of some of the murders . The amazing thing is that Raymond Chandler, the author of the novel, actually could not explain who killed all of the various victims. What is very important though, is that you don't really have to follow everything to totally enjoy the interaction between all of the characters.

Dec 08, 2010
  • e_long rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A real disappointment after reading the book.

Sep 04, 2009
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Bogie never looked so suave and Bacall never looked so devious in this wonderful and twisted thriller noir. A great one for a stormy night at home!

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Vivian Rutledge: "You've forgotten one thing - me." Philip Marlowe: "What's wrong with you?" Vivian Rutledge: "Nothing you can't fix."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Eddie Mars: "Convenient, the door being open when you didn't have a key, eh?" Philip Marlowe: "Yeah, wasn't it. By the way, how'd you happen to have one?" Eddie Mars: "Is that any of your business?" Philip Marlowe: "I could make it my business." Eddie Mars: "I could make your business mine." Philip Marlowe: "Oh, you wouldn't like it. The pay's too small."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Carmen Sternwood: "You're cute." Philip Marlowe: "I'm getting cuter every minute."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Philip Marlowe: "You wanna tell me now?" Vivian Rutledge: "Tell you what?" Philip Marlowe: "What it is you're trying to find out. You know, it's a funny thing. You're trying to find out what your father hired me to find out, and I'm trying to find out why you want to find out."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Librarian: "Did you find what you wanted?" Philip Marlowe: "Yes, thanks." Librarian: "You know, you don't look like a man who'd be interested in first editions." Philip Marlowe: "I collect blondes and bottles, too."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Vivian Rutledge: "I don't like your manners." Philip Marlowe: "And I'm not crazy about yours. I didn't ask to see you. I don't mind if you don't like my manners, I don't like them myself. They are pretty bad. I grieve over them on long winter evenings. I don't mind your ritzing me drinking your lunch out of a bottle. But don't waste your time trying to cross-examine me."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Philip Marlowe (to General Sternwood, of his daughter Carmen): "...She tried to sit in my lap while I was standing up..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

General Sternwood: "How do you like your brandy, sir?" Philip Marlowe: "In a glass."

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