The Big Sleep
L.A. private detective Philip Marlowe takes on a blackmail case and follows a trail peopled by murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich - just to name a few. Marlowe is hired to protect a young woman and in the process, he falls in love with the woman's older sister.
DVD, region 1; Dolby Digital.
English dialogue, English or French subtitles; closed-captioned.
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From the novel by Raymond Chandler.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1946.
Side A: 1946 theatrical version -- Side B: 1945 prelease version.
Special features: "'The big sleep' comparisons 1945/1946" documentary, with UCLA archivist Robert Gitt analyzing differneces between version; Theatrical trailer; Side B: 1945 prelease version containing an additional 18 minutes which were reshot or deleted.
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Vivian Rutledge: "You've forgotten one thing - me." Philip Marlowe: "What's wrong with you?" Vivian Rutledge: "Nothing you can't fix."
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."
Carmen Sternwood: "You're cute." Philip Marlowe: "I'm getting cuter every minute."
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."
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."
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."
Philip Marlowe (to General Sternwood, of his daughter Carmen): "...She tried to sit in my lap while I was standing up..."
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