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The Big Sleep (1946)

Humphrey Bogart , Lauren Bacall , Howard Hawks    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall made screen history together more than once, but they were never more popular than in this 1946 adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel, directed by Howard Hawks (To Have and Have Not). Bogart plays private eye Philip Marlowe, who is hired by a wealthy socialite (Bacall) to look into troubles stirred up by her wild, young sister (Martha Vickers). Legendarily complicated (so much so that even Chandler had trouble following the plot), the film is nonetheless hugely entertaining and atmospheric, an electrifying plunge into the exotica of detective fiction. William Faulkner wrote the screenplay. --Tom Keogh

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the Best July 30 2002
Format:DVD
THE BIG SLEEP has a reputation for being a film that gets lost in its own complexity and which fails to clearly identify all the perpetrators of all the murders that litter its scenes. There is a certain truth to this: like the Raymond Chandler novel on which it is based, the plot is extremely complicated, and it requires the viewer to mentally track an unexpected number of characters--including two characters that never appear on screen, a pivotal character who doesn't actually have any lines, and a character who is frequently mentioned but doesn't appear until near the film's conclusion. There is not, however, as much truth to the accusation that the film never exposes all the killers: only one killer is not specifically identified, but even so his identity is very clearly implied.
All this having been said, THE BIG SLEEP is one helluva movie. In general, the story concerns the wealthy Sternwood family, which consists of an aging father and two "pretty and pretty wild" daughters--one of whom, Carmen, is being victimized by a blackmailer. P.I. Philip Marlowe is hired to get rid of the blackmailer, but an unexpected murder complicates matters... and touches off a series of killings by a number of parties who have covert interests in the Sternwood family. Perhaps the most amazing thing about the film is that you don't actually have to pick apart the complicated story in order to enjoy it. The script is famous for its witty lines and sleek sexual innuendo--much of it lifted directly from Chandler's novel--and the cast is a dream come true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too much fun Feb. 26 2014
By Big Bill TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This movie has been reviewed extensively. I would add to the other reviews with this ; yes the plot is complicated - consider that a bonus opportunity to watch it again ( and again ) until you take it all in. The banter is exquisite . Bogart is still married to his third wife , but the spark between Bogie and Bacall is apparent
to the audience. Bogie , as Marlowe , enjoys a magical existence ; every where he goes women swoon . He even engages a female taxi driver for a fare and she gives him her card and says call me anytime , nights are better , I work during the day. All the women Bogie encounters are attractive brunettes ; none are allowed to compete with Bacall in the hair colour department.
An unusual movie occurrence ; at one point Bogie and Bacall deliver lines at the same time , over each other . Couldn't possibly be done by accident , they would have just shot it again. As it is it adds to the confusion and tenseness of the scene. Now 66 years old it stands as a gem worth viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bogie at his Best ! Sept. 4 2013
By Fraser D. Riddell TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Good quality DVD, excellent movie. Bogie and Bacall make the screen steam. Great mystery with lots of action and terrific dialogue. Worth it just to hear the couple spar with each other. One of my favorite movies and I recommend you buy it and become a fan too ! I recommend this DVD.
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They were one of Hollywood's all-time legendary couples, both on screen and off; producing celluloid magic in the four films they made together between 1943 and 1948 as much as by their off-screen romance, which in itself was the stuff that dreams are made of. He was the American Film Insititute's No. 1 star of the 20th century, Hollywood's original noir anti-hero, who in addition to the AFI honors bestowed on his real-life persona also played two of the 20th century's Top 50 film heroes ("Casablanca"'Rick Blaine and this movie's Philip Marlow); epitome of the handsome, cynical and oh-so lonesome wolf, looking unbeatably cool in dinner jacket, trenchcoat and fedora alike, a glass of whiskey in his hand and cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth; and endowed with a legendary aura several times larger than his physical stature. She, despite a 25-year age difference his equal in everything from grit and toughness to mysterious appeal; chillier than bourbon on the rocks, possessing more than just a touch of class whatever her role; and long since a bona fide AFI movie legend in her own right.
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall met on the set of Howard Hawks's 1944 realization of Ernest Hemingway's "To Have and Have Not," where an obvious chemistry quickly developed between 45-year-old veteran Bogart, who had just scored two of film history's greatest-ever hits with "The Maltese Falcon" and "Casablanca" in the two preceding years, and the sassy, exciting 20-year-old newcomer who possessed the maturity and sex-appeal of a woman good and well 10 years her senior.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Oct. 2 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
My mum recommenended the Chandler books for me to read when I was bored. I am so glad I took her advice. I loved them so she recommended the humphrey bogart Marlowe films to me . THE BIG SLEEP ROCKS ETERNALLY. I cannot express how much I love this film. O.K I'm 14 and it's not the kind of thing most teenagers watch. But Humphrey Bogart is smooth (if a little small) and Lauren Bacall is the best actress ever, I want to be her. After watching this film for the upteenth time I realised how dreadfully girly girly her lines were but she makes Vivian Sternwood really spunky. The plot is groovy the characters fantastic and I honestly can't think of anyway it could be improved. After being a fan of the books I coudn't see how this could be as good- It is just as wonderful. I am really bugged that I can't get hold of "To Have and Have Not" -just because I live in the U.K.
I WILL NEVER GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you are an adult get this for your kids. Why should we lose out on this kinda stuff? Just because it was filmed a few(ahhum)years ago.
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Published on March 26 2011 by J. Lovins
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Sleep, or "how many cool one-liners can you pack into a single...
This movie should be stated in the Oxford English Dictionary next to the word "awesome." The plot is amazingly built, the atmosphere is cool to a point where you wonder if anything... Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2009 by Hugo Desrosiers-Plaisance
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up
Humphrey Bogart's most famous roles are as Sam Spade and Rick Blaine, a pair of callous wise-guys. But he played a softer-hearted tough guy in "The Big Sleep," adapted from Raymond... Read more
Published on April 12 2007 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder, mystery and the magnetism of Bogart and Bacall.
They were one of Hollywood's all-time legendary couples, both on screen and off; producing celluloid magic in the four films they made together between 1943 and 1948 as much as by... Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2006 by Themis-Athena
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Bogey
As with many film noirs, the opening sequence sets up the mood and alliances of the movie -- white knight private dick Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart; and nobody does it better)... Read more
Published on Dec 1 2002 by Desiree Koh
5.0 out of 5 stars Lauren Bacall
I have already written a review on this video but after reading some other reviewers comments I feel moved to add 2 more points.
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Published on Oct. 2 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Detective Masterpiece
This film is absolutely mesmerizing, a masterpiece full of sharp dialog and a plot so complex not even Raymond Chandler could tell you who commited one of the murders. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Take my advice, BUY the DVD...
This is one of the all-time classics featuring Bogie & Bacall. Technically not film noir, rather a witty, stylized and romanticized treatment of a rather hard-boiled detective... Read more
Published on July 22 2002 by Jon Ell
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