The Big Sleep (1946)
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Big Sleep, The (DVD)
This 1945 prerelease version contains 18 minutes that were either reshot or deleted from the 1946 theatrical release. --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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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.
Private "shamus" Philip Marlowe (Bogart) is hired by the decrepit General Sternwood to hunt down a man who's blackmailing his creepy, childlike daughter Carmen (Martha Vickers). It seems like a straightforward case -- but when he manages to track down the blackmailer, he finds him shot dead in a porn studio -- and a drugged Carmen sitting nearby.
Marlowe drags her home, and orders her fiery sister Vivian (Lauren Bacall) to say nothing of where she's been. Now the investigation is more serious, and Marlowe finds himself walking a tightrope of blackmail, pornography, gambling, mobs and other charming illegalities -- and at the heart of it is the location of one of Sternwood's employees.
"The Big Sleep" was a confusing book -- even Raymond Chandler couldn't follow all the threads, and wasn't able to pin one of the murders on anyone. So it's not surprising that the movie adaptation is similarly befuddling, even with some plot elements smoothed out to simplify the story. It still takes three or four viewings to even start figuring it out.
But it is really enjoyable. Hawks captures the taut, slightly humorous tone of Chandler's writing. That's especially hard, considering everybody except Marlowe and the General are double or triple-crossing somebody else, and the plotlines are murky enough that even at the end, you can't tell what's going on.
But Hawks fills it with classic lines ("What's wrong with you?" "Nothing you can't fix.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Bogart and Bacall. "Nuff said even though it has the most convoluted plot ever.Published 5 months ago by Gary Stewart
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Raymond Chandler; what a team if you like cinema noire.Published 6 months ago by James Vanier
Loved this movie. Excellent acting from Bogart and Bacall . A hard movie to follow but well worth the journey.Published 24 months ago by M. A. Dean
Good quality DVD, excellent movie. Bogie and Bacall make the screen steam. Great mystery with lots of action and terrific dialogue. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2013 by Fraser D. Riddell
Warner Bros. Pictures presents "THE BIG SLEEP" (1946) (114 min/B&W) -- Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers, Regis Toomey & Dorothy Malone
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