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The Big Sleep (1946)

4.7 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00002E227
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,777 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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L.A. private eye Phillip Marlowe takes on a blackmail case...and a trail peopled with murderers porographers nightclub rogues the spoiled rich and more. Humphrey Boart plays Raymond Chandlers' legendary gumshoe and director Howard Hawkes serves up snappy character encounters (particularly involving Lauren Bacall) brisk pace and atmosphere galore in the certified classic.Running Time: 116 min.System Requirements:Starring: Lauren Bacall Humphrey Bogart Dorothy Malone and Martha Vickers. Directed By: Howard Hawks. Running Time: 230 mins. This film is presented in "Standard" Format. Copyright: 2000 Warner Home Video.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating:  UPC: 012569502628

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By A Customer on Oct. 2 2002
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.
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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By Big Bill TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 26 2014
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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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 12 2007
Format: DVD
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 Chandler's novel by the legendary Howard Hawks -- a fast, witty, tough-fisted thriller, with excellent acting and sizzling chemistry.

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.
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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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