The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

DVD - 2005
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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.
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Home Video,, [2005]
ISBN: 9781419817649
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE BIG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (230 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
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Jul 17, 2020

what did bacall see in that scrawny lisping chain smoker ?

Dec 27, 2019

Don't get too caught up on plot, and "Let's not bicker and argue over Who killed Who."
But here's a SPOILER ALERT for those who need to know:

-A.G. Geiger --- Killed by Owen Taylor (Gen. Sternwoods chauffeur)
Motive: In Love with Carmen Sternwood and angry at Geiger's exploitation of her.

-O. Taylor --- Theory #1: (Probably) killed by Joe Brody (This fact even Chandler was unsure of)
Motive: To get the photos and negatives of the Pictures of Carmen for Blackmail use.
---Theory #2: Suicide due to his unrequited love for Carmen and his terrible act.
Motive: Redemption?

Joe Brody --- Killed by Carol Lungren (Geiger's Lover and personal help)
Motive: Revenge for what he thought was Brody's killing of his boss/lover. And because Joe Brody took Geiger's Porn Books from back of the store.

Harry Jones --- Killed by "The Heavy", Lash Canino. On orders from Eddie Mars.
Motive: Mars was covering up the Rusty Reagan death (Future Blackmail and Cops being suspicious reasons) and Mars didn't like Elisha Cook, Jr. character poking around.

Lash Canino --- Killed in a Chivalric Standoff by the Great Hard-Boiled P.I. Philip Marlowe.
Mative: Canino is "the heavy" and cold blooded hit man for Eddie Mars.

Eddie Mars --- Killed by Mars' own bodyguards in a plot conceived by Hawkes, Faulkner or Brackett. This is NOT in the book.
Motive: Create a Hollywood Ending!

But Who KILLED Rusty Reagan? Carmen Sternwood!
Motive: She is a drug addicted lunatic and a spoiled rich-girl blond that didn't get her way with Reagan (or with Marlowe). This comes out more in the book (Which I recommend).

*****The Big Sleep is Amazing. The dialogue is right from the book. The lead-in scene with Marlowe and Carmen followed by the real 1st scene of the movie with Sternwood in the Greenhouse is one of movie makings best! Heck without it there is no Big Lebowski.

Sep 13, 2019

Now 74 years old, "The Big Sleep" is filled to overflowing with plenty of wise-cracking dialogue, and cutie-pie bantering.... And, of course, Bogart's character was so ridiculously hard-boiled and always just a little too sure of himself (regardless of any imminent danger) - And that all quickly added up to a truly comical romp down "Nostalgia Lane" for me.

Anyways - Here in "The Big Sleep" Humphrey Bogart plays (as only he could possibly play) character Philip Marlowe, a 25-dollar-a-day gumshoe who, agreeing to take on a cut'n'dry case of blackmail, inadvertently finds himself completely caught up in a very messy and tangled web of murder, treachery and, yes, romance that, believe me, gets screwier and screwier by the minute.

Apr 10, 2018

Some don't like this ,most here do. I love this movie. It's my favorite of their films. Though I had it on DVD I asked TCM a few years ago, when are they gonna release it on Blu-ray. They didn't know. Four months later I found it. This is just so fun. Like someone here mentioned about the sister falling into his arms, I love it. I copied both versions off TCM years ago and they're both on the Blu-ray. I like em' both. There are so many great classics out there and recently a few new Cary Grants were released. And thanks to Sno-Isle for getting some in. I give this a 5 star but this site only allowed me 4 !/2 .

May 02, 2016

Convoluted, yessiree, and I got a little confused as to who was doing what to whom.

Dec 05, 2015

Best film noir and best Chandler adaptation ever, even though they did have to censor a good deal of what was in the book. Under the direction of Howard Hawks Bogart and Bacall were never better and it probably has more clever and funny dialogue per minute than just about any movie ever made. And if you can't quite keep track of who killed who it doesn't matter; it's a classic that can be enjoyably watched over and over again.

Feb 19, 2015

If you ask me - I'd definitely say that The Big Sleep made for quite an enjoyable, yet unintentional, parody of the Film Noir genre. It really did.

I mean, (with the hilarious way that all of the babes were literally falling into Bogart's arms, over and over again, and with so many of the bad guys being bumped off, left, right and centre, for no apparent reason) I certainly couldn't take this crime film's tale of drama at face value for even a minute.

I clearly saw The Big Sleep as being played strictly for laughs. And, believe me, unintentional laughs it certainly did produce.

I honestly can't imagine how any audience (even from the 1940s) could ever take The Big Sleep's story with dead-faced seriousness - 'Cause it's not. It's a literal laugh-riot all the way.

7duffy Aug 19, 2014

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

"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.

viguyy Jan 15, 2013

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!

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Sep 08, 2012

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

Sep 08, 2012

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

Sep 08, 2012

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."

Sep 08, 2012

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."

Sep 08, 2012

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."

Sep 08, 2012

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

Sep 08, 2012

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."

Sep 08, 2012

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


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