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Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Previously filmed in 1942 as The Falcon Takes Over and in 1944 as Murder, My Sweet, Raymond Chandler's Farewell My Lovely was given its third cinematic go-round under its original title in 1975. Spouting the Chandlerish prose as if it were second nature, Robert Mitchum stars as 1940s private eye Philip Marlowe, hired by the goonish Moose Malloy (Jack O'Halloran) to locate his former girl friend. This involves Marlowe in the theft of a jade necklace, which in turn leads to murder. All roads

Jun 29, 1999

AVCO Embassy Pictures

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (3) | DVD (1)

Watching this movie has approximately the same effect as being locked overnight in a secondhand clothing store in Pasadena. There is an awful lot of dust and, after a while, the dummies look as if they are moving.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Despite an impressive production and some firstrate performances, this third version fails to generate much suspense or excitement.

October 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The film's triumph is Mitchum's definitive Marlowe, which captures perfectly the character's down-at-heel integrity and erratic emotional involvement with his cases.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's as if someone had put pillow springs, power-steering and a tape deck into a classic racing-car. It is still handsome and it still goes, but it is a handsome mediocrity.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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"Farewell, My Lovely" is a great entertainment and a celebration of Robert Mitchum's absolute originality.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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What you have here is a very solid film that zings as well as zigs and zags to keep you guessing.

February 5, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
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Like the noir bible says, the only time Marlowe gets actual rest is when he's knocked out by some unseen party, always waking up surrounded by a corpse or two.

October 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

As movie makeovers go, this is a worthy effort, and thanks to Mitchum's presence, electric entertainment.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

An affectionate adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel that beautifully evokes the seamy side of 1940s Los Angeles via superb production design and the same period atmosphere cinematographer Alonzo previously evoked for Chinatown.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film's success lies in Mitchum's hard-boiled portrayal of Marlowe.

November 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Terrific casting, terrific noir thriller.

July 25, 2004
FilmsInReview.com

A romantic detective story starring Robert Mitchum that harkens back to a time when even gumshoes had their own moral code

January 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Truly fine neo-noir compares favorably with the 1944 version.

August 21, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Mitchum makes a perfect Marlowe.

January 17, 2003 | Comment (1)
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