Farewell, My Lovely (1975)



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Movie Info

This remake of the 1944 film, 'Murder, My Sweet,' also based on the Raymond Chandler novel, concerns private eye Philip Marlowe's attempts to locate Velma, a former dancer at a seedy nightclub and the girlfriend of Moose Malloy, a petty criminal just out of prison. Marlowe finds that he is forced to follow a confusing trail of untruths and double crosses.

Rating: R (N/A)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: David Zelag Goodman, David Z Goodman, Raymond Chandler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 29, 1999
AVCO Embassy Pictures



as Philip Marlowe

as Helen Grayle

as Kelly/Jonnie

as Lieutenant Nulty

as Mrs. Florian

as Moose Malloy

as Brunette

as Billy Rolfe

as Judge Grayle

as Lindsay Marriott

as Frances Amthor

as Tommy Ray

as Georgie

as Commissioner

as Louis Levine

as Patron in Pool Hall

as Detective

as Detective

as Detective

as Mulatto Child

as Hotel Clerk

as Butler

as 1st Man

as Bartender

as Mother

as Woman in Ballroom

as Singer

as Prostitute
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Critic Reviews for Farewell, My Lovely

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Despite an impressive production and some firstrate performances, this third version fails to generate much suspense or excitement.

Full Review… | October 27, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

"Farewell, My Lovely" is a great entertainment and a celebration of Robert Mitchum's absolute originality.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

What you have here is a very solid film that zings as well as zigs and zags to keep you guessing.

Full Review… | February 5, 2013

Audience Reviews for Farewell, My Lovely

Caught this on cable and am now crestfallen that I can't own it to re-watch on DVD, which is just a shame, as this one would definitely hold up to numerous re-watches.

Mitchum is amazing as always in a noir role, and young(ish) Charlotte Rampling is pretty easy on the eyes; well worth tracking down.



A 1970s film mostly shot and acted like the 1940s never ended. So what is new here? Nudity, better acting, and drugs. All told I loved it, even if it is not exceptional. I am a sucker for these films though. The lines are great and you get to see Stallone play a thug.

I'd forgotten how great this Film was! There is a certain Elegance to the Phillip Marlowe Private Eye, perhaps it's that he(Robert Mitchum) narrates it as well as Stars, or it's the Wardrobes of the cast ,or the Noir way it's Filmed, but in Stylish Decors & Locations.This was on TMC the other night so I DVR'd it & saw so much more than I'd appreciated in earlier viewing.For instance, a very young Sylvester Stallone(Pre Rocky Stardom) is a Gangster in this. Charlotte Rampling, who I'd only known as an older actress, is an Exquisite , Lauren Bacall-esqe, wealthy Politicians Wanton Wife, who's beauty is more Handsome than Beautiful with a combo of masculine & feminine traits just like Lauren Bacall.The Cast of Character Actors, Jack O'Halloran, Sylvia Miles Harry Dean Stanton, & Anthony Zerbe bring such rich Broth to the Soup that is this delightful Film that you are going to want seconds of, it is Delicious.

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