The Big Sleep (1978)
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Robert Mitchum reprises his role as Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe from Farewell, My Lovely, in this misconceived remake of Howard Hawks's classic 1946 film -- transferring the setting from 1940s California to 1970s London. Marlowe is hired by a rich and dying General Sternwood (James Stewart) to find out who is blackmailing him. Marlowe then meets Sterwood's daughters -- the crazy and degenerate Camilla (Candy Clark) and the more even-tempered Charlotte (Sarah Miles). Opening up a can of worms, Marlowe unveils a collection of unsavory characters -- Eddie Mars (Oliver Reed), an inveterate gambler having an affair with Charlotte; Joe Brody (Edward Fox), Camilla's ex-lover; and Agnes (Joan Collins), a sexy bookstore clerk. The plot becomes even more chaotic when it is found that Camilla has been posing in the nude for pornographer Arthur Geiger (John Justin). When Geiger turns up dead, Camilla becomes implicated in Geiger's murder. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi … More
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as Agnes Lozelle
as Joe Brody
as Insp. Jim Carson
as Gen. Guy Sternwood
as Eddie Mars
as Vincent Norris
as Harry Jones
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as Inspector Gregory
as Arthur Geiger
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Critic Reviews for The Big Sleep
The problem with the film, more than anything, is getting beyond the idea of it not being Bogie and Bacall up there on the screen.
Audience Reviews for The Big Sleep
Is it wrong to bring Marlowe into the present? No. But it IS wrong to move him to London. Mitchum makes a great Marlowe, but this movie just doesn't cut it. Stick with Farewell, My Lovely for your Mitchum-as-Marlowe fix.
The Big Sleep (1978)
This is one of those movies that you wonder why the studio bothered to remake this. On paper, it looks like a great idea with a marvelous cast and it follow the Raymond Chandler story a little closer with an R rating (although Chandler wrote about LA and this is in Britain). The British love a good mystery, and I can appreciate the homage.
Robert Mitchum plays Philip Marlowe. Although he's world-werey, he's not quite up to speed of a Philip Marlowe at his age. Plus the speed of the movie isn't as fast-paced as the 1946 version. I found that I was mouthing the script as I watched this and even I was quicker at getting it out than the actors.
Richard Boone, as Lash Canino, was nowhere near as scary as Bob Steele was in the original. Boone, who has played his fair share of scary characters, perhaps at his age he was beginning to look more grandfatherly.
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