The Big Sleep (1978)

The Big Sleep





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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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Winner
On DVD: Aug 22, 2000

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as Philip Marlowe

as Charlotte Sternwood

as Lash Canino

as Camilla Sternwood

as Agnes Lozelle

as Joe Brody

as Insp. Jim Carson

as Gen. Guy Sternwood

as Eddie Mars

as Vincent Norris

as Harry Jones

as Commander Barker

as Mona Mars

as Inspector Gregory

as Arthur Geiger

as Karl Lundgren

as Owen Taylor

as Rusty Regan

as Croupier

as Taxi Driver

as Customer in Bookshop
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Critic Reviews for The Big Sleep

All Critics (3)

Unnecessary but still enjoyable color remake.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | July 16, 2008
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Robert Mitchum's wry and worldly depiction of Marlowe, an intrepid detective, carries the movie.

Full Review… | January 24, 2004
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Thoroughly underwhelming

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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.

Steve B.

Super Reviewer

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.

Rick Rudge

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