The Big Sleep

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Based on Raymond Chandler's novel, this remake of Howard Hawks' 1946 classic film noir detective story (which starred Humphrey Bogart) inexplicably moves the story's setting from Los Angeles to London. In this 1978 version, directed by Briton Michael Winner, Robert Mitchum plays Philip Marlowe. In the story, Marlowe flies to London, hired by a wealthy but disabled retired military man, General Sternwood (James Stewart), to find out who is blackmailing his daughters, and why. In unraveling this complex mystery, he witnesses a murder, constantly stumbles across corpses, runs afoul of the police and underworld gangs, and slowly begins to appreciate the extent of the decadence of his client's children. This all-star production was coldly received by the critics, who could not fail to compare it to the (much better) Hawks original.

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Robert Mitchum
as Philip Marlowe
Sarah Miles
as Charlotte Sternwood
Richard Boone
as Lash Canino
Oliver Reed
as Eddie Mars
Candy Clark
as Camilla Sternwood
Joan Collins
as Agnes Lozelle
Edward Fox
as Joe Brody
John Mills
as Inspector Carson
James Stewart
as Gen. Sternwood
Harry Andrews
as Butler Norris
Colin Blakely
as Harry Jones
Diana Quick
as Mona Grant
James Donald
as Inspector Gregory
John Justin
as Arthur Geiger
Simon Turner
as Karl Lundgren
Martin Potter
as Owen Taylor
David Savile
as Rusty Regan
Nik Forster
as Croupier
Joe Ritchie
as Taxi Driver
Derek Deadman
as Man in Bookstore
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Critic Reviews for The Big Sleep

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for The Big Sleep

  • Aug 09, 2007
    Thoroughly underwhelming
    Ken S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2006
    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

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