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Farewell, My Lovely (1975)



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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.
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Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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AVCO Embassy Pictures

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Robert Mitchum
as Philip Marlowe
Charlotte Rampling
as Helen Grayle
Sylvester Stallone
as Kelly/Jonnie
John Ireland
as Lieutenant Nulty
Sylvia Miles
as Mrs. Florian
Jack O'Halloran
as Moose Malloy
Anthony Zerbe
as Brunette
Harry Dean Stanton
as Billy Rolfe
Jim Thompson
as Judge Grayle
John O'Leary
as Lindsay Marriott
Kate Murtagh
as Frances Amthor
Walter McGinn
as Tommy Ray
Jimmy Archer
as Georgie
Logan Ramsey
as Commissioner
Margie Hall
as Woman
Jack Bernardi
as Louis Levine
Bennett Ohta
as Patron in Pool Hall
Richard Kennedy
as Detective
John O'Neill
as Detective
Mark Allen
as Detective
Andrew Harris
as Mulatto Child
Napoleon Whiting
as Hotel Clerk
John Eames
as Butler
Stu Gilliam
as 1st Man
Harry Caesar
as Bartender
Lola Mason
as Mother
Joan Shawlee
as Woman in Ballroom
Eddra Gale
as Singer
Karen Gaston
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


Fast talking, noir type film in color. Typical 40's treatment of famed private eye Marlowe. Robert Mitchum playing private eye Phillip Marlowe more than anyone else. Marlowe has been hired by a huge and surly ex-convict, Moose Malloy, to find his old girlfriend Velma, whom he hasn't seen in years. See Sylvester Stallone in an early career role too. [img]http://fineartamerica.com/images-simple-print/images-medium/farewell-my-lovely-robert-mitchum-1966-everett.jpg[/img] Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe, private eye detective Don't confuse the tall thug "Moose" character with Richard Kiel of the James Bond series JAWS. Although much alike in size and personality, this is actor Jack O'Halloran. [img]http://images.cdn.filmclub.org/film__10773-farewell-my-lovely--large.jpg[/img] Jack O'Halloran, left Jack O'Halloran (born April 8, 1943) is an American boxer and actor. O'Halloran is best known for such films as Superman: The Movie, Superman II and Dragnet. [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/2c/Poster_Farewell_My_Lovely_1975.jpg/220px-Poster_Farewell_My_Lovely_1975.jpg[/img] SEE the film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpIftdXefsE [img]http://www.jonathanrosenbaum.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/farewell-my-lovely.jpg[/img] REVIEWS from those like us: 80% Great noir with good mood and exceptional performance by Robert Mitchum. 50% Mitchum is incredible as Marlowe, far superior to Bogart or Gould, though I don't fully understand Hollywoods love affair with the character. 70% Farewell, My Lovely tries to combine 40s noir style with 70s color, nudity and profanity. This combination is a mixed bag, but I like Robert Mitchum NOTES: 1 Mitchum would return to the role of Marlowe three years later in a 1978 remake of The Big Sleep, making him the only actor to portray Philip Marlowe more than once on the big screen. 2 Sylvester Stallone appears in a minor role [img]http://i2.listal.com/image/1351661/600full-farewell,-my-lovely-screenshot.jpg[/img] Sylvester Stallone, right Directed by Dick Richards Produced by Elliott Kastner Jerry Bruckheimer George Pappas Screenplay by David Zelag Goodman Story by Farewell, My Lovely Raymond Chandler Starring Robert Mitchum Charlotte Rampling John Ireland Sylvia Miles Anthony Zerbe Music by David Shire Cinematography John A. Alonzo [img]http://s.ecrater.com/stores/64590/4bfdf3c2a834e_64590n.jpg[/img] Editing by Joel Cox Walter Thompson Studio ITC Entertainment Distributed by Avco Embassy Pictures Release dates August 8, 1975 (United States) Running time 95 minutes Country United States Language English Box office $2,000,000 (United States) [img]https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSpsod1yHa1Dh3zxUeu6Nmv4MovcM3ZIW0aBIbyMd-yYjyR__bI[/img]

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

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. Recommended.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

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.

Sean Chick
Sean Chick

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