The Long Goodbye (1973)


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Critic Consensus: The Long Goodbye is a cool as ice mystery that retains Robert Altman's idiosyncratic sensibilities.

Movie Info

"It's OK with me...." Applying his deconstructive eye to the "film noir" tradition, Robert Altman updated Raymond Chandler in his 1973 version of Chandler's novel, The Long Goodbye. Smart-aleck, cat-loving private eye Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) is certain that his friend Terry Lennox (Jim Bouton) isn't a wife-killer, even after the cops throw Marlowe in jail for not cooperating with their investigation into Lennox's subsequent disappearance. Once he gets out of jail, Marlowe starts to … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Raymond Chandler, Leigh Brackett
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 25, 2014
United Artists


as Philip Marlowe

as Marty

as Dr. Verringer

as Real Estate Lady

as Detective Farmer

as Rutanya Sweet

as Piano Player

as Colony Guard

as Detective Green

as Detective Dayton

as Herbie

as Bartender

as Augustine's Hood

as Olive (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Long Goodbye

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (5)

It tries to be all genre and no story, and it almost works.

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

[Altman] attempts the impossible and pulls it off.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

... one of those movies that always flits through my mind when someone asks me to name my favorite movies of all time. I usually don't mention it, but it's always there, on the periphery. It's at least one of my two or three favorite Altmans.

Full Review… | January 4, 2015
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Long Goodbye as a whole peels back the surfaces of private-eye stories, paying special attention to their macho bluster and abused women.

Full Review… | December 15, 2014
The Dissolve

A playful de-romanticizing of the detective genre...

Full Review… | December 9, 2014

Robert Altman orchestrates a jangly genre autopsy, mischievous and brutal

Full Review… | August 12, 2013

Audience Reviews for The Long Goodbye


An intricate film noir satire that has all the elements that we expect from a Raymond Chandler story, only this time the protagonist of The Big Sleep is updated to the 1970s with a shocker in the end and a delicious melancholy song that will stay in your head for a long time.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

So good, it hurts.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

A very interesting film for film buffs. It's not fantastic, but it's a film for the sake of film. If you watch film noir, you should check it out. This movie takes the character of Phillip Marlowe, and puts him in the 70s culture. It is partly a parody, but it is also toying with what you expect for a film noir.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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