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Big Sleep, The (1946) Movie Information

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Howard Hawks


Humphrey Bogart
Lauren Bacall
John Ridgely
Martha Vickers
Dorothy Malone
Peggy Knudsen





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A private detective witnesses murder and a serious of criminal events during his investigation - he is not sure who to believe or who to love.

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Yojimbo 03/10/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Private eye Philip Marlowe is hired to investigate the blackmail of a young heiress but when the corpses start to pile up, he realises that the case has more than meets the eye. I love Film Noir, and Bogart for me is the best of its leading men. Bogart and Bacall have one of the greatest screen partnerships and Chandler was one of the best exponents of the art of the detective story. The plot has more twists and turns than a sidewinder that's swallowed a corkscrew, it involves a femme fatale who could melt a polar ice cap and dialogue that's more hard boiled than beelzebub's breakfast egg. It just doesn't get any better than this. The greatest Noir ever made.

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mitchellyoung 12/04/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Such an iconic noir - everything is classic, from the beautifully lit black and white cinematography to the slyly written lines. Bogart gives a weathered and rough performance, one of the best of his career. It's easy to forget that a lot of things that are now detective movie cliches were done here first.

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Topher 04/28/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Based on the Raymond Chandler novel, with a screenplay partially written by Faulkner, this flick pretty much sets the standard for classic Noir movies. Which is to say, a lot of it will seem totally cliche because it's been done so many times since. The script is phenomenol, if you like smart-alec-y one-liners and comebacks. Bogart taught Bond how to be Bond.

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Allison 12/26/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I know this is supposed to be a classic film, but I didn't like it at all.

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Alex 12/22/2006 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I take back my original review. This is actually a great movie. Bogart's best besides Sierra Madre. More complex and engaging than Maltese Falcon. i like the characters and the girls better. See it as 40's mystery and you will enjoy!

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01/06/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Big Sleep, My Favorite movie

Today, I want to share with you my favorite film of all time, The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, in her second round with my childhood idle. This is a masterpiece by director Howard Hawks. The mood is so compelling it pulls you right back into 1946.
A few years back I watched this film every night for over 3 weeks straight. I would turn the lights off in my living room and hit the video tape; this was back in the old days, years ago, waaaaaay before DVD. We still had remotes then, they weighed about four pounds. The movie would kick in wherever it left off. If the movie had only 20 minutes left, I would watch it to the end, start over and watch it again.

I immersed myself in the film. Every night after the wife and kids went to bed I headed into Bogie Land....

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