The Big Sleep Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 550

Average Rating: 3.1/4

# of Ratings: 128

Theatrical Release Date: 08/31/1946

Language: English

Genre: Mystery, Crime

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Howard Hawks

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

Plot: 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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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/06/2019

"The Big Sleep" contains some of the slyest characters and dialogue noir films of the 1940s had to offer.

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Yojimbo - wrote on 03/10/2012

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 - wrote on 12/04/2010

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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The Big Sleep, My Favorite movie

Lenny Manzo - wrote on 01/06/2010

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 …

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