Big Sleep

Directed By: Howard Hawks Starring: Humphrey Bogart

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Detective phillip marlowe is hired to find out who is blackmailing a millionaire's daughter.


Studio Warner
SKU 202546854
UPC 012569676817
UPC 14 00012569676817
Format DVD
Release Date 7/25/2006
Rating NR
Film Noir
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Chandler's first novel introduced private detective Philip Marlowe, and THE BIG SLEEP set the standard for private detective movies. Down-at-the-heels private eye Marlowe gets the assignment to clean up after the daughters of a dying millionaire, but dead people have a nasty habit of trailing in their wake. The famously tortuous story line (Hawks supposedly asked Chandler to clarify a plot point about the murder of the family chauffeur; the novelist hadn't a clue as to who did the deed) seems beside the point when Bogart and Bacall are onscreen. The final release was recut to include more of their scenes together. A must! Remade in 1978.
Plot Summary
Summary Private investigator Philip Marlowe is thrust into a world of drugs, sex, blackmail, and murder when he agrees to protect a rich man's reckless, uncontrollable daughter.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "My, my, my. Such a lot of guns around town and so few brains." -- Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart)
Quote "You may smoke, too. I can still enjoy the smell of it. Nice thing when a man has to indulge his vices by proxy." -- General Sternwood (Charles Waldron) to Marlowe
Quote "So you're a private detective. I didn't know they existed, except in books - or else they were greasy little men snooping around hotel corridors. My, you're a mess, aren't you?" -- Vivian Sherwood Rutledge (Lauren Bacall) to Marlowe
Quote "If I seem a bit sinister as a parent, Mr. Marlowe, it's because my hold on life is too slight to include any Victorian hypocrisy. I need hardly add that any man who has lived as I have and indugles for the first time in parenthood at the age of 55 deserves all he gets." -- General to Marlowe
Quote Marlowe to Vivian -- "Speaking of horses... you've got a touch of class, but I don't know how far you can go."|Vivian -- "A lot depends on who's in the saddle. Go ahead Marlowe. I like the way you work. In case you don't know it, you're doing all right."
Total Film "...The chemistry between Bogart and Bacall is so blatant it's no surprise to learn they were married the same year. A joy..." -- 5 out of 5 stars 03/01/2000 p.84
Chicago Sun-Times "...It is one of the great film noirs, a black-and-white symphony..." 06/22/1997 p.4
Entertainment Weekly "...Watch Bogart and Lauren Bacall settle into their second flick together -- madly in love..." 01/11/2002 p.28
Howard Hawks
Humphrey Bogart
Cast & Crew
Christian Nyby - Editor
Howard Hawkes - Producer
Howard Hawkes - Director
Humphrey Bogart - Actor
Jack L. Warner - Executive Producer
John Ridgely - Actor
Lauren Bacall - Actor
Martha Vickers - Actor
Max Steiner - Original Music By
Raymond Chandler - Based On Novel By
Sidney Hickox - Cinematographer
William Faulkner, et. al. - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1946
Catalog ID 67681
UPC 00012569676817
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 114 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Pan and Scan (TV Format)  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource Boxoffice Magazine
Review It's Bogart from action start to gun-blazing finish, with excellent support from Lauren Bacall and all others of the cast. Plenty of high-wire suspense and unexpected situations that call for nail-nibbling or chair-arm twisting...Highly recommended for fans who like their whodunits highly seasoned...
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Bogart,Humphrey
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Geoff Andrew, Time Out Film Guide The sultry mood, the incredibly witty script and the performances are impeccable.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Classic mystery thriller...unforgettable dialogue...

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