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Big Sleep (1946)

Director: Howard Hawks     Starring: Humphrey Bogart
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202546854
UPC: 012569676817
UPC 14: 00012569676817
Rating: NR
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The Picture They Were Born For!
Detective phillip marlowe is hired to find out who is blackmailing a millionaire's daughter.

"The sultry mood, the incredibly witty script and the performances are impeccable.  Geoff Andrew, Time Out Film Guide
"Classic mystery thriller...unforgettable dialogue...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's 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.

Features

Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/25/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 114 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1946
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 67681
Video UPC UPC: 00012569676817
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Pan and Scan (TV Format)  1.33:1 [4:3]
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The Big Sleep - DVD Review
By: Paul Brenner filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 8/21/2009 2:42 PM
The Big Sleep may well be the classiest and wittiest detective thriller ever to come out of Hollywood. Under the sure hand of Howard Hawks, who provides the requisite star gloss of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, the film is full of witty and smart dialogue, concocted with the aid of such stellar writers as William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, Jules Furthman, and the uncredited Philip Epstein. In The Big Sleep, the plot is virtually irrelevant. The main kick is to see Bogart as Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe investigating an assortment of shady characters in full film noir mode....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Humphrey Bogart
Video Cast Info John Ridgely
Video Cast Info Lauren Bacall
Video Cast Info Martha Vickers
Video Cast Info Christian Nyby - Editor
Video Cast Info Howard Hawkes - Producer
Video Cast Info Howard Hawkes - Director
Video Cast Info Jack L. Warner - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Max Steiner - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Raymond Chandler - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Sidney Hickox - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info William Faulkner, et. al. - Screenplay
Plot 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

"My, my, my. Such a lot of guns around town and so few brains." ---- Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart)

"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

"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

"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

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."

Professional Reviews

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

Boxoffice Magazine 9 of 10
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...

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Bogart,Humphrey
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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