The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

DVD - 1978
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What appears to be a routine blackmail case for Marlowe soon spirals into murder and madness.
Audience: OFA rating: Restricted.
Must be 18 YEARS OR OLDER to borrow this item.
Publisher: Eugene OR : Timeless Media, 1978.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Big
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Jan 26, 2019

The hardboiled private eye genre originates out of the Prohibition Era in the United States. This remake of "The Big Sleep" was set in London, England in 1978. Robert Mitchum was great as Philip Marlowe. However, there is a lesson in this remake that the essential elements of the hardboiled private eye genre should not be tampered with: 1.) the setting must be the mean streets of a major American city, and 2.) the time must be either the 1930s or the 1940s. Still, it was interesting seeing how the director tries to make this film work. For fans of the hardboiled private eye genre, I would rate this remake at 3.0 stars.

Jun 28, 2018

I got a wrong (later) version, odd acting by British actors, though in 70s liberal style.

Stephen L Manning
Jun 27, 2017

Not a good film. Sarah Miles should not have been cast in this or any other movie.

7duffy Dec 22, 2014

Some good things in this remake but basically, bad 1970's filmaking. Robert Mitchum actually captures Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe better than Humphrey Bogart. Bogie played Marlowe like he was Sam Spade and they are not the same character. All the soft humor was lost. HB was great as Spade and not bad as Marlowe. Mitchum on the other hand, captures the Marlowe character's humor and humane-ness. The only problem is that Mitch is past his prime in this movie and made to strut around with 1970's longish hair and in suits with wide lapels and flair pants. If he was 5-10 years younger and the picture was done as 1930's or 40's period piece, it would have been much better. Jimmy Stewart in a small, almost cameo role, was better than the notable English supporting cast: Oliver Reed, Joan Collins, Edward Fox and Sarah Miles. Candy Clark's character belonged in "The Exorcist" not The Big Sleep. What was up with that ??? The orginal film wins out, imho, but Bob Mitchum does bring something to the role of Phillip Marlowe that Bogie did not.

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