The Big Sleep

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2046 | 116 min. minutes | Rated NR

Humphrey Bogart spars with Lauren Bacall in Howard Hawks’ 1946 adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s book. There’s murder, blackmail, intrigue, and innuendo, and despite the convoluted plot (not even Chandler could figure out who killed the chauffeur), Bogie, as Philip Marlowe, does a great job of keeping pace with the audience, tugging on his earlobe in nervous confusion. This is prototypical noir, and a fantastic detective movie; what’s more, Marlowe’s success with the ladies is obvious inspiration for another famous film dick—you might know him as Bond.

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Film Credits
Director
Howard Hawks
Cast
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone