Rent The Big Sleep (1946)

4.0 of 5 from 232 ratings
1h 50min
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Synopsis:
L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) takes on a blackmail case...and follows a trail peopled with murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich and more. But Raymond Chandler's legendary gumshoe solves it in hard-boiled style - and style is what 'The Big Sleep' is all about.
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Directors:
Producers:
Howard Hawks
Writers:
William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, Jules Furthman, Raymond Chandler
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/01/2020
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/11/2017
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, German DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0, Polish DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Subtitles:
Castillian, English Hard of Hearing, French, German Hard of Hearing, Latin American Spanish, Polish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • 1945 Alternate Version
  • The Big Sleep Comparisons 1945/1946
  • Introduction by Robert Gitt
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (4) of The Big Sleep

Comedy Noir. - The Big Sleep review by Steve

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Updated 04/03/2021

This production of Raymond Chandler's debut novel is the best adaptation of his work there is, and Humphrey Bogart the ultimate Philip Marlowe. He's paired with Lauren Bacall and release was held up for a year while Warner Brothers worked on their scenes together following their hit in To Have and Have Not (and marriage in real life). And their scenes are hot.

Marlowe is employed by a rich, elderly man to track down pornographic pictures of his young daughter for which he has been blackmailed. Which of course leads into a web of secrets and lies of the family's murky past which draws him down deep into the lowest strata of LA crime.

 But, meh. It's not the knotty plot complications that attracted audiences to The Big Sleep. There is a riff of murders in the middle part of the film that are barely explained, if at all. The publicity sold Bogart and Bacall and they supplied sophisticated thrills to a hungry audience adrift in post war austerity. No one does this kind of fast repartee better than Bogart and he is an equal to Chandler's brilliant wisecracks. Bacall only ever worked when with Bogart, which is fine here because she isn't on the screen for a second without him.

Her elegance and languor is a plus but arguably she is upstaged by Martha Vickers as her nymphomaniac sister and Dorothy Malone as a sexy bookshop worker. Credit too for fine work by Elisha Cook jr. as a luckless gumshoe. Hawks was a master at filling his scenes with dazzling crosstalk. The music is by Warners' best composer Max Steiner, and the photography by their stalwart Sidney Hickox is most atmospheric. It's not by any means profound, but it is gloriously entertaining.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Bogart and Bacall in superb Hollywood film noir. Great stuff! - The Big Sleep review by RP

Spoiler Alert
03/12/2014

Private eye Philip Marlowe is called in to investigate the gambling debts of a rich man's daughters and uncovers - and of course resolves - a maze of gambling, blackmail and murder.

Humphrey Bogart stars with Lauren Bacall in this superb 1946 film noir. Bogart is superb in the role of private eye Marlowe - tough, wisecracking and a bit of a ladies man. The much younger Bacall is sexy and wisecracking in return and the two spark off each other in a memorable film directed by Howard Hawks.

This was Bogart and Bacall's second film together - they had married in 1945 (he was 45 and she was 20) and remained married until Bogart's untimely death in 1957.

The on-screen relationship between them is almost tangible and with the tight direction, complex plot, small time gangsters, dark and wet locations, gunfire and fisticuffs this is a superb example of Hollywood art.

Highly recommended - 5/5 stars

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Is he as cute as you?' 'No one is.' - The Big Sleep review by AS

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29/08/2017

A shambolic labyrinthine plot, cobbled together from three Chandler short stories. So? Just enjoy Bogart and Bacall whose chemistry scorches holes in the screen; direction as sharp as gunshots; one-liners to die for.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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