• Hedwig

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Hedwig 25 Jul, 2014

    Still a lot of fun. Still couldn't explain the plot.

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  • Eri

    ★★★★ Watched by Eri 24 Jul, 2014

    Watching Bogart deliver the witty and sarcastic dialogue in Hawks' classic is one of the most enjoyable experiences you can have with film-noir. Faulkner and Brackett were really on their "A" game with the screenplay. Bogart and Bacall's chemistry was so perfect and charismatic, it's easy to see why they were married until he died. Bacall went from noir classics to getting punched on The Sopranos. She's had quite the career. Their presences onscreen demand your full attention and it's…

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  • SLionsCricket

    ★★★★½ Watched by SLionsCricket 06 Jul, 2014 4

    Though criticized for its convoluted plot and overuse of characters, Howard Hawks masterpiece The Big Sleep is one of cinema's defining film-noirs. With endless plot, action, excitement and suspense, Hawks' The Big Sleep is one of cinema's finest films, not for story, but for pure entertainment. In an era such as this, Hawks' The Big Sleep marks one of the few most consistently entertaining and gripping masterpieces.

    Philip Marlowe, a private detective, is hired by the rich Sternwood family to…

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  • Trash Cinema

    ★★½ Added by Trash Cinema

    Hmm its a classic and you have to respect them but the movie is better due to the chemistry between bacall and bogart than actually because of the twists and the plot that I found rather dumb and with way too many holes...there are movies from that time that still hang better than this one...

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  • bmart17

    ★★★★½ Watched by bmart17 07 Jul, 2014

    Hawks' film adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel may not be as faithful as it could have been, but for the purposes of the medium, it's one of the best noir films to come out.

    Bogart's Marlowe is an interesting detective that doesn't drop the tough guy routine, but doesn't need to venture into gangster/mobster territory either, hardly using a gun or resorting to those sorts of things. Best of all, Bogart maintains humor throughout his performance, with the delivery of…

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  • Emmett Foss

    ★★★★★ Watched by Emmett Foss 06 Jul, 2014

    Fuck this was great. Bogie and Bacall are obviously great, and the whole film was really engaging to watch. I absolutely loved it.

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  • ndoane

    ★★★★ Rewatched by ndoane 04 Jul, 2014

    Seriously, the casting director must have had a ball with this one. "we need a taxi driver" "lets make it an attractive young women!"

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  • JC13

    ★★★★½ Watched by JC13 03 Jun, 2014 7

    Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep is a strange film to say the least. What I mean is, the plot is hard to follow and even when it was over I still wasn't sure I'd gotten everything. Its definitely a film that screams for repeat viewings, which is something that I look forward to because despite it being hard to follow I loved it! Bogart and Bacall are fantastic together and I am now interested to see their other work together. They were a couple in real life which is a big part of their amazing chemistry together in this one. 8.5/10

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  • Warren

    ★★★★ Watched by Warren 01 Jul, 2014

    I read Raymond Chandler's book some years ago. I'm not surprised that this adaptation went light on the underground porn ring, but it's a little disappointing to see that glazed over. Bogart is a fine Marlowe, and his delivery is fun. I was hoping we would see more of the lady he chats with in the second bookstore, something about her grabbed me. All in all, we have a really good noir film. This disc I got, though... I'm sure…

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  • Zachary Zahos

    ★★★½ Watched by Zachary Zahos 28 Jun, 2014

    Damn, film noirs were sexy. The plot is a notorious mess, and I realize I am not so enamored with the genre because it is often confounding, forwarding the plot through chatty dialogue chock full of proper nouns. But the dialogue is still so smart it belongs in a novel (wonder who wrote it?) and Hawks was so magical with blocking (there's not one redundant cut in here) that that suggestion now strikes me as sacrilegious and stupid.

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  • Dustin Sells

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Dustin Sells 25 Jun, 2014

    Warning fangirling below:

    I love this movie so much. Everything is perfect: the editing, the pacing, the dialogue, the shot composition, the costuming, the sets, and the performances...oh the performances! I'm not just talking about Bogart and Bacall who are incendiary, but even the eight line extras are absolutely perfect.

    The plot is dense but follow-able if one pays attention. Every aspiring filmmaker should be required to watch it.

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  • Richard Doyle

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Richard Doyle 16 Jun, 2014

    A really great adaptation of the Raymond Chandler novel that uses Bogart's and Bacall's chemistry and Howard Hawks' talent for directing dialogue to grate effect. The Production Code makes it difficult to deal with the novel's pornography and drug use, but it is handled well ... I don't think anybody watching the film could be the least bit confused about what isn't explicity mentioned. My one strong reservation is that one of the movie's greatest strengths ... Bogart and Bacall's chemistry ... leads to a anticlimactic ending that replaces the novel's magnificent defeatism with an unearned upbeat ending.

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