• Steven Cohen

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Steven Cohen 05 Apr, 2015

    The Big Sleep is a bit of a puzzle (even to its creators), but it moves along at such a pace - and Humphrey Bogart is so good - that it really doesn't matter.

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  • Jeffrey Atwood

    ★★★★½ Watched by Jeffrey Atwood 20 Jun, 2015 2

    Ryan Gosling is still my favorite actor, but Humphrey Bogart definitely always had one of the best and coolest onscreen presences ever. Even if you have no idea what's going on in this movie (the plot is pretty complex for a crime/detective mystery), just watching Bogart and Bacall play off one another is a great way to spend a couple of hours. This is seriously one of the wittiest screenplays I've come across in my whole life. Even if some…

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  • Gary Busey

    ★★★★★ Watched by Gary Busey 28 Jun, 2015

    The Big Sleep is one of the most seductively staged noir crime thrillers to come out of the 40's, propelled by it's incredible lead performances from Bogart and Bacall. It's plot is a bit convoluted, but to any viewer able to appreciate noir elements, the film is a treat. It is arguable a high point in the 40's affair with the English language, and is incredibly well directed and acted.

    If only I knew what was going on...

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  • Eric

    ★★★★ Watched by Eric 22 Jun, 2015

    At about the halfway point of The Big Sleep, private investigator Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) is paid off by his employer and told to back off the case that he’s been following. He simply can’t. When asked why he keeps prolonging his involvement, he sighs, “Too many people told me to stop.” And so he presses on, even as gun-wielding mugs continue to emerge from the shadows, the newest pieces in a neverending web. The audience has an especially rough…

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  • Silversaxophone

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Silversaxophone 24 Jun, 2015

    If Raymond Chandler didn't conceive his Marlowe as Bogart it's only because Bogart as a screen persona didn't exist when Chandler wrote his novel. For Bogart is the definitive Marlowe, a more optimistic and happier version of Chandler's character. In some ways he's similar to Hammett's Sam Spade, but he's not a bastard and his sense of irony is playful rather than cynical. He's part of a similar reinterpretation Howard Hawks gave to Hemingway's To Have or Have Not where…

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  • Andrew Glass

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Andrew Glass 22 Jun, 2015

    I don't care if this is a big studio cash in on the noir genre that pretty much ignored any semblance of making sense. I don't care if this was more or less a vehicle for Lauren Bacall to get her career back on track.

    It's great!

    I don't remember every female character in Chandler's book throwing herself at Phillip Marlowe. But I'll take it. Especially the minxy book store girl who after taking off her glasses and putting down…

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  • TajLV

    ★★★★ Watched by TajLV 20 Jun, 2015 4

    Part of my 5 Directors x 5 Unseen Films (4) challenge.

    Director Howard Hawks had plenty of expert help in bringing Raymond Chandler's first Philp Marlowe detective novel to the big screen. Working on the screenplay was a team of three writers led by noted author William Faulkner, who would win the Nobel Prize for literature a few years later. Hawks also had Oscar-winning composer Max Steiner to deliver the film's score and the financial backing of Jack L. Warner…

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  • Jeff

    ★★★★ Watched by Jeff 19 Jun, 2015

    Vivian: What will your first step be?
    Philip Marlowe: The usual one.
    Vivian: I didn't know there was a usual one.
    Philip Marlowe: Well sure there is, it comes complete with diagrams on page 47 of how to be a detective in 10 easy lessons correspondent school textbook and uh, your father offered me a drink.
    Vivian: You must've read another one on how to be a comedian.
    It doesn’t get much better than Bacall and Bogie verbally sparring back…

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  • simon evans

    ★★★ Watched by simon evans 12 Jun, 2015

    A plethora of characters makes watching the Big Sleep a 'concentrate' movie. Many reviews have stated that is has an over complex plot with too many characters and that would be a slight understatement. Bogart is wonderful, Bacall overated and Dorothy Malone(in a small role) simply sizzles. Although complex, the movie is a fabulous watch and Bogey fans will have loved the script with too many throwaway lines to count. Nice to see The sexy Martha Vickers playing the nymphomaniac…

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  • Lindsey Otts

    Added by Lindsey Otts

    It's very hard to rate this film because I'm not entirely sure what was going on.

    I think I need a rewatch, badly.

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  • Kevin

    ★★★★★ Added by Kevin

    Perhaps the most extensive research paper I ever did in high school was for Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep. I broke the book down, drew outlines and diagrams, looked into patterns, read tons of published articles. Everything in the story does shockingly connect. In fact, discovering as to how they all connected made it even more fascinating then people. The movie does a really good job of adapting such a difficult book, though it does miss a few ingredients making…

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  • Kris

    ★★★★½ Watched by Kris 07 Jun, 2015

    Some of the best dialogue in cinema history. Some of the most seductive women in cinema history. Bogart doing what he does and making it seem effortless. Hawks' masterful direction. Great suspense and action. My only complaint is that the plot was a bit too convoluted for it's own good, but it's still very entertaining. Phenomenal film and a stone cold classic.

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