• 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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  • s

    ★★★½ Watched by s 19 Jun, 2014

    When one thinks of Old Hollywood, a film like Casablanca will quickly jump to mind: black and white, classic, modest. At least, much more family friendly than most romances of recent years. However, what these old films lacked in overt sexuality was more than compensated for with decades worth of near palpable sexual tension.

    If you've watched Double Indemnity, think back to a scene on a couch where Walter holds Phyllis as she rests her head on his shoulder. Cut…

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  • Jaybirdsplace

    ★★★★ Added by Jaybirdsplace

    A rather convoluted screenplay threatens to undermine this highly reputed entry in the film noir genre. Fortunately, anchoring the proceedings is Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe, appearing in almost every frame of the film. Bogart’s ability to look suave when he’s womanizing, drinking, or even getting beaten up by a pair of thugs helps the viewer connect with at least one person while a dizzying cast of characters and names come and go.

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  • John Jay

    ★★★★ Watched by John Jay 19 Jun, 2014

    It took a bit extra effort to understand exactly what was going on in this film. The dialogue, as fantastic and enjoyable as it is, is rapid-fired throughout, and each twist and turn, as convoluted as they are, seem to be less than important.

    It was a fun watch, especially while noticing films it has inspired (Lebowski, Brick). It was difficult, and while I enjoyed it, I'm not sure I got all of it that I should have.

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