• Nick van Lieshout

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Nick van Lieshout 21 Aug, 2015

    A plot so complex, even the author didn't know who killed one of the characters!

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  • Joseph Blackwell

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Joseph Blackwell 18 Aug, 2015

    This along with 'Out of the Past' is in my opinion one of the best examples of Film Noir, with fantastic direction from Howard Hawks and an absolutely iconic central performance from Humphrey Bogart as Phillip Marlowe.

    One of the joys of reading the work of Raymond Chandler is the world that he creates, with a multitude of characters interacting with the 'shamus' at it's centre, some of them may actually impact on the plot, others make an appearance never…

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  • Ellie Namatinia

    ★★★★★ Watched by Ellie Namatinia 16 Aug, 2015

    Amazing film. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to everyone. One thing I would say is that I will watch this film again to get a better view of the different angles used when shooting the film.

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  • Luís Henrique Ribeiro de Morais

    ★★★★★ Watched by Luís Henrique Ribeiro de Morais 05 Jul, 2015

    Uma trama extremamente complexa que se preocupa quase que exclusivamente em conduzir o espectador para o âmago da confusão em que todas as histórias convergem. Até as descobertas mais triviais só vem à tona depois de elaboradas investigações, regadas de diálogos velozes, cínicos, proferidos por um grupo bastante diversificado de personagens. Bogart numa atuação impecável, destacando Phillip Marlowe dos protagonistas noir brutos, blasés e sarcásticos, adicionando empatia e um humor sagaz que, em alguns momentos, beira as caricaturas das comédias.…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Gabirus

    ★★★★★ Watched by Gabirus 02 Jun, 2015

    So badass and so cool....

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  • Alberto Celma

    ★★★★★ Watched by Alberto Celma 23 May, 2015

    It goes from point A to point B without explanation, so no wonder the first reaction to this movie is going to be being at lost. The plot is convoluted; there are a couple of characters appearing with their own agendas that add to the general confusion. But it’s a testament to this movie's greatness that it doesn’t matter, not because a lack of logical conclusions –it has, sort of- but because the main thing is to watch it unfold.…

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  • Rick Burin

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Rick Burin 03 May, 2015

    Pre-release version (1945) ****

    *A FEW SPOILERS*

    The Big Sleep is one of the most purely entertaining films of the 1940s, a zingy, slangy, sexy slice of film noir that takes full advantage of a classic Raymond Chandler story, a script by three of the best writers in Hollywood (including Leigh Brackett, who co-wrote Rio Bravo and The Empire Strikes Back), and Bogie and Bacall's sizzling chemistry.

    Shabby detective Philip Marlowe (Bogart) is hired by the ailing General Sternwood (Charles…

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  • Michael Strenski

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Michael Strenski 15 Mar, 2015

    The best Chandler adaptation. The best Bogart-Bacall film. The funniest movie of 1946. The best noir of them all.

    And yet it's not the best Howard Hawks film. That's how good that bastard was.

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