• Rick Burin

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

    Pre-release version (1945) ****


    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…


  • Artorias

    ★★★★★ Watched by Artorias 21 Apr, 2015 3

    The Big Sleep has my third favorite screenplay of all time, I mean, the plot is highly intriguing, it takes constant turns and it becomes an old-fashioned bloodbath where everybody seems to get killed but what really shines is the perfect dialogue, it's witty, fast, it's comically stylized and always subversive which makes it thrilling as hell, every line is pure poetry which is great since this is a talky film. And there's no one like Howard Hawks to tell this story since he makes in two hours what others would make in five, the masterpiece's pumped with never stopping energy, leaving no dull moment.


  • 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.


  • Cass Nicholas

    ★★★★★ Watched by Cass Nicholas 24 Feb, 2015

    ughhhhhhhhhhhh I can't describe how much I love this


  • KasperL

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by KasperL 22 Jan, 2015

    Bogart IS Marlowe. And the dialogue is this freaking cool: "I don't mind if you don't like my manners, I don't like them myself. They are pretty bad. I grieve over them on long winter evenings."


  • Alec Price

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Alec Price 17 Jan, 2015

    A fiendishly convoluted noir, The Big Sleep is a masterclass in obfuscation, hiding its mysteries within a near impenetrable labyrinthine structure, where who killed who is ultimately rendered an abstract question. Bogart is on top form as the most famous of P.I. Philip Marlowe's screen incarnations, and he's matched by the bewitching Lauren Bacall, their sparkling interplay fizzing with sexual chemistry. Indeed, given the constraints of the Production Code, Hawks' renowned adaptation of Chandler's lurid pulp fiction is impressively bawdy, where friskiness abounds even in rare book stores. Delightfully devious.


  • Noel Hahn

    ★★★★★ Watched by Noel Hahn 13 Jan, 2015

    2015: 52 Weeks of Film: Week 3, Film 1 of 3

    Being a huge fan of Film Noir, specifically 1940's Film Noir, it is not a surprise that I liked this film so much.

    The writing, quick banter and innuendos are perfect. Humphrey Bogart is his usual self- the brooding detective with a bite to him. And the female leads have some gumption to them.

    Overall, fantastic.


  • Lars Sieval

    ★★★★★ Watched by Lars Sieval 17 Dec, 2014

    The Big Sleep, a amazing movie with some amazing performances and dialogue. The story isn't bad either but sometimes confusing, at least for me. But what made this such an amazing ride was the script. The conversations between the characters are just epic and when you have Bogart in 99% of the scenes it can't go wrong. Here he is just epic as Private Detective Philip Marlowe. Martha Vickers should've had more screentime because all the scenes with her were…


  • Colonel_Dax

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Colonel_Dax 07 Dec, 2014

    The best.


  • Devon Seltzer

    ★★★★★ Watched by Devon Seltzer 22 Nov, 2014 2

    ***Continuing My Education: Lesson #35***

    Guns as loud as cannons. Sharp witty dialogue delivered at machine gun speed. Beautiful and dangerous dames. Wafting smoke and glasses of booze. A murder plot with more twists then the pretzel booth at the county fair. Humphrey Bogart in a pinstripe suit. If those reasons aren't enough for you to want to see The Big Sleep, then clearly you and I have different definitions of great cinema.

    Truth be told, The Big Sleep isn't…


  • Malick Kaufman

    ★★★★★ Watched by Malick Kaufman 21 Nov, 2014

    Film #5 of Noir-vember

    More like the Big Freaking Awesome Movie.

    That is all.


  • Baz_Film

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Baz_Film 05 Nov, 2014

    ***Watched as part of Noir-November film challenge***

    "She tried to sit in my lap while I was standing up" - Philip Marlowe

    Oh, Marlowe you smooth bastard.

    A classy, top-notch noir that with each and every watch draws you in to this corrupt word of 1940's gangsters, thieves, pornographer's and private detectives. Bogey and Bacall are a prefect match; their back and forth dialogue between one another is what makes Hawks' film as memorable as it is. Simply perfect to the end.