• Roger Joseph Ebert

    ★★★★★ Added by Roger Joseph Ebert

    Two of the names mentioned most often in Howard Hawks' "The Big Sleep" (1946) are Owen Taylor and Sean Regan. One is the chauffeur for the wealthy Sternwood family. The other is an Irishman hired by old Gen. Sternwood "to do his drinking for him." Neither is ever seen alive; Regan has disappeared mysteriously before the movie begins, and Taylor's body is hauled from the Pacific after his Packard runs off a pier. Were they murdered? And does it even…


  • Baz Film

    ★★★★★ Watched by Baz Film 09 Mar, 2014 2


    More twists than an Alton Towers roller coaster.

    More cigarettes than outside an airport departures lounge

    More sexier than my profile picture

    More cooler than a polar bears toe nail

    More Bogey than The African Queen and Casablanca combined

    More noir than Chinatown

    More everything.

    The more I think I about it, the more I loved it.

    More please!


  • Nate

    ★★★★★ Added by Nate

    Classic film noir, a must see. The plot will only get more confusing the more you watch - don't worry, that's supposed to happen.


  • Conrad Rothbaum

    ★★★★★ Watched by Conrad Rothbaum 20 Jan, 2014

    The best mysteries are the ones that make you care about the characters so much that you need them resolved for yourself. Les Diaboliques comes to mind. This is one as well.

    The chemistry between Bacall and Bogart is so pure and electrifying that one simply needs to see them have a happy ending. And the danger is that, in noir, no such promises can be made.

    A true classic.


  • Chuck Pedroza

    ★★★★★ Watched by Chuck Pedroza 16 Jan, 2014

    Noir at its best. A fantastic script, a complicated, rich story with tension, turns and some surprises. The script is as witty as it can get and Bacall's and Bogie's performance are spot on, perfectly timed and charming as hell. Might be one of new favorite movies.


  • Steve Moyle

    ★★★★★ Added by Steve Moyle

    Howard Hawks is a big name in cinema as we should all know but is a filmmaker that I'm yet to explore, my first film from him was an absolute treasure. It stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, it's a very complex murder mystery which kept me in awe throughout. It's one of those films where I kept thinking I was pretty sure that I knew what was about to happen but the story was so well written that this…


  • Jenny

    ★★★★★ Watched by Jenny 03 Dec, 2013

    Love the chemistry between these two, and love Phillip Marlowe, so it's hard to go wrong. I didn't even care that it was black and white.


  • HJackson

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by HJackson 01 Jan, 2014

    What better proof of the skill of its filmic author Howard Hawks, and of its peerless star Humphrey Bogart, than the fact that THE BIG SLEEP remains one of the most wildly entertaining of the great films noir despite being rendered utterly incomprehensible by Hollywood censorship?

    The carefully woven plot - replete in Chandler's novel with smutty pornographers, then-taboo homosexual love affairs, and morally bankrupt sexual promiscuity - is gutted here to conform to the demands of the Hollywood censorship…


  • Jordan Harper

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Jordan Harper 20 Nov, 2013

    Quintessential noir, one of my favourite movies that I've found gets wittier the older I get.


  • cschack

    ★★★★★ Added by cschack

    Endlessly watchable.


  • Justin Powell

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Justin Powell 19 Aug, 2013

    The masterpiece so confusing a body is left unclaimed.


  • syxxpac

    ★★★★★ Added by syxxpac

    I'd been putting it off for a while because I'd wanted to read the book first, but since I couldn’t find a copy for the life of me, I went for it. Even if it’s missing some of the overt noir style of its contemporaries like The Third Man or Double Indemnity, the story is still vintage Chandler with its complex web of twists and turns that ended up confusing even its author, and Bogie and Bacall still burn up…