• JackCuellar

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by JackCuellar 16 Nov, 2015

    "Get up angel, you look like a Pekingese."


  • Bob Hovey

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Bob Hovey 31 Oct, 2015

    The plot is so convoluted even the screenwriters couldn't keep it straight. At one point they were confused enough to call Raymond Chandler (the author of the original Phillip Marlow detective yarn) in the middle of the night to find out who killed the Sternwood's chauffeur ... even he didn't know.

    The big question is, does it matter? In this case, not a bit ... Howard Hawks has given us one of the seminal film noirs, and with Humphrey Bogart…


  • JustinBateman

    ★★★★★ Added by JustinBateman

    The success of The Maltese Falcon (1941) starring Humphrey Bogart and Hawks’ own To Have and Have Not (1944) in which Bogart and Bacall showed some genuine chemistry, provided the perfect platform for The Big Sleep (1946). Raymond Chandler’s successful novel of the same name was a ‘hard-boiled’ detective thriller in which private dick Philip Marlowe investigates a blackmail plot for the ageing General Sternwood. From there, things get a whole lot more complicated, and sensibly Hawks and his writers…


  • Josito Montez

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Josito Montez 12 Oct, 2015

    Convolution before revolution. Raymond Chandler's whodunit was energetically reworked to ensure Bogart & Bacall's star chemistry; the plot has its differences from the main source, and yet it remains equally incomprehensible.
    You can tell the director and his screenwriters don't really mind. There's something way ahead of its time in how the film gets playful with its own genre, forgets any classic sense of narrative neatness, and rediscovers what movies are really about: the thrills, the tone, the atmosphere.

    The material is baroque, but Howard Hawks' direction is precise, dynamic and elegantly humorous.
    One of the greatest noirs.


  • Ryan Meyers

    ★★★★★ Added by Ryan Meyers

    This is where I usually give a one-sentence review of the plot, but, honestly, who the hell can even do that with this movie? That's so far from the point though. Upon my second viewing here, the film reminds me heavily of "Twin Peaks" in that everyone focuses on what happens in the story, but it's not about the story in the least; it's about the interactions between the characters. And, boy, what a cast of characters we get to…


  • Jack Gattanella

    ★★★★★ Added by Jack Gattanella

    Chandler never got put on the screen as well as this; Long Goodbye is a great Altman film, but it doesn't have that air of LA noir like this one does. The dialog sparkles, and a lot of it is from Chandler's text (not that Faulkner and Leigh Brackett don't pull their weight). Everything about this movie, complications and all, is classic Hollywood, among the best of the 40's.


  • 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!


  • 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…


  • 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.


  • 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.…


  • 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...


  • 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…