Chandler's first novel introduced private detective Philip Marlowe, and THE BIG SLEEP set the standard for private detective movies. Down-at-the-heels private eye Marlowe gets the assignment to clean up after the daughters of a dying millionaire, but dead people have a nasty habit of trailing in their wake. The famously tortuous story line (Hawks supposedly asked Chandler to clarify a plot point about the murder of the family chauffeur; the novelist hadn't a clue as to who did the deed) seems beside the point when Bogart and Bacall are onscreen. The final release was recut to include more of their scenes together. A must! Remade in 1978.
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"...The chemistry between Bogart and Bacall is so blatant it's no surprise to learn they were married the same year. A joy..." -- 5 out of 5 starsTotal Film - John Wrathall (03/01/2000)"...It is one of the great film noirs, a black-and-white symphony..."Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (06/22/1997)"...Watch Bogart and Lauren Bacall settle into their second flick together -- madly in love..."Entertainment Weekly - Entertainment Weekly Staff (01/11/2002)
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