The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

Elliott Gould is private eye Philip Marlowe in Robert Altman's wry, neo-noir adaptation of Raymond Chandler. Altman updates the '50s Hollywood of Chandler's novel to the 1970s.

1973Rating: R18112 minsUSA
DramaMysteryThrillerClassic
Director:
Robert Altman ('The Player', 'MASH', 'Gosford Park', 'Nashville', 'McCabe & Mrs. Miller')
Writer:
Leigh Brackett
Cast:
Elliott GouldNina Van PallandtSterling HaydenMark RydellHenry GibsonDavid ArkinArnold SchwarzeneggerJim Bouton

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The Long Goodbye / Reviews

Variety

Variety

An uneven mixture of insider satire on the gumshow film genre, gratuitous brutality, and sledgehammer whimsy.

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Time Out

Time Out

Shot in gloriously steely colours by Vilmos Zsigmond with a continually moving camera, wondrously scripted by Leigh Brackett (who worked on The Big Sleep), and superbly acted all round, it's one of the finest movies of the '70s.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Attempts the impossible and pulls it off.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

It tries to be all genre and no story, and it almost works.

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BBC

BBC

As much a crisp comment on contemporary LA (and its full-on egotism) as a tale delineating Marlowe's crime-busting pursuits.

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