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The Big Sleep

99 min
Crime | Mystery | Romance | Thriller
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Michael Winner
Country: UK
Release Date: 1978-05-10
Filming Locations: Avery Hill Park and Winter Gardens, Avery Hill Park, Bexley Road, Greenwich, London, England, UK
Oliver Reed
Oliver Reed
The Big Sleep
Robert Mitchum
Philip Marlowe
Sarah Miles
Charlotte Sternwood
Richard Boone
Lash Canino
Candy Clark
Camilla Sternwood
Joan Collins
Agnes Lozelle
Edward Fox
Joe Brody
John Mills
Inspector Jim Carson
James Stewart
General Sternwood
Harry Andrews
Colin Blakely
Harry Jones
Richard Todd
Commander Barker
Diana Quick
Mona Grant
James Donald
Inspector Gregory
John Justin
Arthur Geiger
Simon Fisher-Turner
Karl Lundgren
Martin Potter
Owen Taylor
David Savile
Rusty Regan
Dudley Sutton
Don Henderson
Tom Laughlin
Nik Forster
Joe Ritchie
Taxi Driver
Patrick Durkin
Derek Deadman
Customer in Bookshop
Judy Buxton
Cheval Club Receptionist (uncredited)
Roy Evans
Deliveryman (uncredited)
Pat Gorman
Pool Player in Pub (uncredited)
David Jackson
Inspector Willis (uncredited)
Brian Miller
Casino Waiter (uncredited)
Norman Mitchell
Doorman at Eddie's Club (uncredited)
Barry Purchese
Eddie's Bodyguard
Cy Town
Casino Patron (uncredited)
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The movie changed both the setting and the era of the story from Raymond Chandler's source novel. The book was set in 1940s Los Angeles whereas this movie is set in 1970s London.
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Robert Mitchum's interpretation and characterization of Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe detective character was much older and world-weary than the earlier cinematic incarnations of the Marlowe private eye.
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Robert Mitchum impressed Oliver Reed on set by drinking a bottle of gin in 55 minutes.
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Karl Lundgren shot Joe Brody four times , then two shots at Philip Marlowe just outside of Joe Brodys flat and then continue to shoot while running away. Thats too many shot for a standard 6 shot revolver.
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In the night of Geigers murder, Marlowe returns to Geigers home in a Taxi (20:18) with a numberplate 7077. Next day Marlowe follows a truck from Geigers shop (25:26) in a taxi with the same plate 7077 after stopping the taxi in the street.
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Near the end, when Marlowe and Eddie are in Geiger's house, Marlowe shoots Eddie twice and Eddie runs out. He is shot by his waiting thugs as he exits the house and bullets come through the door. When Marlowe goes to close the door, the bullet pattern the shots created has changed significantly.
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Philip Marlowe: So many guns lately; so few brains.
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Philip Marlowe: What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a stagnant lake or in a marble tower on the top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that. Oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell. Me, I was part of the nastiness now. Far more a part of it than Rusty Regan was. But the old man didn't have to be. He could lie quiet in his canopied bed, with his bloodless hands folded on the sheet, waiting. His heart was a brief, uncertain murmur. His thoughts were as gray as ashes. And in a little while he too, like Rusty Regan, would be sleeping the big sleep.
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Philip Marlowe: Such a lot of guns around town and so few brains!
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Photos from cast
Oliver Reed