A tough, streetwise private eye is hired by an ex-con to find a missing sweetheart. In the course of his investigation he is beaten unconscious and wakes up next to a corpse, implicating him in murder and making his job even harder, but that’s just the beginning of his troubles…
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Made around the same time as The Long Goodbye but Altman knew better. Its pointless to literally adopt Chandler's text. But Robert Mitchum is great especially his voiceover.
And by the way the director is called Dick Richard, Dick Dick.
On peine à suivre l'intrigue, mais à la fin du film on se dit que ce n'est peut-être pas si grave : il y a l'ambiance, les décors, le jeu formidable de Mitchum la beauté mystérieuse de Rampling, et même Sylvester Stallone ado. Au fond, Chandler y est pour quelque chose car il est aussi limpide que ses romans sont noirs.
Since BOGART we never tire of CHANDLER stories, brought to film by HAWKS, ALTMAN, WINNER === Sur la vitre dépolie "Philip MARLOWE Private Investigator". Dans le tiroir, 1 bouteille de scotch & 2 verres. Ou le flic local (Pat CHAMBERS) appelle ou 1 femme fatale entre. Depuis BOGART on ne se lasse pas des récits de CHANDLER, portés au cinéma par HAWKS, ALTMAN, WINNER ...
Casting bonus: STALLONE & Jim THOMSON himself
Philip Marlowe is old and tired, and the whole business is a lot less sexy than it used to be. There's always a little charm to even the mildly competent baroque-genre film. But with both Mitchum and Rampling, this one's a bit special.
I love Chandler. And I felt the only good moments here was his writing. It almost felt like it was a parody. I like Mitchum, but to me he did seem too old. And Rampling's face seemed like it'd been set in some kind of Bacall mould. It didn't work.
Prescient casting; Mitchum is as sick of acting as Marlowe is of being a private eye, past it, broke and seen it all.
For the first hour it seemed amateurish, but the story,the killer lines and finally, the performances pull it all together and it gathers momentum and it ends up being great. Mitchum really was a legend; you can't keep your eyes off him, he couldn't give a fuck.