The Big Sleep is an unrelenting series of screw jobs that keeps the viewer on their toes and at times just as much of a victim as the parade of suckers that compose the cast of supporting characters. Bogart and Bacall's chemistry is undeniable and the movie is a big-scale example of film noir at its finest. The dialogues is superb and the scene with Dorothy Malone left me with a new definition for the word "wanting."
While not as strong on performances, grit and story as Houstons seminal MALTESE FALCON, this does boast a parade of gorgeous actresses from the period, cracking dialog and fantastic war-rationing detail (gasoline stickers in cars and rationing slang only in use during WWII). Great flick.
One of the best American films noir ever made. Astonishing supporting cast including a 21 years old Dorothy Malone as a sexy bookkeeper, Elisha Cook Jr. as an unlucky boyfriend and Martha Vickers as Bacall's alcoholic and nymphomaniac younger sister. A film that doesn't grow old.
Dizzying, sexy, atmospheric, labyrinthine, dark, funny, and exciting-what a noir should be. Maintains a constant forward momentum despite convoluted plot, not allowing the viewer to dwell on the improbabilities of its plot twists. Faulkner's script and Hawks' direction is superb, and the cast is perfect. Even supporting players with lone scenes make an impression. This is what the image I get when I think of Bogart.
Everything comes together here for a classic noir. The script from Faulkner, Brackett, and Furthman makes Chandler's dialog crackle. Hawks' direction is superb as usual. And the chemistry and attraction between Bogart and Bacall is electric. A classic example of noir that should be seen by all fans of classic cinema.