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2,302 Ratings

The Long Goodbye

Directed by Robert Altman
United States, 1973
Crime, Drama, Thriller


In the middle of the night, private eye Philip Marlowe drives his friend Terry Lennox to the Mexican border. When Marlowe returns home police are waiting for him and learns that Terry’s wife Sylvia has been killed. He’s arrested as an accessory but released after a few days.

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The Long Goodbye Directed by Robert Altman

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  • El Biffo's rating of the film The Long Goodbye

    Robert Altman's greatest film. On my personal all-time top 10. See it on a big screen, if possible, to fully appreciate Vilmos Zsigmond's "flashing" technique. Listen for 22 renditions of the theme song by John Williams and Johnny Mercer. Arnold Schwarznegger refuses to discuss this film. After smashing a coke bottle in his girlfriends face, Marty Augustine tells Marlowe "That's someone I love. You I don't even like"

  • Jason's rating of the film The Long Goodbye

    Timeless story of a man and his cat. The term "hardboiled" denotes a kind of thick-skinned philosophy. It extends beyond Chandler and co. Writers as disparate as Henry Miller and Jean Genet traffic in it. Elliott Gould is an especially blasé kind of hardboiled. Here we have a movie star as great as any who preceded him. His best before date appears to have arrived too soon, but in 1973 he and Altman were untouchable.

  • Ethan's rating of the film The Long Goodbye

    Altman's greatest achievement. Elliot Gould is by far the greatest Philip Marlowe and that's saying a lot since Bogart embodied the character too. The energy in this film is incredible. One day I hope to make a film with this kind of energy.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Long Goodbye

    The "It's OK with me" line has that nice ironic touch. It's that same milieu as 'Chinatown', where everyone just doesn't give a damn. There's naked women over there on a porch. It's OK with me. I have a hard time with movies in California, because that whole laid back thing makes no goddamn sense. I've been to California and the place drove me nuts.

  • Scorpio Velvet's rating of the film The Long Goodbye

    Seeing Altman's '70s film noir classic was a pretty good experience, Elliot Gould played the best PI on the screen ever and contained some of Zsigmond's most antonishing camerawork I've ever seen since De Palma's BLOW OUT. I also felt about how the storyline had its twists & turns sometimes but all I focused was the mystery itself along with Gould, Zsigmond's camerawork, and the rest. A good film noir to watch, too.

  • ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film The Long Goodbye

    Am I the only one who couldn't stop seeing Spike Spiegel instead of Phillip Marlowe? The very laid-back and elegant way he walks, runs, smokes, jokes, talks, etc. all made this feel like the perfect Cowboy Bebop film. Altman's satirical touches return as he pokes fun of all the new-age bullshit that encompassed the early 70s. Even the whole pacing of the film makes the viewer feel high and out of touch with reality.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film The Long Goodbye

    As odd of a choice as Gould is to play Phillip Marlowe he's amazing in the role. The randomness and rambling/mumbling made the movie for me. Throw in some great direction and cinematography (and a blustering Sterling Hayden) and you've got a great noir and a low-key comedy. Not nuts over the ending but if it was done for the cat I'm all for it. Definitely see the influence on Inherent Vice.

  • yuriwalker's rating of the film The Long Goodbye

    I really-really-really love the way how Altman constantly moves his camera. The way he moves around his camera when Philip Marlowe engages in some absurd yet so hilarious conversations, gives the viewer that energetic and hyperactive feel that you can only feel when you watch it. My name is Donald Duck btw.

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