The definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle, The Big Sleep casts Bogart as Raymond Chandler's cynical private eye Philip Marlowe. Summoned to the home of the fabulously wealthy General Sternw... read more
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release Date: August 31, 1946
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
Stats: 1,753 reviews
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May 12, 2013
Phillip Marlowe gets embroiled in a family's drama, which quickly turns murderous.
Everything about this film is perfect. The mystery is compelling and engaging because the characters are always ahead of the audience, which is refreshing in this age when everything but flashing ...
January 9, 2012
Just watch Humphrey Bogart. Listen and enjoy. New actors...please learn something...anything.
November 14, 2011fb1664868775
Bogart gives a pitch perfect performance as Philp Marlowe in the second Hawks/Bogart/Bacall classic. This noir gem is a true treat to watch.
July 18, 2011
In Howard Hawks' 1946 film noir The Big Sleep, Humphrey Bogart is at the top of his game. In fact, while I love Ford, Hayden, Andrews, and other famous noir protagonists, Bogart's take on hardboiled detective Philip Marlowe is simply fantastic. His demeanor is stern but seemingly...
June 19, 2011
I really enjoy "The Big Sleep" for it's stylish demeanor, it's mega-wat star power and it's entertaining and twisty plot. While the film is not as refined thematically as "The Maltese Falcon," "The Big Sleep" is certainly more cinematic. Howard Hawks knows how to craft an energet...
May 14, 2011
zowie! more quotable lines than mcdonalds has fries. palpable sizzle between the leads that's palpable! and ... just for the helluvit: bogie does a number as a nerd that's a hoot! enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
May 13, 2011
Jesus Christ, where to begin? Humphrey Bogart's (who's amazing on his own here) chemistry with the sizzling Lauren Bacall is the obvious centerpiece of the movie, but Howard Hawks' direction was nothing to scoff at either. The supporting cast and the dialogue/banter definitely he...
April 29, 2011
The story involves Philip Marlowe (Bogart), being hired by a wealthy man, General Sternwood (Charles Waldron), to investigate the supposed gambling debts of a wild daughter, Carmen, played by Martha Vickers. In the course of the film, Marlowe becomes involved with pornographers, ...
February 11, 2011
The film didn't impress me as a film-noir as much as it impressed me on the funny note. Humphrey Bogart plays the role of carefree detective, with strong presence of mind, quite well. He gets some of the great lines in the movie and his timing is perfect. Though the movie failed ...
October 21, 2010
A brilliant, if sometimes complicated, story of private eye Phillip Marlowe played by Bogart. Bacall co-stars. This is a classic 40s film noir, and I highly recommend it.
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