The Big Sleep

"Extraordinary"

The Big Sleep Review


There's little else I can add to what's been written about this proto-noir, one of the archetypes of the genre and a showstopper for Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, who spar through a catty romance while dancing through a taut mystery that has dead bodies turning up at every turn. (Bogie is assigned to look after Bacall's kid sister, who's prone to trouble. Martha Vickers, as young Carmen, almost steals the show; pay attention to her underrated performance.) With Howard Hawks and William Faulkner in charge here, there's simply not much to complain about.


The Big Sleep

Facts and Figures

Genre: Thriller

Run time: 114 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 31st August 1946

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: Warner Bros. Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Fresh: 50 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 8.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Philip Marlowe, as Vivian Sternwood Rutledge, John Ridgely as Eddie Mars, Martha Vickers as Carmen Sternwood, as Acme Bookstore proprietress, Peggy Knudsen as Mona Mars, as Gen. Sternwood, Regis Toomey as Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls, Charles D. Brown as Norris, Elisha Cook, Jr. as Harry Jones, Louis Jean Heydt as Joe Brody, as Lash Canino


Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Amy Movie Review

Amy Movie Review

As with his Formula One documentary Senna, filmmaker Asaf Kapadia cleverly uses archival footage to...

Terminator Genisys Movie Review

Terminator Genisys Movie Review

This declining franchise really needed a jolt to the head, but the producers disappointingly opt...

Magic Mike XXL Movie Review

Magic Mike XXL Movie Review

Resisting the temptation to capitalise on the camp value of these characters, Channing Tatum and...

She's Funny That Way Movie Review

She's Funny That Way Movie Review

Wacky enough to make us smile but never laugh out loud, this screwball comedy harks...

Advertisement
Everly Movie Review

Everly Movie Review

A relentless onslaught of violent action, this movie is notable mainly because there's a woman...

Slow West Movie Review

Slow West Movie Review

First-time feature filmmaker John Maclean takes a strikingly original approach to the Western, creating a...

Mr. Holmes Movie Review

Mr. Holmes Movie Review

Despite this being a film about Sherlock Holmes, the fact that it's not much of...

Entourage Movie Review

Entourage Movie Review

Both shameless and shamelessly entertaining, this relentlessly boyish movie carries on exactly as the TV...

Advertisement