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The Long Goodbye

HD   R Closed Captioning

Robert Altman

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About the Movie

Elliott Gould portrays tough private-eye Philip Marlowe in director Robert Altman's updated version of one of Raymond Chandler's most-celebrated novels... Marlowe is awakened at 3:30 in the morning by part-time hood Terry Lennox (Jim Bouton) to drive him to Tijuana. When Marlowe returns to Los Angeles, he learns that Lennox's wife is dead--murdered--and that (of course!) Lennox is the chief suspect. Marlowe returns to his normal work and is hired by a woman to find her husband, Roger (Sterling Hayden), an author with a fondness for the bottle. More puzzles... The mob turns up; they are seeking $350,000--and they seem to think Marlowe has it! He will soon learn of Lennox's death (murder, suicide or...) in Mexico and realize that no one but himself gives a damn. That will make Marlowe VERY angry...

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

97%
  • Reviews Counted: 30
  • Fresh: 29
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [Altman] attempts the impossible and pulls it off. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Raymond Chandler's sentimental foolishness is the taking-off place for Robert Altman's heady, whirling sideshow of a movie, set in the early-seventies L.A. of the stoned sensibility. – Pauline Kael, New Yorker, Apr 18, 2016

Fresh: The Long Goodbye attacks film noir with three of his most cherished tools: Whimsy, spontaneity and narrative perversity. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Oct 13, 2017

Fresh: Simultaneously an act of revisionism as well as a parody of then-revitalizing neo-noir. – Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine, May 4, 2007

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Customer Reviews

Altman tries to Ad Lib Chandler Like he Did MASH and Fails

Simply a mess. Slow, boring and without charm. Altman assumed the rambling genius of Chandler could be transformed into an ad lib masterpiece like MASH. The result is nothing like Chandler or nothing like MASH. It doesn't even stand alone as a movie of interest. Poorly cast and devoid of any suspense.

Rip Van Marlowe

I found this take on Chandler's Marlowe character to be very enjoyable. Elliot Gould is wonderfully oblivious/nonchalant and pulls off some great improvisation. I also found the casting to be quite good, though I could have done without Arnold... Anyway, give it a go, and I don't think you'll be disappointed. Also check out California Split, another Gould movie from the same period, though it's not available on iTunes yet.

ANOTHER ALTMAN MASTERPIECE !!!

ROBERT ALTMAN REINVENTS MARLOWE. PUTS HIM IN A 70'S HAZE OF HIPPIE NEIGHBORS, A NOT SO NICE CAT, FUDGE BROWNIE MIX, A MALIBU BEACH GUARD THAT IMPERSONATES HOLLYWOOD STARS, A BUNCH OF DUMB GOONS, MEAN COPS AND A FRIEND THAT DOUBLE CROSSES HIM. SOUNDS LIKE THE BIG LEBOWSKI.... IN SOME WAYS THIS IS THE ORIGINAL DUDE. LET'S NOT FORGET THAT THE SOUNDTRACK IS GENUIS AND NOT AVAILABLE ON ITUNES (FOR SHAME) THIS MOVIE IS ONE OF ALTMANS BEST IN MY OPINION THE BEST. "IT'S OKAY WITH ME."