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The Long Goodbye (1973)
Drama, Suspense/Thriller
 
It's OK with me.... Applying his deconstructive eye to the film noir tradition, Robert Altman updated Raymond Chandler in his 1973 version of Chandler's novel, The Long Goodbye. Smart-aleck, cat-loving private eye Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) is certain that his friend Terry Lennox (Jim Bouton) isn't a wife-killer, even after the cops throw Marlowe in jail for not cooperating with their investigation into Lennox's subsequent disappearance. Once he gets out of jail, Marlowe starts to conduct his own search when he discovers that mysterious blonde Eileen Wade (Nina Van Pallandt), who hired him to find her alcoholic novelist husband Roger (Sterling Hayden), lives on the same Malibu street as the absent Lennox and his deceased spouse. As numerous variations on the title song play in unexpected places, Marlowe encounters a shady doctor (Henry Gibson), a bottle-wielding gangster (director Mark Rydell), and a guard aping Barbara Stanwyck (among other stars), before heading to Mexico to stumble onto the truth once and for all.~ Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide Rated R .
 
Cast: Sterling Hayden, Elliott Gould, Henry Gibson, Nina Van Pallandt, Mark Rydell
Produced by: Jerry Bick
Directed by: Robert Altman
Written by: Raymond Chandler, Leigh Brackett
Running time: 1hr 52min
Opens: Mar 07, 1973 Limited
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