The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

Elliott Gould is private eye Philip Marlowe in Robert Altman's wry, neo-noir adaptation of Raymond Chandler. Altman updates the '50s Hollywood of Chandler's novel to the 1970s.

1973Rating: R18+112 minsUSA
DramaMysteryThrillerClassic
Director:
Robert Altman ('The Player', 'MASH', 'Gosford Park', 'Nashville', 'McCabe & Mrs. Miller')
Writer:
Leigh Brackett
Cast:
Elliott GouldNina Van PallandtSterling HaydenMark RydellHenry GibsonDavid ArkinArnold SchwarzeneggerJim Bouton

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

An uneven mixture of insider satire on the gumshow film genre, gratuitous brutality, and sledgehammer whimsy.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Shot in gloriously steely colours by Vilmos Zsigmond with a continually moving camera, wondrously scripted by Leigh Brackett (who worked on The Big Sleep), and superbly acted all round, it's one of the finest movies of the '70s.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Attempts the impossible and pulls it off.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

It tries to be all genre and no story, and it almost works.

BBC

BBC

press

As much a crisp comment on contemporary LA (and its full-on egotism) as a tale delineating Marlowe's crime-busting pursuits.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

An uneven mixture of insider satire on the gumshow film genre, gratuitous brutality, and sledgehammer whimsy.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Shot in gloriously steely colours by Vilmos Zsigmond with a continually moving camera, wondrously scripted by Leigh Brackett (who worked on The Big Sleep), and superbly acted all round, it's one of the finest movies of the '70s.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Attempts the impossible and pulls it off.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

It tries to be all genre and no story, and it almost works.

BBC

BBC

press

As much a crisp comment on contemporary LA (and its full-on egotism) as a tale delineating Marlowe's crime-busting pursuits.

4.0

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