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4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars
Farewell My Lovely [DVD] [1975]
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on 20 August 2017
Have seen this many times and am always impressed with the dialogue and the acting of the principals, especially Mitchum. As always with Chandler, the story is convoluted, but becomes clear(er) by the end. Certainly a film worth watching.
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on 26 April 2017
I like Robert Mitcham's acting and this is an excellent vehicle for his acting. Tortuous plot great supporting cast.
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on 28 August 2017
Robert Mitchum is perfect as Phillip Marlow.
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on 23 June 2017
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on 18 September 2013
Mitchum IS Marlowe. And this film really does Chandler - and Mitchum - proud (unlike Michael Winner's un-atmospheric 'The Big Sleep' ). It's true to the spirit of Chandler's books and, without checking every word, to Chandler's uniquely descriptive dialogue. Great cast, loved sinuous Charlotte Rampling and utterly mad Sarah Miles.
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on 26 March 2017
Classic movie making at it's best. Experienced stalwart actor Mitchum and 'smoking hot' newcomer Rampling - awesome!
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 31 January 2012
In this adaptation of the Raymond Chandler classic, Robert Mitchum plays what I consider to be the definitive Philip Marlowe, even better than Bogie in the Big Sleep. And from me that is very high praise.

In a film that oozes atmosphere we follow the world weary Marlowe as he tries to make a difference even though he knows the odds are stacked against him. With his easy going drawl, lugubrious expression, weary demeanour and bags of charm Mitchum commands the screen, especially during his narrating voiceovers, where his voice caresses Chandler's dialogue and so beautifully fits the image of the man you get from reading the books. In fact, when I read the books now it is Mitchum's voice I hear in my head. The film makers do a great job of bringing Marlowe's world to the screen - a seedy world full of corruption and vice during the very early forties. The film really evokes the time and place.

It's a class film. The DVD presentation could be better, the sound on the Carlton Silver Screen release is a disappointing mono which is a little fuzzy and indistinct at times. The picture is in 4:3 aspect (which as others have pointed out here is the correct ratio), and would have benefited from a little restoration with a few scratches, jumps and washed out colours visible. This isn't bad enough to detract from the release though, it would just have been nice to see a proper job being done for such a classic film. 4 stars in total.
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on 27 August 2007
When this movie came out, I had just read all Raymond Chandler's novels for the first time and was hooked. Mitchum captures the weary, romantic private eye perfect - and is helped out by a great cast, Charlotte Rampling, Harry Dean Stanton ...besides Chinatown, the best noir-style movie of the seventies. Great pace and laden with atmosphere.
This movie made me a Mitchum-fan for life.
Philip Marlowe is in many ways a loser, and Mitchum is not afraid to
show this side of our hero, unlike so many other screen-versions of
this icon of crime novels.
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on 11 March 2001
This is surely Mitchum's best performance. Forget the earlier glamour-boy. Crumpled, aging and seedy but with a heart of gold - Mitchum plays Marlowe with a master's touch. The careful under-playing of the sets and the characters fills the film with a believable atmosphere of corrupt and violent late-thirties Los Angeles. The plot never falters and the twist near the end, when Moose's girlfriend is revealed, is excellent. Charlotte Rampling oozes erotic magnetism and the supporting actors are magnificent, although Jack O'Halloran's "Moose Malloy" seems slightly wooden and Sylvester Stallone is quite forgettable. John Ireland and Harry Dean Stanton portray the 'honest cop' and 'corrupt cop' respectively to perfection; Stanton makes you want to count the cutlery every time he leaves the scene. Sylvia Miles's 'Jessie Florian' - the failed and aging starlet, alcoholic and careless off her dress and appearance, is well played too. All this, plus an excellent score and lots of little subliminal touches, re-create the time and the place so well. Splash in the bourbon, light yet another cigarette, push your hat back on your head, heave a world-weary sigh, close the curtains on the neon lights and the wailing siren - and enjoy.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 April 2005
The year is 1941 and Joltin' Joe DiMaggio is on a hitting streak, and that is about the only thing in life that world-weary Philip Marlowe takes any pleasure in.
This is a workman-like adaptation of the novel by Raymond Chandler. Dimple-chinned Robert Mitchum at 58, an underrated actor with charisma and star appeal, is unfortunately a bit over the hill as Chandler's hard-nosed, realist gumshoe Philip Marlowe, especially when romancing the babes. Still he does a good job and seems almost made for the part.
The main babe that needs romancing here is Charlotte Rampling who plays Helen Grayle, a scheming, trampy, psychopathic, sexy thing on the make for anything she can get. She's the lovely who goes farewell--well, one of them.
Sylvia Miles got a supporting actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Mrs. Florian, one-time show girl turned lush. And Sylvester Stallone, looking almost as young as a choir boy, had a bit part as an anonymous thug. Jack O'Halloran played the very dense and obsessed Moose Malloy with a steady moronic malevolence. John Ireland is the good cop and Harry Dean Stanton the bad one. Kate Murtagh is the madam from hell who likes to throw her considerable weight around.
Comparing this to the original from 1944 entitled "Murder, My Sweet," staring Dick Powell and Claire Trevor, I have to say it is more realistic and edgier, and wonderfully atmospheric, but not as enjoyable, perhaps because Mitchum seems a little dead compared to Powell. But that is entirely the point, as Chandler's intent was to showcase a Philip Marlowe near the end of his tether, a man oppressed with the vileness of life and ready to toss it in.
In either case, the convoluted plot involving the missing "Velma," various Los Angeles dives, dead bodies aplenty, and lots of police and political corruption remains somewhat opaque but still manages to hold our interest.
See this for Robert Mitchum, one of Hollywood's greatest with over a hundred and thirty films to his credit, a man who personified nonchalance on the screen, a guy who felt equally at home in a "B" Western as in a dramatic feature, a man who mesmerized audiences with seeming indifference.
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