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An aging Phillip Marlowe gets mixed up with blackmail and murder amongst the elite social set in 1963.

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Bob Rafelson

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Robert B. Parker (book), Raymond Chandler (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Philip Marlowe
Dina Meyer ... Laura
David Keith ... Larry Victor
Tom Bower ... Arnie Burns
Julia Campbell ... Muffy Blackstone
Brian Cox ... Clayton Blackstone
Nia Peeples ... Angel
Sam Vlahos ... Eddie Garcia
Michael Laskin ... Lipshultz
David Byrd David Byrd ... Seymour
Joe Don Baker ... P.J. Parker
Royce D. Applegate ... Manager
Billy Beck ... Old Man in Jail
Gary Bullock ... L.A. Captain
Michael Cooke ... Captain
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Storyline

Set in 1963, an aging Philip Marlowe (James Caan) is supposedly giving up his wild times to get married to a younger socialite (Dina Meyer). However, as might be expected crime follows Marlowe as he is soon mixed up in blackmail and murders as a sleazy photographer (David Keith) threatens to expose photos of a former stripper (La Joy Farr) who is now running with a billionaire. As things progress, he soon realizes that his new wife's father (Joe Don Baker) is also involved. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Sex. Murder. Marlowe. This town has everything.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1998 (USA) See more »

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Crime no Nevada See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Only a plot outline and four chapters of the source novel were written by Raymond Chandler. These were originally published in a collection of excerpts, letters, and unpublished writings in 1962, titled "Raymond Chandler Speaking". See more »

Goofs

When James Caan is first seen lighting his cigarette, he uses a pack of safety matches, which has its striker on the back of the matches. These were not introduced until c. 1970. In 1963, he would have used matches where the striker is on the front of the matchbook. See more »

Quotes

Philip Marlowe: I'll see you tonight.
Laura Parker-Marlowe: [flippantly] Which jail?
Philip Marlowe: Look, Mrs. Marlowe, I'm just a lug. There are things I can do, like shoot, I can keep my word, I can tail a guy who's walking backwards, I can open a door into a dark room where there's trouble waiting... and so, I do them. I find work that fits what I do. I get a hundred dollars a day. I can't be bought or pushed. Not even for love.
Laura Parker-Marlowe: [pauses, then, softly] Okay.
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Really good up to a point, Caan is surprisingly excellent tho.
13 May 2017 | by mbsSee all my reviews

This is a very engaging detective movie, very well filmed, almost beautiful looking at times. The story did a good job grabbing my interest right away, and before too long I was happily engaged in the story being told, and wanting to see where it was going to go. There are a couple of good twists in the story, and you really have to be on your toes to remember which character is which person. The only real disappointment is the way the case wraps up. The wrap up of the case is not very well thought out, but you know that's kind of a minor complaint given that it happens an hour and twenty something minutes into the film, and honestly its not like the ending of the story takes away from the enjoyment I had following James Caan around as he investigates various leads.

Its a somewhat old fashioned, downbeat, detective film too. This could've very easily been made in the 70's alongside Chinatown and The Long Goodbye and I think it can stand proudly alongside them (even if its not as amazing as those two films) in terms of looks, style, and tone Also in its lead actor. James Caan is not someone whom I don't think was ever actually cast as a detective/noir character before, and its a wonder why because he actually fits the role beautifully. Its surprisingly good work from him because i would've never thought of him as being someone who could make a good old school shamus, and yet he's very effective. He's also excellently downbeat in the part too.

Its well worth watching should you catch it somewhere. Oh yes and Dina Myer is excellent as Caan's/Marlowe's new bride who's a society dame trying to see where she fits into his world.


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