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The Big Sleep (1978)

aka The Big Sleep

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Details: 100 mins · English, Deutsch · R (USA)


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Small Philip Marlowe
Small Charlotte Sternwood
Small Camilla Sternwood
Small Lash Cansino
Small Agnes Lazelle
Small Inspektor Carson
Small Eddie Mars
Small General Sternwood
Small Joe Brody
Small Norris
No_movie_poster Harry Jones
Small Commander Barker
Small Lou
Small Inspector Willis


No_movie_poster Bernard Williams Production
No_movie_poster Christian Nyby Editing
No_movie_poster Elliott Kastner Producer
No_movie_poster Frederick Wilson Editor
No_movie_poster Jerry Fielding Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Lew Grade Production
Small Michael Winner Producer
Small Michael Winner Director
Small Michael Winner Production
Small Michael Winner Writer
No_movie_poster Raymond Chandler Novel
No_movie_poster Raymond Chandler Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Robert Paynter Director of Photography


In modern-day England, private detective Philip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum) is asked to the stately home of General Sternwood (James Stewart), who hires Marlowe to learn who is blackmailing him. While at the mansion, he meets the General's spoiled and inquisitive daughter Charlotte (Sarah Miles) and wild younger daughter Camilla (Candy Clark).

Marlowe's investigation of the homosexual pornographer Arthur Geiger (John Justin) leads him to Geiger's employee, Agnes Lozelle (Joan Collins), and to a man she has taken up with, Joe Brody (Edward Fox). He also discovers Camilla at the scene of Geiger's murder, where she has posed for nude photographs, and takes her home safely to a grateful Charlotte.

Returning to the crime scene, Marlowe is interrupted by gambler Eddie Mars (Oliver Reed), who owns the house where Geiger's body was found. Mars's wife Mona hasn't been seen in a while and may have run off with Charlotte's missing husband, Rusty Regan (David Savile). And due to Charlotte Regan's gambling debts, Mars appears to have a hold over Charlotte as well.

Camilla tries to get her pictures back from Brody, who now is in possession of them. Marlowe intervenes but Brody is shot and killed by someone unseen.

A man named Harry Jones (Colin Blakely) comes to Marlowe with a proposition. He is working with Agnes now and she is willing to sell information as to Mrs. Mars' whereabouts. But on the night Marlowe shows up for their meeting, Harry is poisoned by Lash Canino (Richard Boone), a hit man who is working for Eddie Mars.

Marlowe pays Agnes for the address. He tracks down Canino at a remote garage, where he is overpowered and taken prisoner. Mars' supposedly missing wife Mona is there as well. At a moment when Canino is out, Marlowe persuades her to set him free. In a shootout, he then kills Canino.

Camilla Sternwood appears to be grateful to Marlowe, but she ends up pointing a gun at him. Marlowe was prepared for this and had put in blanks. It turns out that the emotionally disturbed Camilla was behind the disappearance of her sister's husband Rusty and that Charlotte had covered everything up with Eddie Mars' help.

After confronting Charlotte with the facts, Marlowe tells her to have Camilla hospitalized. He then drives away from the Sternwood residence the same way he came in, hoping that the gravely ill General will never know the truth about his two wicked daughters.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2000-08-22