One of the most satisfying and sheerly entertaining movies ever to come out of Hollywood, this marvellous 1946 classic adaptation of Raymond Chandler's hard-boiled novel is the perfect vehicle for the real-life team of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, whose sultry, zingy dialogue adds spice to what has to be the most intricate, and most exciting, thriller plot ever filmed.
In the hands of screen play writers William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman and master director Howard Hawks, who slings the lamps low and keeps violence crackling, this movie zips along down Chandler's mean Los Angelino streets as Bogie's world-weary cynical private eye Philip Marlowe begins a search for a missing chauffeur that turns into a blackmail hunt with a pretty girl at each turn and a corpse on each corner.
The sexual undercurrents are torrid, the repartee remarkable, the whole just simply terrific.
L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) takes on a blackmail case...and follows a trail peopled with murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich and more. But Raymond Chandler's legendary gumshoe solves it in hard-boiled style - and style is what The Big Sleep is all about. Director Howard Hawks serves up snappy character encounters (particularly those of Bogart and Lauren Bacall), brisk pace and atmosphere galore. This whodunit supreme is unpredictable and the furious pace at which the plot unfolds leads to one of the most intense, nail biting scenes you will ever see.
i really enjoyed The Big Sleep, my first Bogart experience. It was less a film noir than a thriller but good none the less, will Bogarts detective skills being put to test. He is always behind the action or it happens off screen but he analyses and calculates what went on so he is still understanding of the situations. Highly enjoyable, some funny moments and great cinematography
The Big Sleep is one of the classic noir thrillers starring Humphrey Bogart as the quintessential Philip Marlowe a detective in a tarnished suit of armour who finds himself involved in a case involving the two deadly daughters of an invalid Colonel. Lauren BAcall and Humphrey Bogart have great chemistry and the story is dark twisted and wildly convoluted. Pure unadulterated smoky brilliance.