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Directed by Robert Altman

United States 1973 112 mins.

As a tribute to, or perhaps in contempt of, the noir detective story, Altman subverts genre convention by re-imagining the usually hard-boiled character of Philip Marlowe as a nebbish private eye. Elliot Gould plays Marlowe, who digs himself deep into trouble when he decides to investigate the murder of a friend. Based on the book by Raymond Chandler with a screenplay by Altman and Leigh Brackett (The Big Sleep), any vestiges of the tough-guy detective are purposefully sublimated by Gould’s unique characterization, making The Long Goodbye one of Altman’s most interesting cinematic experiments.

Genres: Drama, Noir, Crime