The Long Goodbye
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"It's OK with me...." Applying his deconstructive eye to the "film noir" tradition, Robert Altman updated Raymond Chandler in his 1973 version of Chandler's novel, The Long Goodbye. Smart-aleck, cat-loving private eye Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) is certain that his friend Terry Lennox (Jim Bouton) isn't a wife-killer, even after the cops throw Marlowe in jail for not cooperating with their investigation into Lennox's subsequent disappearance. Once he gets out of jail, Marlowe starts to conduct his own search when he discovers that mysterious blonde Eileen… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"It tries to be all genre and no story, and it almost works."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A reminder that meaning, if it is to be found at all, is not always revealed through a linear assessment of hints and clues, but simply stumbled upon."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Everywhere you look, there's something delightfully weird going on ... Altman and company fashion a state of slouching, freeform Zen that no one else has ever really duplicated."
‑ Andrew Wright, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"The reluctant and satirical mystery is one of the great Los Angeles movies and makes a great compliment to, say, The Big Lebowski."
‑ Dan Fienberg,
"[A] great classic."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"[Altman] attempts the impossible and pulls it off."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The look, the unconventional cast and the unconventional story make this a unique film, one of Altman's best."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"When he was very near the top of his early peak, [Robert] Altman did the darnedest thing and made a private-eye movie -- or maybe a parody of a private-eye movie; it's hard to say. And he may never have topped it."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Droll, cunning and magnificently woozy."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Fairly good hard boiled detective story"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Robert Altman orchestrates a jangly genre autopsy, mischievous and brutal"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Robert Altman's labyrinthine take on the Raymond Chandler classic is noir unburdened by a straight narrative - it's a triumph of atmosphere and attitude, a swiftly unfolding whodunit punctuated by subversive absurdities and shattering acts of violence."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"Simultaneously an act of revisionism as well as a parody of then-revitalizing neo-noir."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"More a film about friendship and betrayal than murder."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It ends up with mixed results -- Marlowe is drawn as a goofy daydreamer (Altman calls him Rip Van Marlowe) and his story only gets interesting when Sterling Hayden, channeling Hemingway, goes bananas."
‑ Christopher Null,
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