The Long Goodbye DVD

Robert Altman, 1973

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Directed by Robert Altman

Produced in 1973

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - American film

Film Description

A radical adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel, The Long Goodbye was adapted by Leigh Brackett (no slouch at crime novels herself, but best known to movie buffs for her work on the Star Wars trilogy), and filtered through Altman's rambling sensibilities.

When private eye Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) is visited by an old friend, this sets in train a series of events in which he’s hired to search for a missing novelist (Sterling Hayden) and finds himself on the wrong side of vicious gangsters.

So far so faithful to Raymond Chandler, but Robert Altman’s inspired adaptation of the writer’s most personal novel takes his legendary detective and relocates him to the selfish, hedonistic culture of 1970s Hollywood, where he finds that his old-fashioned notions of honour and loyalty carry little weight, and even his smoking (universal in film noir) is now frowned upon.

Widely misunderstood at the time, The Long Goodbye is now regarded as one of Altman’s best films and one of the outstanding American films of its era, with Gould’s laconic, cat-obsessed Marlowe ranking alongside more outwardly faithful interpretations by Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum.

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DVD Details

Certificate: 18

Publisher: MGM

Length: 107 mins

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 2nd February 2004

Cat No: 10001016

Subtitles: English HoH

DVD Extras

  • Original theatrical trailer

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