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The Big Sleep

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • THE BIG SLEEP was shot in 1944 but was not released until 1946. Slightly different cuts of the film exist. THE BIG SLEEP was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997. In March 2000, Warner Home Video released the 1945 cut of the film, never shown in theatres, on home video. It's a longer version by about 20 minutes, containing some additional plot exposition and a more "sanitized" version of the "racetrack" dialogue between Bogey and Bacall. The 1946 theatrical cut (labeled here as the "Theatrical Release" is unquestionably superior, but the film has aquired such a mystique that the earlier cut provides a fascinating look at a masterpiece in progress. THE BIG SLEEP was Raymond Chandler's first novel. Director Howard Hawks reportedly wired Raymond Chandler during filming in order to clear up some confusion about whether a particular character's death was the result of suicide or murder; the author was apparently unable to give him an answer. This incident may have been the source of THE BIG SLEEP's long-standing reputation for having a plot so incomprehensible that neither Hawks nor novelist Chandler was completely sure who committed some of the murders. Director Michael Winner filmed a second, more faithful adaptation of the novel in 1978, as a follow-up to "FAREWELL MY LOVELY. It starred Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Candy Clark, Oliver Reed, Richard Boone, James Stewart, Joan Collins, Edward Fox, and John Mills.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 67681

  • Credits
    Humphrey Bogart, Humphrey DeForest Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Betty Joan Perske, Dorothy Malone, John Ridgely, Louis Jean Heydt, Elisha Cook, Regis Toomey, Sonia Darrin, Bob Steele, Martha Vickers, Martha MacVicar, Tom Rafferty, Charles Waldron, Charles D. Brown, Peggy Knudsen
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The chemistry between Bogart and Bacall is so blatant it's no surprise to learn they were married the same year. A joy..." -- 5 out of 5 stars
    Total Film

    "...It is one of the great film noirs, a black-and-white symphony..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...Watch Bogart and Lauren Bacall settle into their second flick together -- madly in love..."
    Entertainment Weekly

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