History Film / TheLongGoodbye

2nd Jul '17 11:29:23 PM JulianLapostat
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Supposedly Altman wanted the film to be one, UpToEleven, of the whole "Private-Eye" genre -- to the point where it would actually more or less put an ''end'' [[GenreKiller to these kinds of movies.]] Didn't happen, of course.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: Supposedly Altman wanted The film is generally a parody of the FilmNoir genre, with many of the characters being archetypes of the kind of characters who show up in those films:
** The gangsters, represented by Marty Augustine, are the colourful minor villains who show up in many Noir movies, being LaughablyEvil and even representing a QuirkyMinibossSquad. However,
the film emphasizes that these minor thugs and delinquents are incredibly dangerous and powerful to be one, UpToEleven, around. The shrink Dr. Verringer is an unctous intimidating doctor who can humiliating and blackmail the burly and gregarious Roger Wade, and Marty Augustine is a brutal thug who could have killed and cut up Marlowe had he not been so lucky in getting out of spots quickly.
** Moreover Marlowe's general sentimentality about being a "tarnished knight" is called into question. He puts on a mask of aloof cool and enjoys taunting and being a wiseacre but this is often shown to be unwise. Likewise, [[spoiler:Terry Lennox uses Marlowe's sentiment towards friendship to manipulate him and at the end, he even points out that his brutal murder
of the whole "Private-Eye" genre -- to wife is of no real social consequence, that the point where it would actually more or less put an ''end'' [[GenreKiller cops have dropped the case and that he's willing to these kinds of movies.]] Didn't happen, of course.share retirement with Marlowe. Marlowe in response, decides to take the law into his own hands]].
--> '''Philip Marlowe''': ''Nobody cares but me.''\\
'''[[spoiler:Terry Lennox]]''': Well that's you, Marlowe. You'll never learn, you're a born loser.



* PoliceAreUseless: The police harass Marlowe, but otherwise seem to just accept what anyone tells them about the Lennox case without question.

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* OnlySaneMan: Marlowe sees himself as this, and the film mostly does agree. Elliot Gould gets comedy gold by playing the straight man to every bizarre figure he comes across.
* PoliceAreUseless: The police harass Marlowe, but otherwise seem to just accept what anyone tells them about the Lennox case without question. Ultimately Marlowe agrees [[spoiler:and he decides to perform a VigilanteExecution on Terry Lennox after he's gotten away scott-free]].



* SettingUpdate: One of the reasons the film was considered daring for its time. It brought Marlowe to TheSeventies and it cast a very young actor, who was known for comic parts, as Marlowe rather than an actor like Creator/RobertMitchum (who played Marlowe in two films in TheSeventies). Altman wanted to make Marlowe a man out of his time even coining the nickname "Rip van Marlowe" and alluding it by starting the film with Marlowe waking up from sleep, implying that he was stuck in a forties time-warp.



* UnresolvedSexualTension: Marlowe gets it bad for Ellen. [[spoiler:Unfortunately she is using him.]]

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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Marlowe gets it bad for Ellen. [[spoiler:Unfortunately she is using him.him and in the end he pretty much gets over her and is happy with being a CelibateHero.]]
29th Mar '17 4:36:44 PM Ezclee4050
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* ChandlersLaw: Some people complained about the film changing the ending of the novel, even though the new ending invoked the law named after Raymond Chandler in the first place.
13th Mar '17 2:08:24 AM Ezclee4050
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* CreatorCameo: If you blink during the scene where Marlowe gets taken to the hospital, you'll miss Robert Altman as the guy sitting in the passenger seat of the ambulance.
7th Feb '17 7:58:08 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* TheNicknamer: Roger Wade has nicknames for almost everybody.



* TheNicknamer: Roger Wade has nicknames for almost everybody.
18th Jan '17 11:57:36 AM korpse_man
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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Marlowe gets it bad for Ellen. [[spoiler:Unfortunately she is using him.]]
21st Sep '16 1:22:53 AM PaulA
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''The Long Goodbye'' is a 1973 film directed by Creator/RobertAltman and starring Elliott Gould as detective Literature/PhilipMarlowe. It was adapted from the Creator/RaymondChandler novel of the same name by Creator/LeighBrackett (who earlier co-wrote the most famous film version of Chandler's ''Film/TheBigSleep'').

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''The Long Goodbye'' is a 1973 film directed by Creator/RobertAltman and starring Elliott Gould as detective Literature/PhilipMarlowe. It was adapted from the Creator/RaymondChandler [[Literature/TheLongGoodbye novel of the same name name]] by Creator/LeighBrackett (who earlier co-wrote the most famous film version of Chandler's ''Film/TheBigSleep'').
3rd Jun '16 9:38:58 PM TrustBen
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Roger Wade's heavy beard, heavier drinking, braggadoccio, and suicidal tendencies all paint him as a late-period Creator/ErnestHemingway.



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%%* PoliceAreUseless* PoliceAreUseless: The police harass Marlowe, but otherwise seem to just accept what anyone tells them about the Lennox case without question.
* PreMortemOneLiner: [[spoiler: '''Marlowe''': Yeah, I even lost my cat.]]


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* WoundedGazelleGambit: While they're questioning Marlowe, one detective pushes him into the other so they can run him in for assaulting an officer.
23rd Apr '16 10:04:58 PM JulianLapostat
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Marlowe's old friend Terry Lennox comes by in some sort of trouble, asking for a ride to Tijuana, which Marlowe provides. This winds up getting Marlowe in hot water with the LAPD, when it turns out that Lennox's wife Susan was murdered and Terry is the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Eileen Wade hires Marlowe to find her missing husband, noted author Roger Wade--and it turns out that the Wades' Malibu home is right down the beach from the Lennoxes. Things get even more complicated when crime boss Marty Augustine comes to Marlowe's apartment demanding $355,000 that Lennox was supposed to deliver but instead has absconded with.

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Marlowe's old friend Terry Lennox comes by in some sort of trouble, asking for a ride to Tijuana, which Marlowe provides. This winds up getting Marlowe in hot water with the LAPD, when it turns out that Lennox's wife Susan was murdered and Terry is the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Eileen Wade hires Marlowe to find her missing husband, noted author Roger Wade--and Wade (Creator/SterlingHayden)--and it turns out that the Wades' Malibu home is right down the beach from the Lennoxes. Things get even more complicated when crime boss Marty Augustine comes to Marlowe's apartment demanding $355,000 that Lennox was supposed to deliver but instead has absconded with.
10th Feb '16 5:00:05 PM Ezclee4050
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* FauxAffablyEvil: Marty Augustine.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Marty Augustine.Augustine is fairly personable in-between his bursts of brutality.
10th Feb '16 4:55:37 PM Ezclee4050
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* FauxAffablyEvil: Marty Augustine.
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