''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'').

!!This film has examples of:

* TheAlcoholic: Roger Wade
* AmbulanceCut: Marlowe runs into the street, gets hit by a car, and we cut to the ambulance.
* AngryGuardDog: The Wades' dog is never violent, but it is always barking angrily whenever Marlowe is around.
* AppealToWorseProblems: A variation of the "starving children in Africa" argument: when the cat doesn't want to eat, he says, "What about all the tigers in India they're killing because they don't got enough to eat?"
* BadassInANiceSuit: Marlowe is a professional -- he's always got that suit.
* BookEnds: The song ''Hooray For Hollywood'' plays at the beginning and the end of the film.
* [[BornInTheWrongCentury Born in the Wrong Decade]]:Marlowe is man holding [[TheFifties fifties]] values, trying to survive in a cynical [[TheSeventies seventies]] L.A.
* ButtMonkey: Marlowe as part of the deconstruction of private eyes. He's a man who lacks a FriendOnTheForce as the police have no idea who he is. He is no ladies man, as the girls next door make fun of him and the villains frequently get the better of him in fights. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking He also loses his cat.]]
* CatchPhrase: "It's OK with me."
* ClusterFBomb: A few.
* CoolCar: Marlowe's 1948 Lincoln Continental convertible
* CoversAlwaysLie: The DVD cover shows Marlowe holding a Beretta 92SB, even though it didn't even exist when the film was made, and a poster has him holding a Colt Detective Special with the TagLine "Nothing says goodbye like a bullet", a line from an early script that was never incorperated into the final movie, yet he uses a Smith and Wesson Model 10 at the end.
* CutHimselfShaving: Marlowe notices a bruise on Eileen's cheek, and says it doesn't look like she walked into a door. She says that she didn't. She fell out of bed.
* DeadpanSnarker: Practically everything Marlowe says is a snark.
* {{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'' to these kinds of movies. Didn't happen, of course.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Terry Lennox]]. "Yeah. I lost my cat."
* DestroyTheProductPlacement: The hero is interrupted by a gangster who is accompanied by his goons and his lovely mistress. Said mistress interrupts the gangster's rant, by informing him that she’s thirsty and would like a Coke. One of his goons fetches an open bottle from the refrigerator. The gangster swigs from it, complains that it’s flat, and then swings it into the mistress’ face, causing it to break and leaving her in pain.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Roger.]]
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Lennox is still alive.]]
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Although it changes the time period and the identity of the killer in the end. And Marlowe's OneTrueLove in the book, Linda Loring, is noticeably absent--apparently to make room for a more "fleshed-out" Mrs. Wade.
* FirstNameBasis: Mrs. Wade asks Marlowe to start calling her Eileen.
* GenreBusting: It's a neo-noir with a heavy dose of surrealism and black comedy.
* GenreSavvy: Marlowe, on the typical if-this-were-a-movie dialogue for interrogation scenes:
--> "[[ThisIsThePartWhere So, this is where I say]], 'What's all this about?'--and ''he'' says, uh, 'Shut up, ''I'' ask the questions'?"
--> "That's right!"
** He actually says this in the book, too.
* GratuitousSpanish: The cat door has "El Porto del Gato" written on it. Also, Augustine talks to his Mexican {{mook}} in Spanish, even though the guy always answers in English.
* KickTheDog: Marty Augustine breaks a Coke bottle on his mistress's face immediately after telling her she's the most important person in his life just to prove to Marlowe that he means business. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even his hired goons think that went too far]].
* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles: The film celebrates the odd locales and characters that inhabit the city.
* NeverSuicide: [[spoiler: Although Wade really does kill himself, Terry Lennox [[FakingTheDead faked his death]].]]
* TheNicknamer: Roger Wade has nicknames for almost everybody.
* PoliceAreUseless
* PrivateDetective: Perhaps the most famous one of all time...
* RecurringRiff: Every piece of music, even a doorbell ring, is the tune of the titular song.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: In the interrogation room.
--> '''Cop:''' Are you crazy?
--> '''Marlowe:''' [[BluntYes Yes]].
* SmokingIsCool: Marlowe smokes cigarettes incessantly and in nearly every scene.
* TitleThemeTune: [[{{Leitmotif}} Played throughout]].
* VanityLicensePlate: Mrs. Wade's says "Lov You."
* VigilanteExecution: [[spoiler: Marlowe blows Terry Lennox away after discovering he murdered his wife and betrayed his best friend. This is a change from the novel, where Lennox gets away with it scot-free.]]
* WritersBlock: Roger Wade suffers from this.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Altman originally wanted Dan Blocker (TV's Hoss Cartwright) whom he originally directed in early episodes of ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'' to play Wade. Tragically Blocker died from a post-surgery complication at the age of 44. The film is dedicated to him.