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The Long Goodbye Details


"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 Wade (Nina Van Pallandt), who hired him to find her alcoholic novelist husband Roger (Sterling Hayden), lives on the same Malibu street as the absent Lennox and his deceased spouse. As numerous variations on the title song play in unexpected places, Marlowe encounters a shady doctor (Henry Gibson), a bottle-wielding gangster (director Mark Rydell), and a guard aping Barbara Stanwyck (among other stars), before heading to Mexico to stumble onto the truth once and for all. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:March 7, 1973


Elliott Gould
as Philip Marlowe
Nina Van Pallandt
as Eileen Wade
Sterling Hayden
as Roger Wade
Henry Gibson
as Dr. Veeringer
Mark Rydell
as Marty Augustine
Jim Bouton
as Terry Lennox
Danny Goldman
as Bartender
Leslie Simms
as Olive (uncredited)
Vincent Palmieri
as Vince
David Carradine
as Prisoner
David Arkin
as Harry
Warren Berlinger
as Morgan
Ken Sansom
as Colony Guard
Sybil Scotford
as Real Estate Lady
Pancho Cordoba
as Doctor
Helen Mirren
Enrique Lucero
as Jake
Pepe Callahan
as Pepe
John S. Davies
as Detective Dayton
Jack Riley
as Piano Player
Herb Kerns
as Herbie
Rutanya Alda
as Rutanya Sweet
Arnold Schwarzenegger
as Augustine's Hood
Eddie Constantine
Dave King
Steve Coit
as Detective Farmer


Robert Altman
Raymond Chandler
Book Author
Vilmos Zsigmond
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Johnny Mercer
Lou Lombardo
Elliott Kastner
Executive Producer
Tommy Thompson
First Assistant Director
Bob Westmoreland