The Big Sleep | 1978 | Robert Mitchum Sarah Miles

Director Winner switched the setting of Chandler’s classic Marlowe mystery from 1940s Los Angeles to 1970s London, perhaps to avoid comparison with its forerunner. The 1946 Bogart-Bacall masterpiece is a tough act to follow, but this version is interesting in its own right for Mitchum’s take on the fabled private eye.

Robert Mitchum, who incarnates Raymond Chandler’s detective Philip Marlowe, had previously played the same hardboiled PI with the heart of gold in the 1975 film version of Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely.

Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe
Sarah Miles as Charlotte Sternwood
Candy Clark as Camilla Sternwood
Richard Boone as Lash Cansino
Joan Collins as Agnes Lazelle
John Mills as Inspektor Carson
Oliver Reed as Eddie Mars
James Stewart as General Sternwood
Edward Fox as Joe Brody
Harry Andrews as Norris
Colin Blakely as Harry Jones
Richard Todd as Commander Barker
Tom Laughlin as Lou
Diana Quick as Mona Grant
Simon Fisher-Turner as Karl Lundgren
Martin Potter as Owen Taylor
Dudley Sutton as Lanny

Writer and Director: Michael Winner
Creator: Raymond Chandler

UK, USA | 100 minutes | 1978


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