Marlowe

Marlowe

DVD - 2011
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Five hundred bucks doesn't come easily for private eye Philip Marlowe. But when it comes by way of a bribe, it might as well be five cents. He rejects Winslow Wong and his offer of cash--and Wong promptly karates the detective's office into a junk pile. In this colorful whodunit, Garner's easygoing style contrasts agreeably with the grim task of sleuthing a case of missing persons, blackmail and icepick murders, in a sprawling '60s L.A. so hard-boiled somebody's got to crack. And when that happens, it's Marlowe's job to put the pieces together.--Adapted from case.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., [2011]
Edition: Remastered edition
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC M
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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wildct2003
Jun 29, 2017

Not a very good movie. Garner makes a really bad movie a little better by being in it. Confusing and unsatisfying. Skip it.

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Onewhoissaved
Oct 05, 2016

"Marlowe", 1969, James Garner playing Philip Marlowe. I'm glad I didn't spend any money to see this in a theater. The jacket lists the two main stars at James Garner and Gayle Hunicutt. But the description of the action doesn't even mention her role. I like Garner too but he's no Marlowe. All the other Marlowe impersonators over the years were much more serious and fitted closer to Chandler's characterization of Marlowe. This movie is 96 minutes of disjointed scenes. But we still like Garner's personality, no matter what the role.

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ddonster
Apr 02, 2016

The Rockford Files before the Rockford Files. Marlowe gets beat up and insults the bad guys just like Jim Rockford. It's fun to see Bruce Lee in action. Rita Moreno is pretty good in this and she guest stars in some episodes of the Rockford Files.

A 1969 film version of the Raymond Chandler pulp THE LITTLE SISTER (1949) updated to reflect the cultural revolution of the 1960s. The opening scene has private investigator Philip Marlowe, played ably by James Garner, paying a visit to a Hippie flophouse. Where Chandler's Marlowe novels feature a wartime LA chock full of Okie and Arkie immigrants, phony mystics and lethal hoodlums Stirling Silliphant's MARLOWE focuses heavily on the Hollywood scene of minor celebrities and strip clubs. This film is a smorgasbord of supporting stars: a pre-Archie Bunker Carroll O'Connor; Bruce Lee in his motion picture debut; a superb performance by William Daniels (Dustin Hoffman's father in THE GRADUATE); and last but not least the incomparable Kenneth Tobey. Oh, and Rita Moreno steals the show.

7duffy Apr 15, 2015

Average detective film noir. James Garner is more like Jim Rockford than Phillip Marlowe (better than Elliot Gould, not as good as Dick Powell). The story unfolds slowly and has something of a twist ending. Bruce Lee adds some excitement. Overall, I felt it was OK, but should have been better.

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