The Long Goodbye (1973)

by stronged


Dir. Robert Altman

Phillip Marlowe, Raymond Chandlers hardboiled hero protagonist in his notable fictional detective novels is brought to life by (screenwriter) Leigh Brackett and Robert Altman in this somewhat dated 1973 supposed “classic.”

Marlowe (Elliot Gould) is a private Investigator in LA. He finds himself thrown into a compromised position whereby one of his best friends Terry Lennox flees the country after the murder of his wife and he is thrown in the clink for three days. Marlowe champions his friends innocence all along and is dumbfounded when confronted with the new information that Lennox has committed suicide in Mexico.

Marlowe goes about trying to track down the true killers identity by rubbing shoulders with crime baron Marty Augustine and the victims suspected liaisons – a famous novelist and his attractive younger wife.

I didn’t think much of this film. It was quite long and it’s plot held together with a very thin string. The character of Marlowe seemed more irritating than anything else. Perhaps that was the point? However, i would’ve thought there would be some likable characteristics to the protagonist in this type of picture.

The highlight for me in this flick was seeing a very young Arnie Schwarzenegger with a pencil moustache and ridiculously bulging muscles.