Posted by: absntmindedariel | November 16, 2010

The Big Sleep (1946)

If you like– Patriot Games, Wall Street, Goodfellas

Synopsis– An ailing millionaire hires private detective Phillip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) to locate his missing chauffeur. The detective soon finds this mystery shifting from the chauffeur to the millionaire’s daughters to a larger conspiracy of money, casinos and murder. Along the way, Marlowe becomes romantically entangled with Vivian Rutledge, his client’s eldest daughter.  Will Vivian’s increasingly obvious involvement in the conspiracy effect Marlowe’s judgment in the case? Probably.

Why it’s better– This movie has kind of a labyrinthine plot, but the newly-married Bogart and Bacall are as compelling as ever.  This is also one of the few films in which Lauren Bacall uses that smoky voice of hers to sing. It’s an acquired taste, but pretty sexy.

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