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The Big Sleep (1978)

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Original title: Big Sleep, The

DVD Release Date
 R1: Aug 22, 2000
 R2: 22 May 2000

Budget GBP 3,000,000

Running Time
1 hour, 39 minutes

Country UK

Production Companies
Incorporated Television Company (ITC), Winkast Film Productions Ltd.

Studio United Artists

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Other Titles
• The Big Sleep (1978)
• Tote schlafen besser (1979)

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Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Blackmail, Detectives, Suspense, Murder, Femme Fatale, Investigation, Love

Tagline: Some days business is good - and some days it's murder!

Plot: Filmmaker Michael Winner switched the setting of Raymond Chandler's classic mystery novel from 1940's Los Angeles to 1970's London. When wealthy General Sternwood is blackmailed, he hires private detective Philip Marlowe to help him out. As a result, the gumshoe gets mixed up with the crippled general's troubled daughters: Charlotte and her younger, sex-crazed sister, Camilla. Although Charlotte is the smarter of the two, she has still managed to become involved in a potentially dangerous affair with Eddie Mars, a married gangster whose wife has mysteriously disappeared. Meanwhile, Camilla is in hot water for having posed for nude photos.

Before long, several murders have taken place and Marlowe must get to the bottom of it all... while trying to stay alive himself.

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 Directed by
Michael Winner
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 Written by
Raymond Chandler
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Michael Winner
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Robert Mitchum
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 Music By
Jerry Fielding
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