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The Long Goodbye

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Nothing says goodbye like a bullet
Certificate: 18
Running Time: 112 mins
Retail Price: £19.99
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Content Type: Movie

When private eye Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) is visited by an old friend, this sets in train a series of events in which he's hired to search for a missing novelist (Sterling Hayden) and finds himself on the wrong side of vicious gangsters.

So far so faithful to Raymond Chandler, but Robert Altman's inspired adaptation of the writer's most personal novel takes his legendary detective and relocates him to the selfish, hedonistic culture of 1970s Hollywood, where he finds that his old-fashioned notions of honour and loyalty carry little weight, and even his smoking (universal in film noir) is now frowned upon.

Widely misunderstood at the time, The Long Goodbye is now regarded as one of Altman's best films and one of the outstanding American films of its era, with Gould's shambling, cat-obsessed Marlowe ranking alongside more outwardly faithful interpretations by Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum.

Special Features:
Rip Van Marlowe: An interview with director Robert Altman and star Elliott Gould

Vilmos Zsigmond Flashes The Long Goodbye: An interview with the legendary cinematographer

Giggle and Give In: Paul Joyce's acclaimed documentary profile of Robert Altman, with contributions from Altman, Elliott Gould, Shelley Duvall, assistant director Alan Rudolph and screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury

Elliott Gould Discusses The Long Goodbye: A conversation with crime novelist Michael Connelly, recorded in March 2012

David Thompson on Robert Altman: David Thompson, editor of Altman on Altman and producer of the BBC's Robert Altman in England, talks about
The Long Goodbye's place in Altman's filmography

On Raymond Chandler: Chandler's biographer, Tom Williams, outlines the author's life and work and discusses Altman's adaptation of The Long Goodbye

On Hard Boiled Fiction: Crime writer and critic Maxim Jakubowski discusses the emergence of hard boiled detective characters from the pages of the pulp magazines from the 1920s through to the 1950s

Original Theatrical Trailer

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Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw

Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Brad Stevens, an archive interview with screenwriter Leigh Brackett, a new interview with assistant director Alan Rudolph and an American Cinematographer article discussing Zsigmond's unique treatment of the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

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Video Tracks:
2.35:1 widescreen 1080p

Audio Tracks:
PCM 1.0 Mono English

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Directed By:
Robert Altman

Written By:

Mark Rydell
Sterling Hayden
Nina Van Pallandt
Elliott Gould
Henry Gibson

Casting By:
Kent James
Marjorie Wahl

Soundtrack By:
John Williams

Director of Photography:
Vilmos Zsigmond

Lou Lombardo

Jerry Bick
Robert Eggenweiler

Executive Producer:
Elliott Kastner

Arrow Films

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