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12 | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 25 July 1998
An aging Phillip Marlowe gets mixed up with blackmail and murder amongst the elite social set in 1963.

Director:

Bob Rafelson

Writers:

Robert B. Parker (book), Raymond Chandler (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Philip Marlowe
Dina Meyer ... Laura
David Keith ... Larry Victor
Tom Bower ... Arnie Burns
Julia Campbell ... Muffy Blackstone
Brian Cox ... Clayton Blackstone
Nia Peeples ... Angel
Sam Vlahos ... Eddie Garcia
Michael Laskin ... Lipshultz
David Byrd David Byrd ... Seymour
Joe Don Baker ... P.J. Parker
Royce D. Applegate ... Manager
Billy Beck ... Old Man in Jail
Gary Bullock ... L.A. Captain
Michael Cooke ... Captain
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Storyline

Set in 1963, an aging Philip Marlowe (James Caan) is supposedly giving up his wild times to get married to a younger socialite (Dina Meyer). However, as might be expected crime follows Marlowe as he is soon mixed up in blackmail and murders as a sleazy photographer (David Keith) threatens to expose photos of a former stripper (La Joy Farr) who is now running with a billionaire. As things progress, he soon realizes that his new wife's father (Joe Don Baker) is also involved. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Taglines:

Sex. Murder. Marlowe. This town has everything.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime no Nevada See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At the request of Raymond Chandler's estate, his novel was completed by Robert B. Parker and published in 1989. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1963. When James Caan is thrown in jail, early on in the movie, the other inmates are singing "The Times They Are a-Changin". He may have sung it on Oct 26th at Carnegie Hall but it wasn't issued until the album, of which it was title track, came out in January, 1964. See more »

Quotes

Philip Marlowe: I'll see you tonight.
Laura Parker-Marlowe: [flippantly] Which jail?
Philip Marlowe: Look, Mrs. Marlowe, I'm just a lug. There are things I can do, like shoot, I can keep my word, I can tail a guy who's walking backwards, I can open a door into a dark room where there's trouble waiting... and so, I do them. I find work that fits what I do. I get a hundred dollars a day. I can't be bought or pushed. Not even for love.
Laura Parker-Marlowe: [pauses, then, softly] Okay.
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References The Thin Man (1934) See more »

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First-rate continuation of the Phillip Marlowe character
2 August 1999 | by magboSee all my reviews

The late Raymond Chandler's unfinished manuscript POODLE SPRINGS, masterfully completed as a novel by SPENCER creator Robert B. Parker, has been given a first-class screen treatment by Director Bob Rafelson, Screenwriter Tom Stoppard and Production Designer Mark Friedberg. Every familiar signature trait of the Chandler-Marlowe Los Angeles is meticulously recreated and served up with nearly reverential devotion. James Caan is a letter-perfect Marlowe. The part fits him like his gray fedora, no small feat considering he follows in the shoes of such legends as Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum. From matchbooks to automobiles to motels the period atmosphere is extraordinary. When a character drinks a Tab cola, the bottle is a 1963 Tab bottle. When Marlowe pays a call on the rich and powerful, the decor is '63 chic. There is no mistaking it.

Phillip Marlowe is the paradigm 1940s private investigator, but setting this story in 1963, four years after Chandler's death in 1959, is not only correct, it is part of the material's distinguished treatment. Had Chandler lived a few more years, this might well be the Marlowe he wrote for us. Parker, Rafelson and Stoppard have honored the Chandler-Marlowe heritage as the golden fleece of the American film noir and hard-boiled genres. Which, of course, it is.

One question: Why did I just happen to catch this on cable TV a year after it was released? I'd never heard anything about it. Such excellent work deserves publicity. Lots of it.


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