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The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

1973 / 112min / DCP

DIRECTOR: ROBERT ALTMAN

CAST: ELLIOTT GOULD, NINA VAN PALLANDT, STERLING HAYDEN

Elliott Gould—who’d appeared for Baumbach as a father figure in Kicking and Screaming—plays a distinctly low-key and somewhat bumbling version of Raymond Chandler’s gumshoe Philip Marlowe in Altman’s singular private dick movie, which updates the source material to a smog-and-pot-hazy 1970s Los Angeles. A mystery involving a missing friend, a sadistic gangster, and a Hemingway-esque novelist (Sterling Hayden) draws Marlowe into a tangle of double-crosses, towards a revelation that will make him reconsider his nonchalant motto: “It’s okay by me.”