Long Goodbye

Long Goodbye

Director: Robert Altman

Cast: Elliott Gould, Nina Van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden


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Robert Altman directs Elliott Gould in The Long Goodbye. The film is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and sports a solid amount of colors and black levels. While there are a few imperfections to be found on this transfer (including some grain and edge enhancement), overall this is a fine-looking image for a film spanning nearly 30 years of age. The…  See more details below


Robert Altman directs Elliott Gould in The Long Goodbye. The film is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and sports a solid amount of colors and black levels. While there are a few imperfections to be found on this transfer (including some grain and edge enhancement), overall this is a fine-looking image for a film spanning nearly 30 years of age. The sound mix is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono in both French and English. Fans won't be quite as thrilled with this sound mix as it displays a lack of fidelity and range. However, what the mix lacks in excitement, it makes up for in crystal-clear dialogue, effects, and music. Also included on this disc are English, French, and Spanish subtitles. MGM has included a few extra features on this disc, starting with two featurettes: "Rip Van Marlow" and "Vilmos Zigmond Flashes The Long Goodbye." The latter featurette delves into the film's photography and is more a technical discussion of the movie's production. "Rip Van Marlow," a newly produced retrospective, features still photos from deleted scenes as well as insightful interviews with both Altman and Gould discussing their work on the movie. Finally, there is a reprint of a magazine article about the film's technical aspects, a theatrical trailer that's in pretty poor shape, and five radio spots for the film.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Gray
Robert Altman was at the absolute top of his craft when he made this revisionist detective gem in 1973 -- one of a string of similarly skewed genre masterpieces that included McCabe & Mrs. Miller and Nashville. Elliott Gould stars as an unkempt, mumbling update of Raymond Chandler’s seminal Los Angeles private investigator, Philip Marlowe. This gumshoe lives in a dump of an apartment with his finicky cat, across from a group of scantily clad young women who pass their days baking hash brownies and doing tantric yoga. When an old friend (played by former baseball player and author Jim Bouton) drops by needing help, Marlowe finds himself drawn into a murky swirl of deception, murder, suicide, and missing persons. Altman, Gould, and veteran screenwriter Leigh Brackett create a character who brilliantly suggests the way the rigidly moral 1940s detective of Chandler’s fiction might function if he were plopped down into the shallow, transient world of the "me decade." The unexpected finale will be as shocking to traditionalists as it is poetically appropriate. Photographed to perfection by Vilmos Zsigmond, the film is also distinguished by its superb supporting cast, with especially strong performances from a bearded Sterling Hayden and an occasionally topless Mark Rydell. MGM’s DVD release of The Long Goodbye gets top marks for its impeccable wide-screen transfer and a terrific selection of shorts that includes surprisingly candid interviews with Altman and Gould, plus an interesting piece focusing on Zsigmond’s photographic approach. All in all, a fitting package for one of the best films of the 1970s.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Alternately a cheeky send-up of Hollywood and a cutting revision of the powerful detective and his moral code, the movie, co-written by Robert Altman with Leigh Brackett, who co-scripted The Big Sleep in 1946, presents a Marlowe wholly adrift in 1970s Los Angeles. Unlike the ultra-cool version of Marlowe embodied by The Big Sleep's Humphrey Bogart, Elliott Gould's Marlowe is a man out of his time, driving a vintage sedan and impervious to the hippie girls who live across from him. The truth he discovers only confirms how much the moral universe of the old Hollywood Marlowe no longer applies to contemporary California, and, despite his passive refrain, that's not OK with him. Altman's widescreen, zoom-lens shots layer characters upon each other while constantly shifting the composition, emphasizing that people are never as they seem and that events are out of Marlowe's control. Marlowe's impotence and Altman's acerbic tone did not sit well with critics or audiences, nor did TV censors approve of Marlowe's final capacity for violence; the original ending was re-edited for TV prints. Despite its cool reception in 1973, Altman's appraisal of the powers of Hollywood myth made The Long Goodbye one of the more telling 1970s reworkings of the film noir tradition, as well as a central player in Altman's ongoing 1970s effort to revisit major Hollywood genres in light of contemporary American values.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Mono]

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Rip Van Marlowe" featurette with Robert Altman and Elliott Gould; "Vilmos Zsigmond Flashes the Long Goodbye" ; American cinematographer; Reprint of 1973 article; Radio spots; Original theatrical trailer; English: Mono French: Mono; English, French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elliott Gould Philip Marlowe
Nina Van Pallandt Eileen Wade
Sterling Hayden Roger Wade
Master Henry Gibson Dr. Veeringer
Mark Rydell Marty Augustine
Jim Bouton Terry Lennox
Rutanya Alda Rutanya Sweet
David Arkin Harry
Warren Berlinger Morgan
Jo Ann Brody Jo Ann Eggenweiler
Pepe Callahan Pepe
David Carradine Prisoner
Steve Coit Detective Farmer
Eddie Constantine Actor
Pancho Cordoba Doctor
John Davies Detective Dayton
Danny Goldman Bartender
Jerry Jones Detective Green
Herb Kerns Herbie
Jack Knight Hood
Enrique Lucero Jake
Helen Mirren Actor
Vincent Palmieri Vince
Jack Riley Piano Player
Ken Sansom Colony Guard
Arnold Schwarzenegger Augustine's Hood
Sybil Scotford Real Estate Lady
Leslie Simms Olive (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director
Bill Miller Makeup
Leigh Brackett Screenwriter
Elliott Kastner Executive Producer
Lou Lombardo Editor
Johnny Mercer Songwriter
Tommy Thompson Asst. Director
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer
Jerry Bick Producer
John V. Speak Sound/Sound Designer
Raymond Chandler Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Marlowe/Main Title [10:52]
2. "I Need a Ride" [6:14]
3. Cutie Pie/Dead! [5:20]
4. Case Closed [6:43]
5. "Find My Husband" [10:14]
6. "This Place Stinks" [5:51]
7. A Smart Guy/Money! [12:25]
8. Harry/The Wades [1:29]
9. A Drinkin' Party [7:35]
10. South of the Border [4:29]
11. Dr. V/"Get Out!" [3:38]
12. "Roger!" [6:06]
13. The Naked Truth [9:18]
14. Hit and Run [7:12]
15. As Simple as That [8:55]
16. End Credits [3:56]


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