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Robert Mitchum's world-weary, heavy-lidded demeanour is well suited to the character of cynical, downbeat private investigator Philip Marlowe. In this effective adaptation set in an authentically sleazy 1940s LA, Marlowe gets hired by an ex-con to track down his missing girlfriend. As ever, things aren't as simple as they seem, and soon Marlowe is mixed up in a complicated plot involving stolen jewels, blackmail and murder - all connected to the mysterious femme fatale Helen Grayle.
This relentlessly paced film noir about an ill-fated heist paved the way for the crime genre in cinema.
11+ years 107 mins
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