Robert Mitchum stars as Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler's classic hard-boiled detective. Marlowe's case begins when he is hired by an ex-con to locate his missing sweetheart, Velma. No sooner has Marlowe's search begun th... more »an he's beaten unconscious and wakes up next to a corpse. Marlowe's being framed for the murder and he has to clear his name. But what does this have to do with the missing Velma? Marlowe soon finds himself caught between a beauty and a beast as he doggedly follows every clue looking for answers. His quest takes him from the swankiest of nightclubs to the darkest of back alleys. This is Los Angeles in all its 1940's film-noir glory. This is Raymond Chandler at his best and Robert Mitchum in the role of a lifetime. Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling« less
"Director Richard Rush presented us a valentine with this incredible film, the third version made from the the 1940 Raymond Chandler novel. At least seven actors have portrayed Philip Marlowe. Robert Mitchum, played the part twice. The first time, in this film, he was nothing short of brilliant; just world-weary, battered, meloncholy, and tough enough to spark this tale into a full flame. His voice-over narrative hit perfect pitch; all gravel, too many smokes, and cheap booze. Mitchum, himself the veteran of several Noir classics, played the gumshoe as comfortable as one's favorite overcoat; a perfect fit. He shuffled lazy-lidded yet irascible and alert, as ready for a sap behind the ear, as he was to be the recipient of the sexual energy radiated off of Charlotte Rampling as Helen, the femme. She, likewise, postured perfectly in the Noir 1940's clothes and hairstyles. John Alonzo, fresh from shooting CHINATOWN, presented us with an LA bathed in just the right mix of golden light and shadow. Jerry Goldsmith delivered another spectacular score, overlapping jazz, blues, and swing, underscoring the action and dialogue masterfully. John Ireland, also a veteran of classic Noir, Anthony Zerbe, and Harry Dean Stanton gave tremendous support with their roles. There was even a couple of glimpses of Sly Stallone ( pre-ROCKY ) as a viscious punk. Some of the critics felt that this lush color film had to try too hard for that Noir feel. I disagree. This movie is a modern Noir classic, even in living color."
Somebody please release this!
Eugene J. Casey | USA | 04/06/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"That this film is not currently available on DVD is a dirty shame, as it is among Mitchum's best performances, certainly of his later career as a grizzled vet of the vestiges of life. The film-makers manage to effectively incorporate Mitch's advanced age into this fine adaption of Chandler's novel, giving the film a melancholy, borderline-nostalgiac feel. One can fantasize of John Huston directing Mitchum, say, twenty years earlier, but never mind: "Farewell" is a classic in its own right, benifiting from the success of Polanski's "Chinatown" and the baby boomer's appreciation of film noir and Bogart-era private-eye pictures. Excellent supporting performances abound: John Ireland (one of his best turns), Harry Dean Stanton (in a small role), Anthony Zerbe (before he became almost a cliche). Charlotte Rampling is a deliriously sexy mix of class and trash, and do not miss a couple of scenes with Mitchum and Sylvia Miles that are just perfect. Hey, that is none other than pulp-noir genius Jim Thompson in a tiny but memorable role. His one and only acting job allowed Thompson was able to get much-needed medical insurance."
Lots of dark scenes in old L.A.
Nipper | Mountain View, CA USA | 04/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you know the story it doesn't matter. The moody noir atmosphere is everything in this film. It is the type of movie that can be viewed multiple times. The acting by the veteran actors are authentic for the period. The pacing is right on target and viewing this picture is like going back in a time machine. It captures a time and place in L.A. of the early forties and the story proceeds without any pretense or glamor. They must re-release this film at all costs."
Please re-release on DVD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
viewer | US | 06/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Please re-release this wonderful Robert Mitchum movie on DVD so that humble people such as myself can afford it minus the rip-off prices that the sellers are selling it for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
A correction towards another reviewer
Newman | Olympia, WA United States | 09/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have not seen the film yet, but I have read about it, and I want to see it badly. This review is to correct a very big mistake mentioned in the Terry R. Hiller review (no offense, but I think you should look closely at the credits). The music is not by the late master Jerry Goldsmith (who had scored Chinatown the year before), but by another veteran, who has sadly been quickly forgotten, David Shire. Shire's music toward the film is as haunting as Hiller mentions, with the jazz and '40s sound, and a score that I was very sorry to see Shire not receive an Oscar nomination for. Shire probably scored the music somewhat like Goldsmith's Chinatown score, but at the same time, had his own original touch. I can not stop listening to the score, and to me, it falls right alongside Chinatown as one of the great film noir scores of the '70s. Now that I've already spoiled myself somewhat of the film by listening to the soundtrack first, I must see the film, especially since I enjoyed Chinatown so much. It's too bad that films (with the exception of Road to Perdition) cannot grasp the film noir feeling like it used to."