The Long Goodbye

on March 07, 1973 by BOXOFFICE Staff
   Returning to films after a two-year absence, Elliot Gould portrays the first spaced-out detective as a hip version of Raymond Chandler's durable Philip Marlowe. Gould and director Robert Altman (previously teamed in M*A*S*H) use the improvisational technique to a great extent, sometimes at the sacrifice of coherence. The co-stars are a colorful and varied lot: veteran star Sterling Hayden, who replaced the late Dan Blocker in the part of a washed-up writer; Nina van Pallandt, the Danish-born singer who was involved in the Clifford Irving-Howard Hughes affair, here making a promising U.S. film debut; ex-Yankee pitcher Jim Bouton, now a TV sportscaster in New York; actor-director Mark Rydell, who recently directed John Wayne in "The Cowboys"; ex-"Laugh-In" regular Hebry Gibson; David Arkin, Warren Berlinger and, in a cameo, David Carradine. Leign Brackett adapted Chandler's novel, she previously having worked on the author's classic "The Big Sleep" (1946) with William Faulkner. Flashing, a process employed for muting colors, captures some dreamy views of Malibu, Los Angeles and Mexico. With all the talent involved, there should be good receptions. Technicolor and Panavision. Jerry Bick produced. United Artists; 112 min. Starring Elliot Gould, Nina van Paallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell, Henry Gibson, David Arkin and Jim Bouton
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