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The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep
  • UR
  • 1h 54m
  • 1946
Certified Fresh97%
Common Sense Media Iconage 12+
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Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall ignite the screen in this classic film noir adaptation of Raymond Chandler's steamy detective novel. When private investigator Philip Marlowe (Bogart) accepts the blackmail case of one of Los Angeles' wealthiest men, his probe leads deep into a web of lies, drugs, pornography and murder woven around his client's two beautiful daughters. But Marlowe's most startling discovery is his inexorable attraction to one of the sisters.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh97%
Critics Consensus: A perfect match of screenplay, director, and leading man, The Big Sleep stands as a towering achievement in film noir whose grim vitality remains undimmed.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Classic noir gem has menace, innuendo.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Big Sleep is a film noir gem directed by Howard Hawks that was released in 1946. It features a great star of the day, Humphrey Bogart. He was paired with relative newcomer Lauren Bacall in an effort to reprise the sizzling chemistry that had made their previous collaboration, To Have and Have Not, a hit in 1944. As in that film, sexuality is an all-pervasive undercurrent, although only clothed kissing is on display. (The actors were married to each other by the time the movie was released.) Kids may find this movie's black-and-white world alien, a place where men wear suits and fedoras, women are called "Sugar" and "Honey," and adults smoke cigarettes constantly, but an incorruptible character bent on solving mysteries may still hold interest. Adults drink alcohol. One character seems to use drugs, but the exact substance remains unnamed. Several characters are killed on screen, one by poison and others by gunshot, but no gore is visible.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Release Date:August 31, 1946
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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