The long goodbye is a 1973 thriller film directed by robert altman and based on raymond chandlers 1953 novel of the same title the screenplay was written by leigh brackett who cowrote the screenplay for the big sleep in 1946 the film stars elliott gould as philip marlowe and features sterling hayden nina van pallandt jim bouton and mark rydell the storys period was moved from 1949 . Directed by robert altman with elliott gould nina van pallandt sterling hayden mark rydell detective philip marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife. The long goodbye is a novel by raymond chandler published in 1953 his sixth novel featuring the private investigator philip marlowe some critics consider it inferior to the big sleep or farewell my lovely but others rank it as the best of his work chandler in a letter to a friend called the novel my best book the novel is notable for using hard boiled detective fiction as a vehicle . The long goodbye raymond chandler on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers crime fiction master raymond chandlers sixth novel featuring philip marlowe the quintessential urban private eye los angeles times in noir master raymond chandlers the long goodbye. The long goodbye as a whole peels back the surfaces of private eye stories paying special attention to their macho bluster and abused women december 15 2014 rating 4 5
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