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The Long Goodbye is a 1973 American neo-noir thriller film directed by Robert Altman and starring Elliott Gould, featuring Sterling Hayden, Nina Van Pallandt, Jim Bouton, Mark Rydell.


Private detective Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) is asked by his old buddy Terry Lennox (Jim Bouton) for a ride to Mexico. He obliges, and when he gets back to Los Angeles is questioned by police about the death of Terry's wife. Marlowe remains a suspect until it's reported that Terry has committed suicide in Mexico. Marlowe doesn't buy it but takes a new case from a beautiful blond, Eileen Wade (Nina van Pallandt), who coincidentally has a past with Terry.


  • Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe
  • Sterling Hayden as Roger Wade
  • Nina van Pallandt as Eileen Wade
  • Mark Rydell as Marty Augustine
  • Henry Gibson as Dr. Verringer
  • David Arkin as Harry
  • Jim Bouton as Terry Lennox
  • Warren Berlinger as Morgan
  • Pancho Córdova as Doctor
  • Enrique Lucero as Jefe
  • Rutanya Alda as Rutanya Sweet
  • Jack Riley as Riley
  • Jerry Jones as Det. Green
  • John S. Davies as Det. Dayton
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger as Hood in Augustine's Office (uncredited)