Sunday, September 4, 2011

Movie posters from Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye

I've never seen Robert Altman's version of Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye, but now I'm intrigued. Apparently the movie initially opened to poor reviews and sales, and United Artists concluded that the problem was Richard Amsel's poster (above). They spent $40,000 on a new campaign designed by Mad magazine artist Jack Davis:

You can read more about the campaign and see more posters here, and buy the posters at eBay.

Here's the trailer:

And it looks like the entire film is at Youtube.


  1. Also on Netflix Streaming. Highly recommended. Also, Arnold Schwarzenegger has a small part as a bodyguard/thug type. Being mid-1970s, he's ripped as hell.

  2. It's a great movie with a likeable protagonist. I loved the opening sequence, I think it really sets the tone very nicely. They did an interesting thing with the theme song as well. Definitely worth watching!

  3. Agreed! An oft overlooked gem that was a big influence on The Big Lebowski.