Maltese Falcon

Directed By: John Huston Starring: Humphrey Bogart Mary Astor

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Great Flick

on 6/1/2011

This is some of film noir at its finest. Bogart does an ok job of playing the lead, but the story and cinematography are what make this movie a classic. The gritty black and white feel and the stunning use of light and shadow are breathtaking. Good ending too.

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Studio Warner
SKU 217045311
UPC 883929154296
UPC 14 00883929154296
Format DVD
Release Date 10/5/2010
Rating NR
Essential Cinema
Film Noir
Editors Note
Note Hard-drinking private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) sleuths the backyard of San Francisco in search of an elusive black bird statuette while evading the setups of three disparate miscreants: the duplicitous Brigid, the perfumed Mr. Cairo, and the scheming Fat Man. John Huston's brilliant directorial debut is aided by first-rate performances, excellent camera work, as well as the director's acute attention to detail while shooting the film. Based on the crime novel by Dashiell Hammett. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Sydney Greenstreet), and Best Screenplay. Previous versions of the story were filmed in 1931 (a.k.a. DANGEROUS FEMALE) and in 1936 (as SATAN MET A LADY, starring Bette Davis), and poorly redone in 1975 (THE BLACK BIRD).
Memorable Quotes
Quote "When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it!" -- Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) to Cairo (Peter Lorre)
Quote "Don't be too sure I'm as crooked as I'm supposed to be." -- Spade to Brigid O'Shaugnessy (Mary Astor)
Total Film "...The real spark in this suavest of mysteries is provided by its eccentric collection of villains..." -- 5 out of 5 stars 03/01/2000 p.84
Los Angeles Times "...Bogart was always in control....The movie is refreshingly cynical..." 09/03/1998 p.C18
Chicago Sun-Times "...Huston's strategy is crafty....It's all style. It isn't violence or chases, but the way the actors look, move, speak and embody their characters..." 05/13/2001 p.5
Premiere "...FALCON is the archetypal American detective yarn..." 12/01/2003 p.5
Entertainment Weekly "Boldly manipulative light and shadow, utilizing drastic camera angles, and introducing Bogart's Sam Spade, the first-time director's detective classic defines film noir." -- Grade: A 10/06/2006 p.57
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] remains enjoyable for its razor-sharp dialogue....A great example of vintage studio alchemy." 03/01/2007 p.121
Sight and Sound "There is a spareness of style here that puts many of today's bloated thrillers to shame." 03/01/2007 p.83
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "This is pure essence of film noir -- essentially starting the genre..." 03/01/2007 p.97
John Huston
Humphrey Bogart
Mary Astor
Cast & Crew
Gladys George - Star
Ward Bond - Star
Barton MacLane - Star
Emory Parnell - Star
Elisha Cook Jr. - Star
Jerome Cowan - Star
Charles Drake - Star
Murray Alper - Star
James Burke - Star
Robert Homans - Star
Humphrey Bogart - Star
Sydney Greenstreet - Star
William Hopper - Star
Peter Lorre - Star
Lee Patrick - Star
Hank Mann - Star
Creighton Hale - Star
John Hamilton - Star
Jack Mower - Star
Mary Astor - Star
Arthur Edeson - Director of Photography
Thomas Richards - Editor
Orry-Kelly - Costume Designer
Walter Huston - Cameo
Adolph Deutsch - Composer
Robert M. Haas - Production Designer
Dashiell Hammett - Story
Henry Blanke - Producer
John Huston - Screenwriter
John Huston - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1941
UPC 00883929154296
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Color B&W
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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