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Maltese Falcon, The (1941) Movie Information

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John Huston


Humphrey Bogart
Peter Lorre
Mary Astor
Gladys George
Barton MacLane
Sydney Greenstreet





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A private detective gets mixed up in a hunt for a valuable item. As he searches for the loot, plot points are exposed.

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Snoogans 10/07/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The most iconic example of the hard-boiled private eye noir film. Bogart plays it cool and is the driving force of this fast talking mystery. A decent watch, but far from being my favorite noir.

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patjohnson76 02/04/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Classic film noir that gives you everything you would want in a film like this: murder, mystery, suspicious characters, a femme fatale, twists, turns, and of course, Humphrey Bogart. The story takes several turns, just when you think you have it figured out you find yourself questioning it again. They just don't make films like this anymore, and that's too bad.

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mitchellyoung 08/21/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is one of the most iconic noir mysteries in film. It has everything that will please mystery buffs - red herring clues, memorable and sinister characters, a gruff and tough Bogart performance, and some beautiful noir photography that builds on a Rembrandt-like pallette of shadows and highlights.

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11/24/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The stuff that dreams are made of"

Among the movies we not only love but treasure, “The Maltese Falcon” stands as one of those films. Consider what was true after its release in 1941 and was not true before:

(1) The movie defined Humphrey Bogart's performances for the rest of his life; his hard-boiled Sam Spade rescued him from a decade of middling roles in B gangster movies and positioned him for “Casablanca,” “Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” “The African Queen” and his other classics.
(2) It was the first film directed by John Huston, who for more than 40 years would be a prolific maker of movies that were muscular, stylish and daring.
(3) It contained the first screen appearance of Sydney Greenstreet, who went on, in “Casablanca” and many other films, to become one of the most striking character actors in movie hist...

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05/01/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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"But business should be transacted in a businesslike manner." Viewing this again for better appreciation, the effect was positive. Sometimes simplicity is best in presenting a great story. Private investigators Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) and Miles Archer were approached by Ruth Wonderly (Mary Astor), who was looking for her sister. Archer has been shot so Police Detective Tom Polhaus (Ward Bond) and Lieutenant Dundy (Barton MacLane) investigates Sam. Ruth admits her real name is Brigid O'Shaughnessy. Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre) meets Spade to recover an ornament by means of force. Brigid talks to Sam about the Falcon. Kasper Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet), the "Fat Man" gives Sam a call.

One minor detail that this critic found mysterious was an unknown Captain Jacobi of the La Palo...

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03/15/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Maltese Falcon" by Yojimbo

A lot of films that are considered "classic" are viewed because you feel you ought to rather than because you want to, and the result can be disappointment. The Maltese Falcon is an all-time classic that not only deserves to be seen, but demands it. Bogart's cynical anti-hero was far from the square-jawed do-gooder that was the staple of the crime story of the time, and Huston's own adaptation of Hammet's novel has barbed dialogue zinging off every character like a hail of ricocheting bullets. Some examples of this type of film can be too convoluted for their own good, but the comparatively straightforward plot of The Maltese Falcon makes it the perfect entry point for anyone interested in Film Noir, and what you'll find is a wealth of taut, witty dialogue, timeless characters and one of ...

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