The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

DVD - 2010
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Detective Sam Spade goes in search of a priceless statuette after the death of his partner.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2010.
Edition: Standard version.
ISBN: 9780780664753
0780664752
Branch Call Number: MAL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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Derringer
Oct 14, 2017

76 years old and still ticking (?) - Barely.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Oct 11, 2017

Last night I was feeling in a bit of a nostalgic mood. And, so - With that, I decided to take a stroll down Hollywood's "Memory Lane" with 1941's "The Maltese Falcon".

Loosely based on the 1930 novel (of the same name) penned by famous crime-writer, Dashiell Hammett (who, in 1953, was blacklisted) - The Maltese Falcon (clearly a product of its time) actually turned out to be a bit of a let-down (though not a major one) for me.

Now, I'm certainly not going to get into trashing this John Huston production in a big way - But I will say that this film has not aged well and its story clearly left a whole lot to be desired.

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DickyMicky
Oct 06, 2017

Now nearly 80 years old - This vintage, Hollywood crime-drama from 1941 was OK at best. It really hasn't aged very well. And the performances were almost laughable at times.

Very wooden acting and stock characterizations. There are irregularities in the plot line that would not be tolerated in a modern movie. The movie was frustratingly out of date.

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trcookIIImddmd
Jun 17, 2017

Not totally boring, but close; few old movies appeal to my sound bite sensibility--The action is just too slow. I'm looking forward to Baby Driver, Ronin being one of my favorite films.

EuSei Mar 10, 2015

Like Sam Spade, in the book the reader is left to wonder what is the big secret his client is keeping. The movie loses a lot of suspense by letting the viewer into it immediately. I don’t think Bogart was (physically) able to convey the Mephistophelian looks Hammett intended for Spade, but he did a very good job. Bogart made a more charming, not a so slimy sort of hard-boiled dick. Mary Astor most definitely conveyed the character’s psychological traits, not her beauty and youth—Miss Astor was then 35 years old, ten years too old for Hammet’s Brigid. I loved Peter Lorre as the effeminate Joel Cairo; but unfortunately Gladys George couldn’t get in the skin of the sexy Iva Archer of the book. Although a film noir, it didn’t carry to the screen the heaviness the book pages exuded. All in all, it was a very good movie, that I enjoyed more than the book--and kept quite close to the book's plot.

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akirakato
Mar 09, 2015

This is a 1941 film noir based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett.
The story follows a San Francisco private detective and his dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers, all of whom are competing to obtain a jewel-encrusted falcon statuette.
In 1539 the Knight Templars of Malta paid tribute to Charles V of Spain by sending him a Golden Falcon encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels.
But pirates seized the galley carrying this priceless token.
The fate of the Maltese Falcon remains a mystery to this day.
It would be much more fascinating if the director looked into this mystery.

LRS1969 Oct 02, 2014

OlivePlaid apparently has hard time realizing how special editions work... and that the movie is on the third disk!

Nor able to realize that this isn't a Complaint Section, but a book / movie review area!

In that regard, this movie is both a classic and absolutely excellent!

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OlivePlaid
Aug 09, 2014

Waste of time if you are looking for a movie since at least two of the discs in this volume are special features and not the actual movie named on the cover.

theorbys Dec 04, 2013

First and best film noir, in fact one of the best films ever made. Everything about it is letter perfect. Bogart is overpowering as Sam Spade, and Mary Astor is the very essence of a femme fatale, plus the supporting cast is flawless.

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Monolith
Nov 15, 2014

Joel Cairo: "You always have a very smooth explanation..." Sam Spade: "What do you want me to do, learn to stutter?"

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Monolith
Mar 06, 2012

Detective Tom Polhaus (picks up the falcon): "Heavy. What is it?" Sam Spade: "The... stuff that dreams are made of."

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Monolith
Mar 06, 2012

Sam Spade (to Joel Cairo): "When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it."

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Monolith
Mar 06, 2012

Sam Spade (to Effie Perine): "You're a good man, sister."

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