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The Maltese Falcon
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - John Huston


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).

Film Info

RUNTIME - 252 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 1941

ATTRIBUTES - Full-Frame

SPECIAL FEATURES (DVD Only) -

DVD Features:

3-Disc Set

Digipak

Special Edition

Disc 1: THE MALTESE FALCON

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Director

John Huston

Producer

Henry Blanke

Screenwriter

John Huston

Star(s)

William Hopper

Star(s)

Peter Lorre

Star(s)

Lee Patrick

Star(s)

Gladys George

Star(s)

Ward Bond

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Press

"...The real spark in this suavest of mysteries is provided by its eccentric collection of villains..." -- 5 out of 5 stars

- John Wrathall, Total Film

"...Bogart was always in control....The movie is refreshingly cynical..."

- Mark Chalon Smith, Los Angeles Times

 

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