The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

DVD - 2006
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Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed while tailing a man. The woman who asked his partner to follow the man turns out to be someone who is not what she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the 'Maltese Falcon', a gold-encrusted life-sized statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2006
Edition: Three-disc special ed
ISBN: 9781419814839
1419814834
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 252 min.) : | videorecording 4 3/4 in

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Derringer
Apr 06, 2019

"The Maltese Falcon" is now nearly 80 years old and, as you may find (like I did), its story is clearly of product of its time.

With that said - I mean to say that "The Maltese Falcon" is, sadly enough, a very dated picture whose overall "interest-factor" doesn't hold up very well in this day and age that we presently live in.

Generally speaking - This film's plot-line (which was adapted for the screen from the Dashiell Hammett novel of the same name) is, more often than not, quite confused to the point of being downright annoying.

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ManMachine
Aug 28, 2018

Clearly a product of its time - 1941's "The Maltese Falcon" is (IMO) very much like taking a somewhat rocky, little stroll down old "Memory Lane".

While WW2 raged on over in Europe - "The Maltese Falcon" was just the sort of film that certainly proved to be one of the best kinds of escapism from the horrors of reality for American audiences back home.

Personally, I found this picture to be somewhat confusing in its storytelling.

I think it's interesting to note that author, Dashiell Hammett (whose 1930 novel of the same name was used as this film's basis) was blacklisted as a "Commie" in 1953 during the vicious McCarthy witch hunts.

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RilesJ
May 02, 2018

Stale relic with many examples of poor screen writing, telling instead of showing, and boring cinematography. The story is a mess, and it was against using silence as a tool. Not a classic movie, it might have been the first noir mystery, but nothing more than that.

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rswcove
Nov 24, 2015

This movie is one of the most iconic movies in history and practically defines the Noir genre in the public imagination. The film turned out to be much different than I expected. Worth a watch, definitely.

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KerrAvon
Aug 02, 2011

This was the second remaking of the film, and this one sticks the closest to the original atmosphere of Hammett's novel. Bogart's performance is outstanding. Sydney Greenstreet made his movie debut in this one (in his 60's;before he was a stage actor). He was petrified to be in front of the camera-but you would never guess. Huston's direction is excellent. Noir at its finest.

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AtomicFez
May 14, 2011

The 3-disc edition also contains an extra audio track with commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax, two earlier adaptations made from the original novel, "Warner Night at the Movies 1941" with a 'Short Subjects Gallery' presenting a vintage newsreel, Technicolor musical short "The Gay Parisian", and the classic cartoons "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt" and "Meet John Doughboy". As if that's not enough, there' also an audio-only bonus: 3 radio show adaptations including a version starring Edward G. Robinson.

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pronto1961
Feb 04, 2013

pronto1961 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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