The Maltese Falcon

DVD - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Maltese Falcon
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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: 0780664752
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE M
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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List - Film Noir 101 by: nypl_mid_manhattan Aug 18, 2012

The Maltese Falcon (1941, 100 min) is directed by John Huston and stars Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. It is based on Dashiell Hammett's 1930 novel of the same name. Originally released by Warner Bros. Pictures on October 18, 1941.

#6. Released in 1941. Directed by John Huston. Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett.


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Mar 10, 2015
  • EuSei rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 09, 2015
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 02, 2014
  • LRS1969 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Oct 02, 2014
  • OlivePlaid rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 04, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 23, 2013
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

why is it assumed that woman is going to jail for killing miles? sam spades' say so? theres no evidence against her.

Jun 14, 2013

Everyone who likes movies should watch this a few times over their lifetime. I'll just comment about the features, which aren't real features. Other than the trailers for a few contemporary films, there's only one feature. It's a commentary overdubbed over the film as it progresses, but it's really about this and that character actor (Ward Bond, for instance) and his career and relationship to Bogart, or someone else. Nothing about the film itself. A few quaint notes here and there about a poster in the background in this particular scene that advertises a Bogie flick that was his very worst; or about how only in a single wordless scene, where his partner gets shot, does Sam Spade not appear onscreen. Etc.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A stylistic piece of workmanship. (Supposedly) touted as the first of the film noir genre. Bogart was larger than life. The entire cast was superb, notably the 'humbugging' Greenstreet, and the sniveling Lorre. A helluva directorial debut for John Huston. FIVE STARS.

May 24, 2012
  • btmslt rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A good film with a bit of a let down concerning the solution to the mystery.

Mar 12, 2012
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best films ever, period. Bogart at his finest, and he's surrounded by a brilliant cast.

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Nov 15, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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Feb 04, 2013
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