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Maltese Falcon

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9 /10
Average Rating
9.80 /10
Humphrey Bogart , Mary Astor , Sydney Greenstreet
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Directed by: John Huston
Written by: John Huston from Dashiell Hammett's novel

Released: 1941
Origin: US
Length: 101


Private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart right, with Peter Lorre) suffers the death of his partner, which seems to have something to do with a missing statuette...

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Unbelievably in view of its assured style, this masterpiece of film noir was John Huston's directorial debut. Not only is it one of his best (and most meticulously planned) films, it's one of the finest crime thrillers ever made - thanks in no small measure to Arthur Edeson's brilliant photography. The script cleverly captures the sardonic humour of Hammett's novel, and Huston is well served by a marvellous cast, with Sydney Greenstreet an especially sinister villain. Bogart and Astor make one of the screen's great film noir romantic pairings. It's a remake of a 1931 version, which isn't bad, and already had been remade in 1936 as Satan Met a Lady.

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