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The Maltese Falcon

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Title: The Maltese falcon
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2006
Edition: Three-disc special ed
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 252 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features: Includes 2 additional feature films: 1931 version of "The Maltese falcon" and "Satan met a lady" plus bonus features
Originally released as a motion picture in 1941
Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett
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Region 1; Dolby Digital 1.0 mono., dual-layer, DVD-9
Contents: disc. 1. 1941 version of "The Maltese falcon" / directed by John Huston ; screenplay John Huston ; starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George and Peter Lorre
disc. 2. 1931 version of "The Maltese falcon" / directed by Roy Del Ruth ; screenplay & dialogue by Maude Fulton & Brown Holmes ; featuring Bebe Daniels and Richardo Cortez
1936 "Satan met a lady" / directed by William Dieterle ; screenplay by Brown Holmes ; starring Bette Davis and Warren William
disc. 3. Bonus features
Summary: 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.
Audience: Not rated
Additional Contributors: Hammett, Dashiell - 1894-1961
Deutsch, Adolph - 1897-1980
Edeson, Arthur - 1891-1970
MacLane, Barton - 1902-1969
Lorre, Peter
George, Gladys - 1904-1954
Astor, Mary - 1906-1987
Bogart, Humphrey - 1899-1957
Huston, John - 1906-1987
Cortez, Ricardo - 1899-1977
Daniels, Bebe - 1901-1971
Davis, Bette - 1908-1989
William, Warren - 1895-1948
Dieterle, William - 1893-1972
Del Ruth, Roy - 1893-1961
First National Pictures, Inc
Warner Home Video (Firm)
ISBN: 1419814834
Branch Call Number: MALTESE FALCON
Statement of Responsibility: First National Pictures Inc. ; Warner Bros. Pictures ; screenplay, John Huston ; directed by John Huston
Credits: Director of photography, Arthur Edeson ; editor, Thomas Richards ; music, Adolph Deutsch ; costume designer (Gowns), Orry-Kelly.
Performers: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick, Sydney Greenstrett, Ward Bond, Jerome Cowan, Elisha Cook, Jr., James Burke, Murray Alper, John Hamilton.
System Details: DVD format
Other Language: English dialogue, English, French or Spanish subtitles
Subject Headings: Thrillers (Motion pictures) Thrillers (Television programs) Detective and mystery films Feature films Private investigators United States Drama Spade, Sam (Fictitious character) Drama Private investigators United States Drama Spade, Sam (Fictitious character) Drama
Genre/Form: Suspense films
Mystery films
Topical Term: Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Thrillers (Television programs)
Detective and mystery films
Feature films
Private investigators
Spade, Sam (Fictitious character)
Private investigators
Spade, Sam (Fictitious character)
Publisher No: 67601, 79488, 79489
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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.

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.

Feb 21, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Considered to be the best film noir ever produced. And John Huston made this as a first time director.

"This is the stuff that dreams are made of."

Jan 24, 2012
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A classic!! See it.

Oct 15, 2011
  • aaa5756 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A++ all the way for this movie!!!!

Oct 15, 2011
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Considered by many to be the best film noir ever made. This movie and the movie Julia got me to read 3 or 4 of Dashiell Hammett's novels plus read a biography of Hammett.

I myself consider Chinatown to be closest to this one in excellence, with the full essence of film noir.

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

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

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.

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

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