The Maltese Falcon
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- Becoming Attractions: The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart, A Documentary Look At Bogart's Warner Bros. Career Through Trailers of His Films, Hosted By Turner Classic Movies On-Air Personality Robert Osborne
- 2 Theatrical Trailers
- Languages and Subtitles in English and French
- Rated: Unrated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: February 1, 2000
- Originally Released: 1941
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Dolby Digital Stereo - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Includes BECOMING ATTRACTIONS: THE TRAILERS OF HUMPHREY BOGART, a look back at Bogey's Warner Bros. films through trailers, hosted by Robert Osborne.
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailers (2)
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Production Notes
- A HISTORY OF MYSTERY essay
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Humphrey Bogart & Mary Astor|
|Performer:||Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond, Elisha Cook, Jr., Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick, Jerome Cowan, James Burke, Murray Alper, John Hamilton, Emory Parnell, Robert Homans, Creighton Hale, Charles Drake, William Hopper, Hank Mann & Jack Mower|
|Directed by||John Huston|
|Edited by||Thomas Richards|
|Screenwriting by||John Huston|
|Composition by||Adolph Deutsch|
|Story by||Dashiell Hammett|
|Produced by||Henry Blanke|
|Director of Photography:||Arthur Edeson|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"...The real spark in this suavest of mysteries is provided by its eccentric collection of villains..." -- 5 out of 5 stars
"...Bogart was always in control....The movie is refreshingly cynical..."
"...Huston's strategy is crafty....It's all style. It isn't violence or chases, but the way the actors look, move, speak and embody their characters..."
"...FALCON is the archetypal American detective yarn..."
"Boldly manipulative light and shadow, utilizing drastic camera angles, and introducing Bogart's Sam Spade, the first-time director's detective classic defines film noir." -- Grade: A
4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] remains enjoyable for its razor-sharp dialogue....A great example of vintage studio alchemy."
"There is a spareness of style here that puts many of today's bloated thrillers to shame."
5 stars out of 5 -- "This is pure essence of film noir -- essentially starting the genre..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
An all-star cast (including Greenstreet, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook, Jr.) join Bogart in this crisply written sizzler that placed in the top quarter of the American Film Institute's 100 Greatest American Films list. Many say it's the best detective drama ever. Each time you see it, you'll find it hard to disagree.
- THE MALTESE FALCON was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.
- Dashiell Hammett's novel was first adapted for the screen in 1931. Known alternately as "The Maltese Falcon" and "Dangerous Female," this version was directed by Roy del Ruth and starred Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Robert Elliott, Thelma Todd, Una Merkel, and Dwight Frye.
In 1936, a second adaptation appeared. The William Dieterle film, "Satan Met a Lady," featured Bette Davis, Warren William, Alison Skipworth, and Arthur Treacher.
After years of screenwriting, John Huston made his directorial debut with "Falcon." His father, actor Walter Huston, has a cameo in the film.
- Sydney Greenstreet made his sound-film debut with "Falcon." He was previously a member of the Lunt-Fontaine theater troupe.
- Mary Astor and Humphrey Bogart were cited by the National Board of Review for their acting achievement in "The Maltese Falcon."
- A colorized version of the film is also available.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 261 ratings.
This is a classic Bogey vehicle, with Mary Astor as the love interest. Maybe in her day, Mary Astor was considered a hottie, but I personally think she detracts somewhat from the smoky sexual intrigue thread of the plot. Based loosely on the fabled Crusades history of the Order of the Knights Hospitaler of Malta, a fabulous jewel-encrusted bird was supposed to have been sent by the Knights as a tribute to Spain's then-King Phillip. The Falcon is, of course, stolen, and an unending search by desperate people carries on through the centuries. Fast-forward... With the unannounced arrival of a sea captain -- laced with .45 bullet holes -- at his door, clutching the prize in brown wrapping paper, our hero, Sam Spade, is drawn into the international web of murder and deceit which has long surrounded the fabled Falcon. A wonderful cast of characters (Astor, Peter Laurie, Elisha Cook, Sydney Greenstreet, and even good old Ward Bond of TV's Wagon Train fame) give fine performances. The storyline takes plenty of twists; the acting is great; and that Falcon finally ends up...? (sorry... I ain't gonna spill the beans).
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